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Election Clues from the S&P

Can the stock market predict the outcome of a presidential election--especially one as tight as this? Historically yes, sort of. Since 1900, if the S&P 500 posts gains from July 31 to October 31 prior to an election, the incumbent saw a victory...

My Storm Sanity Strategy

I'm working hard to avoid the Frankenstorm frenzy, which looks like the divorces of many of my close friends. It's the end of the world! Fill your bathtubs with water! Hope we all SURVIVE!  Rather than get sucked into the drama, I'm working...

Julie Powell: My Personal Take on Money

Julie Powell’s rise from blogger to amateur chef to bestselling author was immortalized in the hit movie Julie & Julia. Here, she dishes up her thoughts on money.  What does “wealth” mean to you? Peace of mind. Sure, I'd love a villa in Tuscany...

Be Prepared for Life (and Death)

If you die, the people who are dependent on you suddenly will be suddenly bereft of you and your income.   So claim open enrollment season for yourself—whether you have job benefits or not—and invest in one of the cheapest ways to sleep better:...

Must read, watch, think & talk about

Legal trouble. Since it acquired Merrill Lynch in 2008, Bank of America has been entangled in a series of pricey legal battles. A high note, literally, was last week's $2.43 billion payout to settle a class-action lawsuit in which plaintiffs...

Hot Topics for Today

You’ve heard about the attacks on U.S. embassies in Egypt and Libya yesterday. The U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three staff members, were killed. That the violence happened on 9/11 casts a deeper shadow over these terrible...

Face to Face with Otherness

Amanda Steinberg is the founder of DailyWorth. At the time of the 9/11 attacks, she lived four blocks from the World Trade Center. Running down the street on that warm September morning, I experienced what few Americans have: explosion,...

In Defense of Total Relaxation

How are you going to spend the last official week of summer? Will you savor the still-long days, or stress about the return to reality: back to school, back to a no-nonsense work schedule?Answer: Respect the recharge. “The space and quiet that...

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