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Money experts tell young women to aim high - even for babysitting pay

philly.com - 1 hour 35 min ago
Reuters editor Lauren Young and Farnoosh Torabi, author of three books including "When She Makes More," had a key message Saturday for young women in high school:
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Annual report offers new clues about Buffett's successor

philly.com - 1 hour 44 min ago
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Billionaire Warren Buffett is proud of what he's built as Berkshire Hathaway's CEO over the past 50 years, but he's also willing to admit making a few costly mistakes along the way.
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Funeral directors plot to make you pre-pay

philly.com - 1 hour 57 min ago
My wife passed away last year, and she was just 43 years old. I paid cash for the funeral and all the arrangements. Now, I’m getting solicitations from the funeral home, wanting me to prepay my own funeral. I’m 45 years old. Is this a good idea?
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The Surprising Places Where Canada Is Creating Jobs

huffingtonpost.ca - 2 hours 1 min ago
Canada’s job market may not be struggling quite as badly as recent reports suggest, according to new numbers from StatsCan.

The agency’s labour force survey, released last month, found Canada lost 4,300 jobs in December, but an alternate measure released this week says the country actually added 21,800 jobs that month.

The survey of payroll employment and hours found some unexpected sources of job growth -- natural resources and energy, for example.

Despite depressed oil and commodity prices, the mining, oil and gas sector added 1,200 jobs in December, and the total number of jobs was up 3.1 per cent compared to a year earlier.

That’s three times as strong as overall job growth for all industries, which amounted to 1 per cent over that time.

And despite all the talk about the slowdown in Alberta, the province was still leading job growth in Canada as of the end of last year, adding 70,000 jobs over the course of 2014, the fastest rate of any province.

Interestingly, it’s the same thing in the U.S.’s oil fields: Resource jobs in Texas and North Dakota have shown no sign of slowing down, despite reports of individual oil companies laying workers off.

The job growth probably won’t last, though. Alberta’s finance ministry projects the province will lose 31,800 jobs this year, thanks to the oil price rout.

Some other surprises in the report: Atlantic provinces are leading the way in wage growth, with wages in Newfoundland seeing the largest jump, 4.4 per cent in the year to December.

New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Nova Scotia all saw wage growth above average, while Canada’s largest provinces (Ontario, Quebec and B.C.) all saw wage growth below the national average.

Overall, wages in Canada were up by 2 per cent in the year to December, a slower pace of growth than was seen just months earlier, when it was above 3 per cent at an annual pace.

That fits with Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz’s assertion this week that falling oil prices will reduce Canadian incomes, which in turn could worsen Canadians’ debt burdens.





Charts by William Alcopra
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The Malaysia Airlines Accidents

Forbes - 2 hours 1 min ago
Two Malaysia Airlines jets have been involved in high profile accidents in 2014. A look at both accidents and the theories behind them.
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Why MH370 Will Likely Remain Lost

Forbes - 2 hours 1 min ago
Despite protestations to the contrary, what remains of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will likely never be found. That’s the hard truth that the search crews and the families and friends of the victims have yet to fully embrace, but we’re getting there and fast.
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Chinese RMB Consolidates Second Most Used Currency Ranking For DC Trade Transactions

Forbes - 2 hours 3 min ago
After the Chinese Renminbi (RMB), the official currency of the People’s Republic of China, broke into fifth spot this January amongst top payments currency globally according to the SWIFT RMB Tracker with a market share of 2.06% (behind the Japanese Yen), new figures out late this February from Brussels-headquartered Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) revealed RMB activity share for documentary credit (DC) transactions rose to 9.43% in January 2015 - consolidating its number two ranking.
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Microsoft Adds New Features With Latest Updates To Its Band Wearable Device

Forbes - 2 hours 3 min ago
I wrote about my initial thoughts on the Microsoft Band, right here. I’ve been using the Band daily since Christmas of last year and am a fan of the device. I had noticed a couple of quirks with the Band early on, like the heart rate monitor taking too long to lock in and Bluetooth syncs occasionally failing, but updates to the Microsoft Fitness app, the band’s firmware, and potentially Windows Phone 8.1 itself, seem to have taken care of those issues.  For the last few weeks, the Band has been behaving perfectly for me.
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Buffett: don't expect another 50 years of outperformance at Berkshire

Reuters - 2 hours 4 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - In his 50 years at the helm of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, Warren Buffett has transformed a failing textile company into a sprawling conglomerate that has vastly outperformed most of the rest of corporate America. But he now says: Do not expect a repeat of that outperformance in the next 50. In the 84-year-old's annual shareholder letter released on Saturday, Buffett said Berkshire has grown so large - 751,000 times its original net worth per share - that the future pace o
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2016 Porsche Cayenne GTS And Turbo S

Forbes - 2 hours 10 min ago
Performance luxury SUVs continue to improve, and Porsche continues to evolve and develop the Cayenne lineup to compete. The latest entries in the Cayenne lineup show up to be counted.
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2016 Porsche Cayenne GTS And Turbo S Test Drive And Review

Forbes - 2 hours 10 min ago
Is there room in the Porsche Cayenne lineup for two more variants? If they're as distinctive as the 2016 Cayenne GTS and Turbo S, the answer seems to be "Oh, yes."
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What You Should Know Before Watching Vice's Special About Curing Cancer

Forbes - 2 hours 17 min ago
Video Tomorrow night at 10 pm on the east and west coasts of the United States, Vice, the TV arm of the fast-growing Vice media empire, will air a special on HBO that posits that scientists are closing in on a cure for cancer. “Today in real time there is a revolution
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How to write a speech for any occasion

Mashable - 2 hours 24 min ago
There's nothing worse than staring at a blank screen, and wondering how you'll begin to write a speech. Oh wait, there is something worse: Staring at a blank screen, and wondering how to start your speech — while your deadline is hanging over your head. Add some pressure to a confused mind and a dreaded task and, well, you're likely to throw something together, throw up your hands, or throw in the towel. But don't get mad — get strategic. In my work coaching busy people (from powerful Hollywood movie moguls to nervous maids of honor) to make speeches, I have found that following these three simple steps can quickly take you from ideation to oration Read more...More about Speech, Audience, Business, Marketing, and Speaker
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The Seven Trends That Define The Future of IVF

Forbes - 2 hours 28 min ago
Your humble columnist, a retired reproductive endocrinologist, suggests the following seven trends that will define in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the coming decade:
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Console OS Developers Release x86 Compatible Android Distro For PCs

Forbes - 3 hours 27 min ago
The idea of running Android alongside another operating system on the PC is not new. Asus, Lenovo and others have already released a few tablets and all-on-one systems that had the ability to switch back and forth between Android and Windows Environments, but the implementations to date have been somewhat clunky.  The enterprising Team iConsole developers at Mobile Media Ventures Inc., however, have taken things a step further and released a downloadable distribution of Android that can be installed on an x86 system by end-users, and dual-booted with Windows (and presumably, other OSes, eventually). That distro is called Console OS. Console OS has been talked about before, when it first hit Kickstarter, for example, but the OS is not in the wild and ready for public consumption.
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Brick And Mortar Stores Matter More Than Ever

Forbes - 3 hours 28 min ago
Reports of the retail's death have been greatly exaggerated. Online shopping is certainly on the rise, but the role of the store is is more important than ever.
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La Sapienza: A Cinematic Homage To Baroque Master Borromini

Forbes - 3 hours 30 min ago
A selection last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival and Lincoln Center's New York Film Festival, the Kino Lorber film release La Sapienza comes to New York’s Lincoln Plaza Cinema on March 20th, before opening in select cities.As Monteverdi's sacred Vespers choral music sets the mood to open La Sapienza, a panning camera shot settles on St. Peter's Basilica that dominates the Rome skyline. The lens moves on to other, as-yet-unidentifiable locations to linger on tight close-ups of elegantly proportioned Baroque windows, plaster ceilings, limestone columns, and centuries-old caryatids. From the silly National Lampoon’s Vacation to mannered films like A Room With a View and Lost in Translation, road trips and travel themes have long been a great movie tradition. Even in a comedy-crime caper like In Bruges the gorgeous setting is part of the cast. In recent memory, few works take us on quite the aesthetic journey that filmmaker Eugène Green's La Sapienza does. 
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Loyalty Is A Good Bargaining Chip At The Dealership

Forbes - 3 hours 33 min ago
All of the car companies periodically pledge allegiance to customer loyalty, and now is one of those times.
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