Crisis Management: Focus on What you can Control 

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How do you choose what to worry about? In the 24-hour news cycle, we’re hit from all directions with the latest “crisis” the world is facing. Obesity. Sleep deprivation. Student-loan debt. A shortage of biscuits. It’s constant and can be exhausting. That’s not even taking into consideration the “crises” we experience in our own personal…

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Equal Pay Debate Worth Another Look 

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What are we aiming for when it comes to equal wages these days? Sometimes it seems like a moving target. For example, should two workers doing the same job get the same pay? Or should the person who performs better receive more income, and is that judgment arbitrary or based on strict, measurable criteria? Should…

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We’re Living in a Digital World 

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Madonna, David Bowie, Lady Gaga: Some of the most successful entertainers in show business have been renowned for reinventing themselves. But, when you think about how much our lives have changed over the years, reinvention has become a part of our everyday routines as well. Twenty-five years ago, we had to stay at home if…

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Statistics on Centenarians Don’t Always Make Sense

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While it’s true that people, in general, are living longer than ever, unfortunately there’s no guarantee that applies to everyone across the board. A recent study showed men and women in the lower 25 percent of socioeconomic status have not achieved the same average longevity as those in the highest quarter. We believe the reason…

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Flipping the Script on the Gender Pay Gap

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Despite increased efforts to narrow the financial gap between men and women, there’s still no shortage of cultures that prioritize males when it comes to divvying up the monetary spoils. In China, when divorcing couples can’t agree on how to divide their assets, the family home typically goes to the men, even though Chinese women…

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Feeling Stressed? Find Some Green.

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It’s not easy being green. That signature line delivered by Jim Henson’s Kermit the Frog, and later covered by Frank Sinatra and countless others, has taken on a variety of meanings over the years. One way the classic Muppets song applies to the world today is the difficulty in finding green areas in urban neighborhoods.…

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Don’t Spend Summer in Hot Water

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Everyone slips up from time to time. It’s human nature. But some mishaps are easier to make up for than others. A misstep in your financial decision making can have significant and far-reaching ramifications, which is why it’s generally a good idea to run your ideas by an objective professional to avoid regrets in the…

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Health Care Reform Here to Stay

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If there were any lingering doubts about the long-term sustainability of the Affordable Care Act (also known as the ACA or Obamacare), a recent Supreme Court ruling assured the health care overhaul is here to stay. Not only does the King v. Burwell ruling handed down by Chief Justice John Roberts put the ACA on…

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The Heat of Negotiations

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As we approach the dog days of summer, the world’s elected officials are pouring on the heat in political debates ranging from Euro debt to global trade agreements. Greece and its creditors have been arguing over how much debt Greece must repay each year. The discord has led others in the European Union — even…

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What’s That You Say?

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People are notorious for saying things they don’t actually mean, particularly during an argument. On the flip side, saying things that have a different meaning than what’s intended is human nature and often the cause of an argument in the first place. After all, no one is a mind reader. [CLICK HERE to read the…

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