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What your employees need from you

In the quest to crack the code on employee engagement, some companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year on wasted efforts to “develop” their leaders. Because leadership development is broad, it needs to be clearly defined for business outcomes. The common denominator is teaching...

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  • Motorola Solutions' new AI partnership could use body cameras to find missing kids

    Motorola Solutions' new AI partnership could use body cameras to find missing kids

    Motorola Solutions is teaming up with Boston-based AI firm Neurala to develop “smart” cameras that could assist police officers in the hunt for a suspect, a missing child or suspicious backpack, the companies announced this week. By integrating Neurala’s deep-learning software into its devices,...

  • Can entrepreneurship help revive Syria? This Polsky Center leader is training teens in business

    Can entrepreneurship help revive Syria? This Polsky Center leader is training teens in business

    Chicagoan Steve Lehmann has taken his expertise in early business development nearly 6,000 miles away to the Turkish border town of Reyhanli. His mission: to teach Syrian teens how to launch startups of their own. Even as war rages in the nation, there are still students learning business and plenty...

  • This smart doorbell from Motorola alums blew past its crowdfunding goal

    This smart doorbell from Motorola alums blew past its crowdfunding goal

    A team of former Motorola engineers has landed a crowdfunding hit: a connected doorbell that lets users on mobile devices and laptops see and speak with whomever is at the door. Xchime, a new app-controlled HD video doorbell, has a night vision camera and allows for review and playback. The Wi-Fi-powered...

  • This broadcaster found new life in a tech job at CityBase

    This broadcaster found new life in a tech job at CityBase

    What's it really like to work at Chicago startups and tech companies? Blue Sky's Inside Job lets people on the ground tell us in their own words. Jasmine Woods, 26, Solutions Engineer at CityBase We create payment applications and kiosks for government agencies, so we make it easier for people...

Kiplinger

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  • Using second home as residence for tax purposes

    Using second home as residence for tax purposes

    Q: I live in New York. If I buy a second home in Florida, can I count Florida as my residence for state tax purposes? A: Maybe. State laws vary, but in general, you need to be able to prove that you intend to make the lower-tax state (Florida has no state income tax) your permanent home, says Rocky...

  • Contributing to solo 401(k) and Roth IRA

    Contributing to solo 401(k) and Roth IRA

    Q: I’m self-employed and want to contribute to a Simplified Employee Pension or a solo 401(k). Can I also contribute the full amount to a Roth IRA? A: Yes. Your IRA contributions don’t affect your SEP or solo 401(k) limits. The IRA can be a Roth if your modified adjusted gross income is less than...

  • Tax implications of RMDs, charitable contributions

    Tax implications of RMDs, charitable contributions

    Q: I’m 70 1/2 and need to start taking required minimum distributions from my retirement accounts. I know I can make a tax-free transfer from my IRA to charity and have it count as my RMD. But what’s the advantage of doing that versus withdrawing the money and making a charitable donation on my...

  • What does airline owe you for overbooked flight?

    What does airline owe you for overbooked flight?

    Airlines routinely sell more tickets for a flight than the number of seats that are available — as became widely known after the disturbing incident involving the doctor who was dragged from his seat on a United flight. It can pay to voluntarily give up your seat, though. Relinquishing your spot...

Jill On Money

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  • Summer reading for financial smarts

    Summer reading for financial smarts

    It’s a tough sell to recommend financial books as summer reading, but the following will not feel at all like required reading. Wall Street: good, bad, ugly “Why Wall Street Matters” by William Cohan (Random House): The author is not one to shy away from confronting the excesses of the lords of...

  • Don't endanger nest egg to help your grown children

    Don't endanger nest egg to help your grown children

    Despite improving job prospects for recent college graduates, many are headed back to their parents’ homes to save money. They are not alone. According to the Census Bureau, about one-third of 18- to 34-year-olds, or about 24 million, lived in their parents’ homes in 2015. And of the millions boomeranging...

  • Are we heading toward Debt Bubble 2.0?

    Are we heading toward Debt Bubble 2.0?

    Is another debt bubble about to burst? The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently reported that total household debt reached $12.73 trillion in the first quarter of 2017, surpassing its $12.68 trillion peak reached in 2008. Before you start panicking, the new record debt level “is neither a...

  • Congratulations, graduate! Now start a money plan

    Congratulations, graduate! Now start a money plan

    Soon after doffing their caps and gowns, college graduates should develop their first financial plans. Here’s how to start: Create a cash flow: This is not a budget but rather a process that will allow you to track what’s coming in and going out. This may sound annoying, but think of it as a way...

Terry Savage

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  • What paperwork you should be saving

    What paperwork you should be saving

    It’s important to be organized and thoughtful when doing a cleanup, so you don’t throw out important papers that might one day help prove you don’t owe taxes. Storing financial records doesn’t necessarily involve stacking boxes of records in your closet. Think digitally. You might want to scan...

  • Pay attention to new retirement account fees

    Pay attention to new retirement account fees

    The Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule is going into effect despite the efforts of financial firms to block it. In fact, Wall Street has found a way to profit from the new rules at the expense of vulnerable American investors. The concept of the fiduciary rule is simple and logical. Any salesperson...

  • Rebalancing portfolio takes discipline

    Rebalancing portfolio takes discipline

    Buying and holding a diversified portfolio of American stocks — such as the S&P 500 stock index — has been a winning strategy over the long run, beating most managed mutual funds and investment adviser recommendations. But what happens if it’s too successful? That’s actually a problem you might...

  • Estate planning not only for older people

    Estate planning not only for older people

    A recent column about getting financially organized triggered many questions about estate planning. This is not just a subject for older people or those with a lot of money. Young families with children and mortgage payments are likely the least prepared and most vulnerable in the unexpected death...

Kids & Money

  • Money lessons shouldn't take a vacation

    Money lessons shouldn't take a vacation

    Teaching your kids some financial pointers may be the last thing on your mind when heading out on a family summer vacation. I get it. You're running in a thousand different directions trying to get ready to leave, and all you want to do when you get to the beach, the mountains or the campsite is...

      • Many student loan borrowers struggle with cycle of debt

        Many student loan borrowers struggle with cycle of debt

        The student loan debt problem is framed with lots of big numbers. Last year, about 1.2 million borrowers defaulted on federal direct loans. That amounted to more than two borrowers every minute. More than 8 million borrowers are currently in default on federal student loans. Nearly 42.4 million...

          • Gen Z not eager to take on student debt

            Gen Z not eager to take on student debt

            The current crop of high school students — members of Generation Z — like Snapchat, Instagram and almost everything else digital. And, according to a new survey, they also would prefer to be free of college debt burdens. Unlike members of Generation Y — and especially Gen Xers — Gen Z teens seem...

              • Challenges shake loan forgiveness program

                Challenges shake loan forgiveness program

                You've spent the last nine years since college in the Peace Corps with a goal of maintaining eligibility for a federal program that would wipe out your remaining student loan debt. Or with the same goal in mind, you worked as a doctor in a poor, rural community, taught on an Indian tribal reservation...

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