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What improv can teach companies about creative problem solving

Have you heard the one about the man who took off his pants in the middle of a corporate training exercise? “That happened once!” says actor Robyn Scott. She’s describing the freewheeling atmosphere integral to the communications workshops she runs for Second City, the Chicago improv theater that...

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  • University of Chicago to invest $25 million in student and faculty startups

    University of Chicago to invest $25 million in student and faculty startups

    The University of Chicago will put $25 million of its $7.1 billion endowment into startups over the next decade, it announced Friday. It will be the first time the endowment invests directly in startups. The announcement came as part of the Innovation Fund finals, an event at the Polsky Exchange...

  • Dolly launches on-demand Christmas tree delivery in Chicago

    Dolly launches on-demand Christmas tree delivery in Chicago

    If your least favorite holiday memories involve tying a 7-foot tree precariously to the roof of your Prius, this startup may have just the thing. Dolly, the peer-to-peer app connecting owners of heavy stuff to movers, is now offering Christmas tree deliveries to Chicagoans who don’t have a car...

  • Could Snapchat Spectacles come to Illinois soon?

    Could Snapchat Spectacles come to Illinois soon?

    Could Snapchat’s new Spectacles be headed to Chicago anytime soon? Right now, the company isn't allowed to sell them here, according to the Illinois Department of Revenue. But that could change quickly. The $129.99 sunglasses with a built-in video camera have taken the wearable tech market by storm....

  • Toymakers want to bring STEM to playtime, filling gaps from schools

    Toymakers want to bring STEM to playtime, filling gaps from schools

    Having a mouse in the house can be a good thing. That's what Vernon Hills-based Learning Resources is trying to convince parents as the company tries to sell its new Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set. The $60 toy encourages programming, allowing players to use directional tiles to direct a robot...

Kiplinger

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  • Pension: Lump sum or lifetime payments?

    Pension: Lump sum or lifetime payments?

    If you're lucky enough to be eligible for a pension, before you clock out you'll probably be asked to choose between a lump sum and guaranteed lifetime payments. With the guaranteed payments, you'll have the security of knowing they will last as long as you do. With a lump sum, you can invest the...

  • FSA or child-care credit on taxes?

    FSA or child-care credit on taxes?

    Q: My employer is offering a dependent-care flexible spending account for 2017. Would I get a bigger tax break for my toddler's day-care costs with the FSA or by taking the child-care credit on my income tax return? You'll generally get a bigger break with the FSA, especially as your income rises....

  • Papa Gronkowski shares money lessons he instilled in his successful sons

    Papa Gronkowski shares money lessons he instilled in his successful sons

    I recently interviewed Gordon Gronkowski, who played football at Syracuse University and raised five boys who all played professional sports. Rob, the second-youngest, is a tight end for the New England Patriots. He and his dad recently teamed up with insurer MassMutual to promote financial fitness....

  • How to protect your Social Security number

    How to protect your Social Security number

    Protecting your Social Security number and avoiding online and phone scams are critical to preventing your personal data from falling into the wrong hands. A Social Security number is like gold to an identity thief. A crook can use it -- along with other information, such as your name, address...

Jill On Money

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  • Election jitters? Don't let it affect investment moves

    Election jitters? Don't let it affect investment moves

    Defying the polls and odds, Donald Trump won the presidential election. As the results became clear late Tuesday night, financial markets around the world reacted swiftly: Stocks plunged (at one point during the overnight session, U.S. futures were down 5 percent, indicating a more than 800 point...

  • Study insurance options carefully to get best deal

    Study insurance options carefully to get best deal

    Like most Americans, you're probably weighing options in the open enrollment period for health insurance and other workplace benefits. Like most people, you will probably default to what you did last year. That's a shame, because spending some time with your various plan options can help you save...

  • New fiduciary rule set to give investors a boost

    New fiduciary rule set to give investors a boost

    Has the political season got you down? Here's an imperfect antidote to the vituperative presidential campaign: Over the past month, large investment companies like Blackrock and Charles Schwab announced that they are cutting fees on some of their largest exchange traded funds (ETFs). (As a reminder,...

  • The election and the financial markets: Should you worry?

    The election and the financial markets: Should you worry?

    With about a month to go before the election, many readers have asked me how the outcome could affect their investments. Let’s start with my usual advice: You should not make changes to your portfolio in an attempt to outfox the tried and true practices of long-term investing.  What are those practices?...

Terry Savage

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  • Consider a gift that paves way for college

    Consider a gift that paves way for college

    The best gift of all is a good education. So before you start shopping for holiday gifts for your children or grandchildren, consider opening a 529 college savings plan account. These tax-sheltered college savings incentives are easy to open, require no major investment decisions, and this gift...

  • Obamacare shoppers may experience sticker shock

    Obamacare shoppers may experience sticker shock

    This is the time of year when many are faced with choices about health-care coverage for the coming year. People who are not covered by Medicare or employer health plans have to wade through plans offered under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. They face higher monthly premiums...

  • Election-year uncertainty and the markets

    Election-year uncertainty and the markets

    As Election Day draws near, many people are wondering about the impact on their investment portfolios. To help address that, let's make one large assumption: The American democracy will survive and the American economy will continue to grow and provide jobs in the future. It's an assumption that...

  • Plan not to borrow for college

    Plan not to borrow for college

    What if you didn’t have to borrow money for college? It’s a very reasonable question. And it’s possible if you are willing to start planning early. It seems some people are already getting the message. A new study by Sallie Mae, one of the largest private student loan providers, says that the number...

Kids & Money

  • Baseball cards offer lesson in supply, demand

    Baseball cards offer lesson in supply, demand

    The World Series may have you thinking about your baseball card collection. While sifting through a storage trunk in the attic, you may dream of finding that rare card now worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. That would be enough money to kick-start your retirement, pay off the mortgage, cover...

      • This book club teaches kids financial smarts

        This book club teaches kids financial smarts

        What comes to mind when you hear about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? The federal consumer watchdog agency that helped uncover millions of unauthorized banking accounts illegally opened by Wells Fargo employees in order to meet aggressive sales goals? The regulator that has taken on...

          • Legal insurance can help get your kids out of a jam

            Legal insurance can help get your kids out of a jam

            When Mark Smith’s teenage son was arrested along with some friends for stealing a dollar’s worth of candy from a Walmart in Texas, dad had a lifeline at the ready.Smith turned to a legal insurance plan that he had taken out for situations just like this.With the help of an attorney, a settlement...

              • Tips for emergency preparedness

                Tips for emergency preparedness

                For days the rain poured down on the Baton Rouge, La., area, and when it was over the devastation was stunning. More than 60,000 homes damaged or ruined. Tons upon tons of debris. More than a dozen dead. Thousands left homeless and hoping for help. As I listened to radio interviews with some of...

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