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In 1921, my grandfather arrived in the United States, 17 years old, with just $25 in his pocket. He became a dressmaker, and, in 1937, received a patent for what he called “a new, original and ornamental design for a Dress Ensemble.” My grandfather has been gone for many years, so I recently asked...

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Blue Sky Originals

  • When it’s time for startups to set up HR

    When it’s time for startups to set up HR

    If the sexual harassment controversy at Uber tells a cautionary tale for startups, it’s don’t wait until you’re in trouble to have clear employee policies and practices. The blog post that software engineer Susan Fowler wrote about her experience at Uber got the attention of Jeff Judge, co-founder...

  • GE Healthcare moving hundreds of jobs from Barrington to Chicago

    GE Healthcare moving hundreds of jobs from Barrington to Chicago

    GE Healthcare says it's moving hundreds of jobs, primarily in technology, from Barrington to Chicago.  The General Electric subsidiary, which announced last year it was moving its headquarters from the U.K. to Chicago, plans to move its Barrington operations to the downtown office where GE Transportation...

  • Fred Hoch steps down as CEO of Illinois Technology Association

    Fred Hoch steps down as CEO of Illinois Technology Association

    Fred Hoch ⇒, the CEO of the Illinois Technology Association since 2005, is stepping down from that role, he announced in an email to community members on Wednesday.  Julia Kanouse, most recently senior vice president of membership and marketing, will take over as CEO, he said. She previously served...

  • Zeke Emanuel, mayor's brother, joins board at Chicago-based VillageMD

    Zeke Emanuel, mayor's brother, joins board at Chicago-based VillageMD

    Zeke Emanuel, the older brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and an oncologist who helped craft the Affordable Care Act, has joined the board at Chicago health care company VillageMD. Emanuel will advise VillageMD, a management services company for health care providers, on expanding its network...

Kiplinger

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  • Tax tips for self-employed workers

    Tax tips for self-employed workers

    Q: I retired from my job early in 2016 and then did some part-time consulting work for my old company. I was paid a few thousand dollars as an independent contractor. What tax forms do I need to file, and what can I deduct? A: You should have received a Form 1099-MISC from your old employer reporting...

  • Smart financial moves as we settle into new year

    Smart financial moves as we settle into new year

    This is the perfect time of year to take advantage of opportunities to save for retirement and do some financial housekeeping.  Make the most of tax-advantaged retirement savings opportunities If you got a raise, bonus or any extra money in 2016, now's the time to add more to your retirement savings....

  • Is my Social Security statement the best way to estimate how much I'll get?

    Is my Social Security statement the best way to estimate how much I'll get?

    Q: How often should I be receiving a Social Security benefits statement in the mail, and what information does it show? Is this the best way to estimate how much I'll get from Social Security? A: You'll receive a statement once every five years from age 25 to 60, then annually until you start receiving...

  • Check fees on your 403(b) retirement plan

    Check fees on your 403(b) retirement plan

    If you're a teacher or employee of a nonprofit hospital or health care organization, you likely invest in a 403(b) retirement plan. These plans have the same tax benefits and contribution maximums as 401(k) plans. But there the similarities end. The 403(b) plans offered by schools, local governments...

Jill On Money

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  • Put investing life on autopilot

    Put investing life on autopilot

    A year ago, I received a slew of mail from readers wondering what they could have done better in 2015 to improve their investment results. In 2015, in case you don't recall, the S&P 500 index was down by less than 1 percent, although when one includes reinvested dividends, the broad index managed...

  • Biggest money stories of the year

    Biggest money stories of the year

    It's always interesting to look back at the year that was. In chronological order, here are my six stories that had the greatest impact on savers and investors in 2016: The U.S. stock market correction: Investors were plunged into reality in February, as fears of a global growth slowdown pushed...

  • End-of-year financial planning tips

    End-of-year financial planning tips

    I recently outlined some financial planning tips that varied somewhat from year-end advice in past years due to changes that likely will happen in the tax code. They included things like accelerating and bunching itemized deductions, using highly appreciated securities for charitable contributions,...

  • Digital smarts can save Christmas shopping

    Digital smarts can save Christmas shopping

    With the election over and wage growth strengthening, there could be a nice surprise to retail results this season. Americans are expected to increase spending 3 to 3.5 percent from a year ago. Regardless of whether sales increase, the focus will return to the growth of digital. In a recent report,...

Terry Savage

MORE FROM TERRY SAVAGE
  • Online budgeting for seniors is smart move

    Online budgeting for seniors is smart move

    If the very word “fintech” makes you flinch, you're not alone. A 2016 Federal Reserve study found that only 18 percent of people over the age of 60 use mobile banking services (vs. 67 percent between the ages of 18 to 29, and 58 percent ages 30 to 44). In fact, only about half of Americans over...

  • Who will get your money when you die?

    Who will get your money when you die?

    Someone is going to get your money when you die. Do you know who that will be? What a shame if the money you worked so hard to accumulate over a lifetime were to go to the tax collector, your ex-spouse or a relative you haven't spoken to in years. That's why January is a good time to check the...

  • Taking the long view on retirement saving

    Taking the long view on retirement saving

    While economists and stock gurus spend this month making forecasts, ordinary investors are faced with the challenge of figuring out how to allocate their 401(k), IRA and other retirement accounts. To do that well, you don't need a crystal ball to forecast either economic growth or market results....

  • Pension plans no longer a sure thing

    Pension plans no longer a sure thing

    Very few workers today will get pensions. Most company defined-benefit pension plans were changed long ago into 401(k) plans, where your eventual checks will depend on the amount you contributed and the performance of the investments you chose. But for millions of union workers, part of the attraction...

Kids & Money

  • Spark interest in investing at early age

    Spark interest in investing at early age

    It's a popular notion that learning about buying and selling stocks at an early age can spark an interest in investing that will last a lifetime. Mutual funds, low-cost stock purchase programs and state-sponsored 529 college savings plans combine kid-friendly investing with opportunities to learn...

      • Your kid is vacationing with friend's family -- who pays for what?

        Your kid is vacationing with friend's family -- who pays for what?

        Parents typically have a handle on expenses to cover before they hit the ski slopes or bask in the sun this winter with the kids. But when one of the kids gets invited to vacation with a friend, trip finances can get a bit more complicated. Whether it's airplane tickets, hotel reservations, ski...

          • Teaching kids some financial smarts

            Teaching kids some financial smarts

            My favorite part of talking with parents about kids and money is listening to their excellent questions. Recently, I spoke to an audience of moms who wanted to know how to teach their grade-schoolers, tweens and teens some financial smarts. Here are some of their questions, along with my responses:...

              • 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...

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