5 blue-collar jobs that pay $100,000 a year

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceNearly half of U.S. states have added “good” blue-collar jobs that pay the median wage without bachelor’s degrees, according to a report released this week by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co. … [Read more...]

Having ADHD made me more successful — here’s how you can, too

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceHaving ADHD is paradoxical. There are amazing highs and soul-crushing lows. You can be on top of the world, while secretly sure you can’t accomplish a thing. Thunderous applause by thousands is drowned out in a heartbeat by the single naysayer.More importantly, you can hyperfocus like a laser beam for hours on end, but somehow forget to take … [Read more...]

The reasons Americans give for buying bitcoin show they have no idea what they’re doing

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceWorried about the gigantic bitcoin mania? You should be.As the speculative online “currency” surged again Thursday to a fresh record above $7,800, valuing all the bitcoins in the world at an eye-watering $130 billion, a new survey revealed that most of the ordinary Americans playing the high-risk game have absolutely no idea what they are doi … [Read more...]

Will millennials give housing shares and the broader stock market a boost?

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceMillennials are no longer snubbing homeownership, and some market observers argue that could offer a tailwind for housing-related shares and the broader stock market.A September study by Zillow Group is getting a lot of attention. It found that people aged 18 to 34 now make up 42% of home buyers in the U.S., making them the largest group. … [Read more...]

Lena Dunham slammed on Twitter for defending ‘Girls’ writer accused of rape

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceSocial media has unleashed on Lena Dunham for her decision to defend a “Girls” producer accused of rape.“You wrote me an email of support a few weeks ago and now you defend a rapist? WTF @lenadunham?” tweeted actress Asia Argento, who is now one of the dozens of women who have accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.You wrote m … [Read more...]

More Republicans are now saying what they really think about taxes, pedophiles, mass shootings

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceA few brave souls in the Republican Party are bringing the war on political correctness home by bluntly saying what they believe, regardless of the potential political blowback.One recent example comes from Alabama, where a number of state Republican leaders have responded to the serious allegations that Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually … [Read more...]

Got $1 million to retire? Here’s how long it will last, by U.S. state

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceIf your vision for retirement was basking in a tropical paradise, let’s hope your vision of tropical paradise resembles something more like Mississippi and less like Hawaii.Either that, or let’s hope you were planning on a short retirement. Data analysis site HowMuch analyzed how far $1 million goes in retirement in every U.S. state. And it t … [Read more...]

You need millions to retire — and more misconceptions about retirement savings

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceRetirement planning can be hard. Annuities, estates, health care, retirement calculators, safe withdrawal rates, Social Security, taxes. There are many pieces to a successful retirement plan.But almost all of those topics boil down and feed into the one question that outranks all others: How much money do I need to retire?I’ve been a serious … [Read more...]

10 ‘unexpected’ bargains at Costco

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceA virtual lovefest erupted in Reddit’s “Frugal” message board this week after a contributor known as yellowraincoat claimed she pocketed some “unexpected” savings when she decided to give a Costco … [Read more...]

To fight automation, white-collar workers must play to this strength

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceAs Dr. Robot takes over, the human physicians who want to keep the white coat will succeed only if they cultivate their bedside manner, leadership abilities, intellectual curiosity and other “soft” skills that will keep humans from becoming obsolete in health care.In fact, that’s a big reason nurses, nurse practitioners and medical assis … [Read more...]