12:30pm, December 22, 2017Over the past week, my little girls have seen Santa in real life at least three times (though only one encounter was close enough to whisper “yo-yo” in his ear). You’d think that this Santa saturation might make them doubt that each one was the real deal. For one thing, they looked quite different. Brewery Santa’s beard was a joke, while Christmas-tree-lighting Santa’s beard was legit. Add to that variations in outfits and jolliness levels.
But as I delved into the Santa-related research, I found I was wrong to think his omnipresence might throw my kids off. It turns out that the more kids see real, live Santa Clauses, the more likely they are to think he’s real. More exposure actually tracked with stronger belief, scientists reported in Cognitive Development in 2016.
Read Article: https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/growth-curve/science-kids-belief-santa?tgt=nr
The frenzy around digital money is likely to intensify as San Francisco-based Coinbase announced on Thursday that customers will be able to purchase bitcoin and two other currencies instantly from U.S. bank accounts.
This is significant because Coinbase is the biggest U.S. bitcoin exchange and, until now, customers have had to wait for several days to receive their digital currency. Here’s the official announcement:
We are excited to announce the ability for customers to instantly purchase digital currency using a U.S. bank account. Previously, customers who purchased using a bank account had to wait several days before receiving their digital currency. Customers can now buy up to $25,000* and receive access to their digital currency immediately.
Read Article: http://fortune.com/2017/10/12/bitcoin-exchange-coinbase-day-trading/
WASHINGTON — Let’s just get this out of the way: There are other matters of consequence going on in the world.
But in these fractious times, a series of puppy photos sent by none other than the fun-loving scamps at the Central Intelligence Agency qualifies as a feel-good, stick-it-to-the-man moment, shared by thousands of people who are marooned in office jobs. Meet Lulu, the black Labrador retriever and free spirit who bucked expectations and flunked out of the C.I.A.’s explosive detection “puppy class.”
Read Article: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/us/politics/cia-lulu-bomb-dog.html?referer=http://qwiket.com/context/channel/usleft/topic/lulu-the-dog-did-not-want-to-join-the-cia-and-thats-totally-fine
Two weeks ago I delivered a keynote to a group of lawyers at their annual retreat. In an effort to underscore the fact that many companies focus on money, bonuses and vacations as a way to motivate their employees, I presented the findings of an interesting study which showed that the external factors often emphasized in the workplace, like grade performance, income after graduation, and your class rank, are either not correlated with or only weakly correlated with your well-being at work. So if money, rank and prestige aren’t the right tools to motivate today’s workforce, what works?
Read Article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/pauladavislaack/2017/06/28/what-really-motivates-you-at-work/#5f13b58e2883
There are some people who love setting goals and do a great job reaching them every year, and then there are others who set goals and struggle to make them happen. If you are tired of living in your current situation, but you feel like setting new financial goals will not make a difference, you should try setting up a financial plan instead of setting goals this year. Your financial plan will outline what you need to do and when without the drastic changes that often come when you set goals that may not be achievable.
Read Article: https://www.thebalance.com/set-up-a-financial-plan-instead-of-financial-goals-4116109
Half of millennials share two stressful views about money 12:55 PM ET Mon, 7 Aug 2017
While under-35 adult Americans disagree on a lot of things — from gun control to Donald Trump to the Yankees — two pessimistic views about money unite them, a new survey concludes.
Half of Americans ages 25 to 34 said worrying about finances negatively affects their health, while 53 percent of the same group said money worries have a negative effect on their relationships, according to new survey data exclusively provided to CNBC by E-Trade Financial.
“Our biggest challenges as a generation are financial,” said certified financial planner Douglas Boneparth, co-author of the book, “The Millennial Money Fix.”
Debt — in particular, student loan debt — has emerged as a major source of stress for under-35 Americans.
Read Article: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/04/millennials-share-two-sobering-views-about-their-relationship-to-money.html?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_profile_view_base_recent_activity_details_shares%3BTSWcvrWuSOePkwJgS9I35Q%3D%3D
Considering day trading for a hobby or a living? Read some advice about whether it is a good idea for you.
Depending on your line of work, your company may offer flexible work arrangements that permit you to work from home on a regular basis. Well day trading at home is a little different than working from home. In this article I will ask you 10 questions to determine if day trading from home is a good fit for you.
Read Article: https://tradingsim.com/blog/day-trading-at-home/
When Lauryn Luther earns money she is careful to set aside 15 percent in a rainy day fund right from the start. She also saves another 15 percent in an interest-bearing account for big expenses down the road, like college or a car. She then commits 30 percent to charity and spends the last 40 percent mostly how she sees fit – whether that’s on toys, a book or her favorite candy.
She’s a 10-year-old.
Lauryn is one of a growing number of children who have learned about money by enrolling in a summer camp focused on financial education.
Read Article: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/21/more-kids-choose-summer-camps-that-focus-on-finance.html
"Stock markets are some of the most important parts of today’s global economy. Countries around the world depend on stock markets for economic growth.
However, stock markets are a relatively new phenomenon. They haven’t always played an important role in global economics. Today, I’m going to share the history of the stock market and explain why stock markets have become the driving economic force they are today.
Early stock and commodity markets
The first genuine stock markets didn’t arrive until the 1500s. However, there were plenty of early examples of markets which were similar to stock markets.
In the 1100s, for example, France had a system where courretiers de change managed agricultural debts throughout the country on behalf of banks. This can be seen as the first major example of brokerage because the men effectively traded debts.
Later on, the merchants of Venice were credited with trading government securities as earl y as the 13th century. Soon after, bankers in the nearby Italian cities of Pisa, Verona, Genoa, and Florence also began trading government securities."
Read Article: http://bebusinessed.com/history/history-of-the-stock-market/