10 Things To Know About IRS Forms 1099 At Tax Time

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
It's that time of year again, when IRS Forms 1099 arrive. Perhaps no one likes IRS Forms 1099 except the IRS. The agency loves them, because they allow for the easy computer matching of Form 1099 data against tax returns. Businesses may not like sending the forms out, but there are penalties for failing to issue them. Besides, no […]

Celebrities Obsessed With Their Cats

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
Meow! Hollywood is full of crazy cat ladies and gents. Celebs like Taylor Swift, Russell Brand, Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran are absolutely in love with their felines — and with good reason. (They're adorable!) Check out the photos below to see these stars and more cuddle their purring pets. Taylor Swift The singer documents […]

3 Reasons Why You Need A Retirement Coach In 2017

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
Retirement coaching is a relatively new industry with a lot of misconceptions about it. Unfortunately, there is a sterile, outdated image of it that can include things that look like a combination of therapy, consulting, and an endless array of assessments to evaluate one’s capacity or “readiness” to retire. But retirement coaching is going through […]

What Do I Owe Again? 6 Tips For College Seniors Facing Down Student Loan Debt

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
The summer before my senior year of college, I was scrolling through my email when one subject line caught my eye: “Finish Line Grant.” I clicked on it. “Dear Alex,” it read. “We are excited to let you know that you have been awarded a Finish Line Grant – a scholarship given to you by […]

7 Decisions That Can Lead You To Financial Misery

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
One of the most controversial and trending topics to discuss today. Who is trolling whom— and what is the real agenda behind all those stories that you see on social media? When it comes to making money decisions, you need to decide what advice is real or fake—or be able to see the agenda behind […]

Energy is the new new internet

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 25, 2017
If you’re not paying attention to what’s going on in energy, you should. We’ve seen this movie before. Spoiler alert: There’s massive economic opportunity ahead. How massive? Imagine standing in 1992, knowing that Google, Akamai, Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, eBay, BuzzFeed and Uber lay ahead. This time it’s the “enernet,” not the internet, that will transform […]

10 Ways to Make Your Makeup Last All Day (for Reals)

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 25, 2017
Each morning you take your time applying your makeup, carefully blending and lining everything to perfection. But then your products seem to stick around where they don’t belong (like, say, the collar of your shirt or the rim of your coffee mug) instead of on your actual face. Here, ten ways to ensure that everything […]

8 Beauty Trends That Will Be Huge in 2017

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 25, 2017
We’ve all come down from the glittery hoopla of the holidays, but that doesn’t mean you should stop experimenting with beauty trends in the new year. In fact, it’s the easiest (and, in our humble opinion, most fun) resolution you can make. Try out a new lipstick shade, nail polish or hair color and you’ll […]

The 7 Best Products to Solve Every Winter Skin Problem

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 25, 2017
Thanks to the constant fluctuation in temp (switching back and forth between the arctic weather outside and the furnace incubator inside), your skin is pretty much always in need of some TLC this time of year. Here, seven vetted picks for every type of winter woe, from flushed cheeks to scaly elbows and flaky lips. […]

Top 5 Places to Travel in 2017

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 25, 2017
e’re only a few days away from 2017, and a new year in sight means new opportunities to explore the world for another 12 months.  The usual suspects in travel have been done to death and its time to switch it up. These five destinations are exciting, off-the-radar, luxurious and full of adventure and culture. […]

Experience One Night at the Burj Al Arab

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 24, 2017
You’ve seen pictures of it everywhere.  The most famous address in the United Arab Emirates, the Burj Al Arab really needs no introduction. You already know about their 7-star hotel status, seen the pictures on every Black travel IG from Soul Society to Nomadness, and you’ve probably visited Dubai daydreaming about what it must be like to […]

Investing: The Money Blind Spot For Millennials

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 27, 2017
The Millennial generation — the kids of boomers and Generation X — seems to really get the importance of saving. But based on four new surveys I’ve seen, Millennials also seem to have a blind spot when it comes to investing. If you’re the parent of a Generation Y son or daughter, I strongly encourage […]

One Big Way To Profit From Financial Fee War

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
If you can avert your eyes from the tumult surrounding the general election, there’s something really positive happening in financial services: A long-running war on fees is heating up. To be honest, this fee war has been going on for some time. The biggest mutual fund houses have been cutting their management fees to the […]

Is A 529 Plan The Best Way To Save For College?

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
For folks who expect to foot the bill for their kids’ college and maybe even graduate school education, it’s not a matter of whether to save but how to. There are state-sponsored 529 college savings plans, fancy gift trusts for education and plain old vanilla taxable savings accounts. Is one better than the other? “You’re […]

5 Mortgage Calculator Traps To Avoid

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
Mortgage calculators help us answer a number of important questions. From how much house we can afford to saving money on a refinance, a calculator provides the data we need to make critical financial decisions. As reported by the CFPB, however, we shouldn’t blindly follow a mortgage calculator’s results. In fact, there are several traps […]

Plenty of celebrities showed up for the women’s marches — as demonstrators, not performers

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
President Trump’s inaugural festivities lacked the kind of high-wattage star power that the women’s marches across the country attracted on Saturday. And while Madonna, Janelle Monae and Scarlett Johansson did address the hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall, plenty of A-listers showed up to the event without taking to the stage There was Katy Perry, […]

Scarlett Johansson splits from husband Romain Dauriac after two years of marriage

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
The Avengers has reportedly been keeping her separation under wraps for some time. A source told People: “They’ve been separated since the summer.” Rumours were first sparked that they had gone their separate ways when the mum of one was spotted without her wedding ring at the Women’s March protest against President Trump. She was […]

Andy Cohen Wants Kellyanne Conway for ‘Real Housewives’

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
Time to revive the Real Housewives of D.C.? Andy Cohen really wants President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway to consider joining the Bravo TV franchise. During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, the Watch What Happens Live host, 48, said that Trump’s former campaign manager, 50, would be a perfect fit. “I’m […]

How To Start Managing The Finances Of An Elderly Relative

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
Initiating a difficult conversation is much easier to do in happy times.  So is making a plan to take over the finances of an elderly relative. As parents live longer, more and more children find it necessary to step in and help pay bills, make investment decisions, and even apply for benefits or arrange for […]
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