Considering Tapping Your 401(k) For a Home Down Payment? Check Yourself

If you’re planning to take a loan out on your 401(k) to purchase a home, you better check with your employer first. Your employer’s rules on borrowing from your retirement funds might be tougher than those of the Internal Revenue Service. According to the IRS, retirement plans may offer loans to participants but are not required to do so. The good news is that, according to the Plan Sponsor Council of America, or PSCA, most employers...

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Paying for College: How to Get Your Credit Ready to Secure Student Loans

We all know college is expensive, but most families don’t understand true costs until senior year. This is when parents realize their college savings plan, if they have one, won’t be enough. Assessing your financial house before senior year helps you create a plan and may uncover cash to put aside. According to finance experts, many families don’t look hard enough at ways to free up current cash flow for college. But if you anticipate...

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The HR Pro: Addressing Sexual Harassment at Work Starts with HR
Nov27

The HR Pro: Addressing Sexual Harassment at Work Starts with HR

A woman is sexually harassed or assaulted at work. She alerts her company’s human resources department, which does nothing. Only after she makes her allegations public does her employer pay attention. It’s a narrative familiar now only because women like former Uber engineer Susan Fowler and others have risked their careers to tell their stories about how the people hired to protect them in their workplace ultimately failed. Ever...

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Boss’s Bookshelf: The Top Five Business Books the CEO Can’t Put Down
Nov27

Boss’s Bookshelf: The Top Five Business Books the CEO Can’t Put Down

1. Abundance Unleashed: Open Yourself to More Money, Love, Health, and Happiness Now By Christian Mickelsen, Hay House Mickelsen, a self-made multimillionaire, CEO of Future Force Inc., and personal coach, is on a mission to awaken humanity to the oceans of abundance within each of us. By recognizing the infinite abundance we all possess, we will be able to achieve our highest levels of personal and professional success. Mickelsen has...

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Workplace Navigator: Should an Employee Have to Host a Boss Overnight?

Q: My friend has a high-stress public-sector job. He says his office is backstabby, but his boss is great. Likes him, likes his work, knows about the backstabby culture and does not play into it. So, my friend wants to keep his boss on his side. But, and this is a big but, my friend lives close to the airport and the boss lives far away from it. So once or twice a month, when the boss needs to make an early flight for a business trip,...

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NerdWallet: Will Your Store Credit Card Survive the ‘Retail Apocalypse’?
Nov27

NerdWallet: Will Your Store Credit Card Survive the ‘Retail Apocalypse’?

Stroll your local mall and you may spot some empty storefronts where mannequins once stood draped in the latest fashions — possible casualties of what some have dubbed the “retail apocalypse.” Not everyone agrees it’s all doom and gloom for brick-and-mortar stores, but challenges certainly exist. Major retailers have announced plans to close thousands of locations in the U.S., and the final tally for 2017 could number around 9,500...

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The ‘Incredible Life’ of Tuck’s Dia Draper: Businesswoman, Coach, Traveler, Survivor
Oct30

The ‘Incredible Life’ of Tuck’s Dia Draper: Businesswoman, Coach, Traveler, Survivor

On a U.S. Army base in Germany in 1982, trained by her father and wielding a jar of colorful glass globes, a 10-year-old self-proclaimed black belt ninja of marbles emerged and beat the boys who’d spurned her, winning every marble in the ring. The next day, she sold the marbles back to the boys at a premium and, in so doing, revealed — like Superman’s Clark Kent or Wonder Woman’s Diana Prince — an alter ego: Dia Draper, businesswoman....

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The Exit Interview: Paul Gross
Oct30

The Exit Interview: Paul Gross

When Paul Gross arrived at Dartmouth College as a freshman in 1969, making jewelry was the farthest thing from his mind. “I had done a little woodworking at home, but never had a chance to take shop or even an art class in high school,” he said. Then one day, the psychology major walked into the student jewelry workshop at the Hopkins Center for the Arts and discovered his passion, and talent, for the craft — which he called “an...

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From the Editor: November 2017

How many times could Dia Draper have quit? When she was a 10-year-old Army brat shunned by her playmates? When money got tight during her sophomore year of college? When her first marriage dissolved after less than a year? When the diagnosis was stage 3 colon cancer? Truth is, there’s no quit in Draper. As she told contributor Rebecca Perkins Hanissian for this month’s cover story, Draper is “super extroverted,” embraces change, knows...

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