Weekend Sip: This Californian craft beer finds its Germanic smoky side

The can: Fort Point Beer Co.’s Manzanita, $11.99 for a six-pack The back story: Call this a marriage of craft brewing and a campfire, with a woodsy California twist. Fort Point, a San Francisco beer maker with an eclectic array of offerings, is one of the few American breweries to have introduced a rauchbier, a […]

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Next Avenue: These are the 3 biggest financial risks of retirement

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. Did you know that of those who die on Mount Everest, 80% died not on the way up, but on the way down? They had so diligently planned and trained for how to climb the summit that they didn’t plan nearly as much for the dangers of getting […]

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Next Avenue: Excessive fees and other dirty secrets of your 401(k) plan

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. It is excerpted from “401 Confidential” by Michael J. Marini. When you invest for retirement with a 401(k) plan, retirement plan companies get FAT on your money. By my estimate, roughly $25 million in excessive fees are being drained from the $2 billion in workplace retirement accounts. Here are […]

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Next Avenue: Will robots be able to predict when you’ll die?

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. It is part of a special report for The John A. Hartford Foundation. Our final days are difficult because they are infused with uncertainty: We don’t know which meal, conversation, embrace or even goodbye will be our last. This is felt perhaps most acutely by those who live […]

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BookWatch: How ‘Badass’ author Jen Sincero went from living in a garage to being rich

If you were to ask Jen Sincero what kept her in a low-wage, low-happiness funk for decades of her adult life, stuck in “the fetal position of hopelessness and confusion,” she might attribute it to laziness and arrogance — and likely fear. But that was then. Sincero, now a life coach and bestselling author of […]

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Moneyish: This is how much to tip a delivery person during a snowstorm

Here’s a tip: don’t be cheap! A major winter storm is forecast for the Midwest and Northeast this weekend with meteorologists predicting heavy snow, strong winds and freezing temperatures. One look at that, and your sweats-clad self is going to log right into your GrubHub account. Also see: You’re definitely not tipping these people enough […]

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Outside the Box: How long will I live — and how much will it cost me?

Global life expectancy for almost every nation will rise during the next two decades, with Spain overtaking Japan as the country with the longest life expectancy. Meanwhile, on the list of 195 countries, the U.S. will fall 20 places, from 43rd to 64th. The average U.S. lifespan as of birth is still projected to increase […]

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Facebook tracks everything from your politics to ethnicity — here’s how to stop it

Facebook has promised more transparency about ads on its platform, but the majority of users are still in the dark about the kind of information that’s been collected on them. That’s according to a study released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. The vast majority of users surveyed (74%) said […]

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Love & Money: Flip the prenup into a financial planning tool

It’s time to rethink the prenuptial agreement. Instead of seeing it as a way to simply protect your assets in the unfortunate event of a divorce, consider treating it as a tool to build a long-term financial plan with your partner before entering into marriage. Couples marry later in life and many bring debt with […]

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac regulator discussing plan to end conservatorship

Getty Images Joseph Otting is the acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency has told the agency’s employees that the regulator will announce a plan within weeks to take the government-sponsored enterprises out of conservatorship. Joseph Otting, who is leading the FHFA as Mark Calabria […]

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