Two Job Markets, Worlds Apart

The economic outlook is rosy, at least for people at the top of the ladder. The number of U.S. millionaires rose 16 percent in 2009, according to a new report by Chicago-based research firm Spectrum Group. Some 7.8 million households had a net worth of more than $1 million, excluding the value of their home. […]

How a Secretary Made and Gave Away $7 Million

She lived in a tiny one-bedroom cottage in Lake Forest, Ill. She bought her clothes at rummage sales, didn’t own a car and worked most of her life as a secretary for a pharmaceutical company. Yet after her death at age 100, Grace Groner left Lake Forest College a gift of $7 million to be […]

Clickers Are More Likely to Click

Clickers Are More Likely to Click MARLBOROUGH, 11/25/2009 – People who search by clicking the button on Google’s homepage are fifty percent more likely to go on to click an ad than people who search by any other Google means, according to online ad network Chitika.  The study, which looked at just over 11 million […]

How Car Dealers Make Their Money

“Follow the money,” is good advice for someone trying to understand the hidden side of any business. Nowhere is this more important than on a car lot. Rows of shiny new cars on a dealer’s lot make consumers believe that’s where the big money is. But if you follow the trail of dollars, it leads […]

Unknown video stars making six figures

Meet The YouTube Stars Making $100,000 Plus Per Year Provided by the Business Insider, August 19, 2010: There are 10 independent YouTube stars who made over $100,000 in the past year, according to a study done by analytics and advertising company TubeMogul. From July 2009 to July 2010, TubeMogul used their viewership data to estimate […]

Cash For Keys

Jon Daurio, chief executive officer of mortgage investor Kondaur Capital Corp., recently offered a $4,000 check to Barry Culver for the deed to his Bryan, Ohio house. With the exchange, and a pay-off to a second-lien holder, Culver was freed of $120,000 in crushing mortgage debt on the house, said Daurio, who had bought the […]

Gadgets That Will Save You Money

Invest in these smart household gadgets to cut your monthly bills and they end up paying for themselves in no time. Concoct your own cola Spend a fortune on fizzy drinks? You’re not alone. The average family of four consumes 2,400 sodas annually-totaling nearly $1,080. With a home fountain machine, you can save money and […]

Money moves you didn’t know were illegal

Money Habits That Are Illegal Forgery. Loan fraud. Counterfeiting. These and other financial crimes might seem like a far cry from most people’s everyday lives. But it’s surprisingly easy to adopt a dicey financial habit under the guise of “everyone does it,” “I was just trying to help” or “it seemed like a good idea […]

Nurses Paid Higher Salaries Than Family Doctors

Despite the growing shortage of family doctors in the United States, medical centers last year offered higher salaries and incentives to specialist nurses than to primary care doctors, according to an annual survey of physicians’ salaries. Primary care doctors were offered an average base salary of $173,000 in 2009 compared to an average base salary […]

Best Affordable Beach Resorts

From the plastic palm tree–lined beaches of the Jersey Shore to the powdery white sands of Belize, beach vacations never go out of style. “Beach destinations remain incredibly popular with travelers right now,” says Travel + Leisure A-List travel agent Kimberly Wilson Wetty; they’re “great for the time-starved couple who needs a mini-escape and perfect […]