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5 Effortless Ways to Make a Difference—The Smartphone Way

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Contributing to charities is a selfless act. In a society where social media becomes the norm, it’s of no doubt that we are constantly changing...

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Considerations for Canadians on Owning US Real Estate

More and more Canadians are purchasing U.S. real estate for personal and/or rental use. It’s important to understand how different ownership options lead to different tax consequences. Case Study Jerry is a Canadian resident and citizen who purchased a condo …... Read More


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    Awesome Whale Watching in British Columbia

    Offering the opportunity to observe these amazing creatures in the wild, British Columbia is a prime place to watch whales in their natural habitat. Topping... Read more

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    Action & Adrenaline in Zimbabwe

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    5 of the Best Golf and Spa Resorts in South Africa

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  • Phantasialand (The Travel Magazine)

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  • During the summer, the sun barely sets in Finland. Photo courtesy Visit Finland. (Go World Travel Magazine)

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    The grand stature of the African elephant is as captivating as its innate intimacy for its own kind. You’d expect the huge frame of these... Read more

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  • Camaldolese Benedictine monks (Go Nomad)

    A Moment of Silence in Big Sur

    Original article at www.gonomad.com The first thing I notice is the quiet. It begins the minute I turn off my engine, step out of my... Read more

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    Tying the Knot on Kenyan Plains

    When it comes to planning a wedding, many people choose to escape from it all instead, jetting off to faraway lands to host the most... Read more

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    The Portuguese Coastal Way From Porto to Santiago

    The Portuguese Coastal Way is a stunning alternative route of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago so most of my account concentrates on my coastal experiences... Read more

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    Horseback Adventures for the Discerning on Dartmoor

    If you’re looking for a luxury riding holiday in the UK, then look no further than bespoke horseback adventure organiser Liberty Trails. Established by Elaine... Read more

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    10 New Reasons to Visit California

    Original article at www.gonomad.com These destinations make great, unique alternatives to your typical trip to California Heading to California? Tired of Disney, Hollywood and Knott’s... Read more

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    Historic Tour of Valletta, Capital of Malta

    Malta may not be a beach destination but, with 7000 years of history, Malta is a must visit for culture vultures. Malta does not get... Read more

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    Space Tourism Needs an ‘Orbital Megabus’ to Truly Lift Off

    Britain has joined the race to become a leading hub of commercial space flight, announcing eight potential sites for a potential “spaceport” within the UK... Read more

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    How to Add Up Your Travel Points for a Free Vacation (Video)

    How to add up your travel points for a free vacation. Brian Kelly, also known as the Points Guy, sits down with JD and Carolina... Read more

  • A look at the items that Michele has in her carry-on bag. (Ben Chasteen/ Epoch Times)

    The Consummate Traveler – What’s In My Bag? The Carry-On Essentials

    In this article, I am going to share the contents of what I keep in my “airplane pouch.” This is a bag that stays with... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler – Luggage Lifesavers

    One of the worst things that can happen while en route to your destination is to have your luggage fall apart. Perhaps it is a... Read more

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    Private Butler or Presidential Residence? Luxury Hotels Welcome Wealthiest Travelers (Video)

    As the gap between the wealthiest travelers and everyone else has widened, so has the way people are experiencing vacation. The wealthy are looking for... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: The Educational Vacation

    To most people, the word vacation usually brings to mind images of beautiful beaches, relaxation, and fruity drinks with umbrellas in them. But have you... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: Hotels, Alarms, and Fires….oh my!

    I recently took a few days off from work and treated myself to a mini getaway at a very nice New York City hotel near... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: Safety First

    Recently I read a news report that six people were injured from severe turbulence on a U.S. Airways flight from Philadelphia to Orlando twenty minutes... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: Sleeping Well in your Hotel

    Sleep is a very important task that we all need to do well so we can function in our daily lives. Traveling can really make... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler –Accidents and Business Trips: How prepared are you?

    Of course it is terrible when you get hurt at home, but I think it is even more unfortunate if you get hurt when traveling... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: Beware of Hotel Renovations

    About a week ago, I was almost knocked off of my feet by a terribly noxious smell of some sort as I stepped off of... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: The Adventures of Traveling Low Glycemic

    The other day I was speaking with a colleague of mine, who expressed disbelief as to how quickly the pounds have packed on since taking... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: Airplanes and Sleeping Pills

    Timing is everything, so the old saying goes. This is especially true when it comes to traveling. It’s critical to make sure you get to... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: The Gift of Travel Memories

    I know that trying to find the right gift, no matter what time of year or occasion, can sometimes be a huge challenge. We all... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: Fitness on the Road

    Keeping active while on the road is a big challenge. This is especially so for those of us who travel for business and are stuck... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: Tips for New Business Travelers

    Ah, to be young again. On my recent flight back home, I was made to reminisce about my early days of travel when I was... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: Privacy versus Convenience

    On my last international flight two weeks ago, three of my colleagues were bubbling over with excitement when we met at the gate. They could... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: Wardrobe and Safety

    Does what you wear affect your safety while traveling abroad? That depends on where you are going, what you are wearing, and how well you... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: Easy Packing for a Change of Season

    We are right in the middle of winter here in New Jersey. In fact, the snow does not seem to want to stop! With that... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: Knowing Your Embassy’s Services

    In my 16 years of business travel, I have only registered my travel information with a U.S. Embassy once. However, that one experience was not... Read more

  • Vacation homes can create difficult tax considerations when transferring to children or grandchildren. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    The 3 Hidden Financial Traps of Cottage Ownership

    If you already have a cottage in the family, there may be looming ownership, tax, and estate-planning problems if you’re thinking of selling or transferring... Read more

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    Exploring the Nascent Future of Bitcoin (Videos)

    In terms of a life-cycle of technology, it is easy to see Bitcoin as being at the same developmental stage as babies going through the... Read more

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    Selling Real Estate With Gadgets

    The real estate industry has long been a word-of-mouth driven hub of activity where brokers guarded all the information. The power of a referral is... Read more

  • Depending on the degree of distress, a home’s fix-up costs can be elevated, requiring additional skill in managing the renovations. (AP photo/Jim Mone)

    Estimating Costs Critical in Buy, Fix, and Flip Real Estate Investing

    In my last article, I talked about the two most popular real estate investment strategies. Last time we covered buy, rent, and hold; this article... Read more

  • Condos in Toronto are commonly bought and rented out as part of a popular real estate investment strategy. (The Canadian Press/Pawel Dwulit)

    Preparing for Your First Real Estate Investment

    Most people have heard of real estate investing as a profitable investment strategy, especially these days with the current state of the stock market. People... Read more

  • Three Ways To Cut Investment Costs

    Do fees matter? Of course they do!  It wasn’t always that way. When market performance is strong overall, fees don’t seem to matter (when your... Read more

  • Do You Really Need Mortgage Insurance?

    You’ve bought a new house, and you’re sitting with the bank’s loans officer ready to sign for that mortgage. Then she casually asks, “Would you... Read more

  • Low-rate mortgages may look good in the short run but owning a home is a long-term proposition. (Epoch Times)

    Investors Group Mortgage Deal Comes With Strings Attached

    If you’ve been shopping around for a mortgage, you’ve probably heard about Investors Group’s offering of a variable-rate mortgage for 1.99 percent for a three-year... Read more

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    Which Is the Best Retirement State?

    Florida and Arizona may be home to some of the country’s most popular retirement spots, but South Dakota is the best state for retirees. Bankrate.com... Read more

  • How Much to Save, What to Invest in for Retirement

    As the editor and publisher of Dave Paterson’s Top Funds Report, I get many investment-related questions. But there are two questions readers ask most often:... Read more

  • Stock traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 1, 2013, in New York City. The new heights reached by stock markets in the U.S. in recent months have been tempting investors to use leverage to participate. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Understanding the Risks of Leverage

    Should you borrow to invest? Looking to add to their investment in a hot, new stock, or to get in on the latest investment fad,... Read more

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    Best Money Apps for Budgeting

    Managing your budget can get pretty tricky but these mobile apps will help you stay on top of your bills and spending habits.  …... Read more

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    Tax Tips for Canadian Taxpayers

    With the extended tax-filing deadline of May 5 rapidly approaching, you still have time to make sure you’re taking advantage of every single tax break... Read more

  • Using the Home Buyers’ Plan to can be an effective way to tap into an existing RRSP for a home purchase. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    How to Tap Into Your RRSP to Buy a House

    There’s a cardinal rule for making RRSP withdrawals before maturity: Don’t!  The tax hit on withdrawals has always been a huge obstacle to using your... Read more

  • Paying down your mortgage as fast as you can saves on future interest costs and helps build up equity in your home. (Epoch Times)

    Six Tips to Help You Survive the Mortgage Market

    The spring real estate market is gathering momentum. So here are a few things you should know about mortgages to avoid getting fleeced. First of... Read more

  • Selling a primary residence upon retirement and downsizing should not be expected to put money in your pocket or provide enough additional or meaningful income that you can count on. (Elena Elisseeva/Fotolia)

    Don’t Count on Home Equity for Retirement Income

    Are you counting on your home to fund your retirement? You’re not alone. A recent survey by Sun Life Financial showed that 24 percent of... Read more

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    Positively Speaking

     Five years ago, I was introduced to minimalism by my neighbor. It was a short conversation, only a few sentences long. I had been working... Read more

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    Top 3 Ways to Not Break Your Budget

    Last year Americans spent $4.3 trillion on retail sales. We have three things to avoid so you don’t break your budget and overspend on things... Read more

  • Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange react to news on Feb. 11, 2014, that easy monetary policy will continue under new Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Bubble Time Again?

    Two events in 2013 stand out as pivotal. The balance sheet of the U.S. Federal Reserve was expanded 37 percent to surpass US$4 trillion. Secondly,... Read more

  • Arthur Flores, CFP, of Flores Financial Planning. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Taking Charge of Your Personal Finances

    NEW YORK—Judged purely from the outside, Arthur Flores looks like just another finance guy. What sets him apart, however, is his motivation for doing business... Read more

  • This photo combination shows the 10 highest-paid CEOs of 2013, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive pay research firm. Top row, from left: Anthony Petrello, Nabors Industries, $68.2 million; Leslie Moonves, CBS, $65.6 million; Richard Adkerson, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, $55.3 million; Stephen Kaufer, TripAdvisor, $39 million; and Philippe Dauman, Viacom, $37.2 million. Bottom row, from left: Leonard Schleifer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, $36.3 million; Robert Iger, Walt Disney, $34.3 million; David Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $33.3 million; Jeffrey Bewkes, Time Warner, $32.5 million; and Brian Roberts, Comcast, $31.4 million. (AP Photo)

    5 Reasons Why CEOs Are Getting Huge Raises, and Why You Are Not

    WASHINGTON—Pay for globe-trotting CEOs has soared to new heights, even as most workers remain grounded by paychecks that are barely budging. While pay for the... Read more

  • How to Succeed at Working Remotely Without Going Crazy

    The Challenge: You recently joined the 13.4 million Americans who work remotely at least once a week. The flexibility is great, but home office pitfalls... Read more

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    Women Entrepreneurs Infuse Events With Passion

    NEW YORK—It takes a lot to make history lectures or business presentations exciting. Yet two aspiring New York City businesswomen, Danielle Oteri and Deborah Asseraf,... Read more

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    How to Succeed at Working Remotely Without Going Crazy

    The Challenge: You recently joined the 13.4 million Americans who work remotely at least once a week. The flexibility is great – but home office... Read more

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    Top 6 iPhone Apps to Help Advertising Executives Sell More

    If you are in the business of selling advertising, regardless of your title and if you’re prospecting for new ad clients you can probably take... Read more

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    Happy People Work Harder (Especially If They Get Chocolate)

    Economists at the University of Warwick have found happiness increases productivity by around 12%. Andrew Oswald, Eugenio Proto and Daniel Sgroi carried out a number... Read more

  • Randi Zinn welcomes her guests to the Beyond Mom Mixer: A Facilitated Networking Experience for Forward-Thinking Moms in New York City. (Courtesy of Randy Zinn/Photo Benton Sampson)

    Tips for Networking Moms in New York City

    Many of us are seeking meaningful connections in this giant, overpopulated city. Networking can be tough. It’s hard to know the best communities to place... Read more

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    10 Everyday Tasks That Can Be Skipped

    Much of the time so desperately needed throughout the day could be gained by getting rid of time-wasting tasks.…... Read more

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    Big Whopper Economics in Fast-Food Franchises

    In August, Larry and Kathryn Baerns and their son, Christopher, filed court papers charging that the two new Steak ’n Shake restaurants they had just... Read more

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    Teaching with Elan

    David Malan is standing before the audience in Longfellow Hall asking for step-by-step instructions to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In front of... Read more

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    More Education and Lower Workload for Nurses Sees Patients’ Lives Saved

    Hospitals where nurses are qualified to bachelor’s degree level and have lower patient-to-nurse ratios have lower mortality rates. In a cross-European study published in The... Read more

  • More than a third of UK universities have given up teaching European language degrees.

    UK: We Need to Fall Back in Love With Learning Languages

    The drop in applications to European language programmes at UK universities will not have come as a great shock to anybody teaching languages. For at... Read more

  • This photo taken Jan. 9, 2014 shows U.S. Navy Commander Valerie Overstreet poses on the U.S. Naval Academy campus in Annapolis, Md. Overstreet wanted to start a family. But her job as a Navy pilot and the fact that she and her husband, also a naval officer, were stationed in different parts of the country made it complicated. So she decided to take advantage of a fledgling Navy program that allowed her to take a year off and return to duty without risking her career or future commands. Now, three years later, she’s got a two-year-old daughter and a nine-month old son, she’s back at work at the Naval Academy in Annapolis and her promotion to captain has been confirmed.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Sabbaticals May Help Military Keep Women in Ranks

    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.—Navy Cmdr. Valerie Overstreet wanted to start a family. But her job as a Navy pilot and the fact that she and her... Read more

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    A Creative Résumé to Attract Employers: 1-Page Job Proposal

    Author Patrick G. Riley has developed a new, proactive job application tool. He provides job-seekers with a guide to building a one-page job proposal. The... Read more

  • In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 photo, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, right, talks with employees of DeNA, a video-game and e-commerce company founded by a woman, at their office in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who took office a year ago, has made the advancement of women a pillar of his economic revival policies in the most aggressive and ambitious initiative to back the rise of Japanese women in years. During a recent trip to Tokyo, Biden visited DeNA to drive home Abe’s message of promoting women. “Women are half the sky. They are half the brainpower. They are half the energy. They’re half the innovation,” Biden said. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Japan Promises Equality, But Women Find Few Jobs

    TOKYO— Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants women like Tomo Tamai to go back to work. Tamai is eager to do so, nearly two years... Read more

  • Arizona State University's Sun Devils football, file photo (*Shutterstock)

    You Know Who Else Uses Unpaid Interns? Colleges and Universities

    For students interested in a career in sports management, Arizona State University has what seems like a great opportunity. The school’s athletic program, which boasts of... Read more

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    Essential Networking: Always Carry Business Cards

    Necessary or not necessary? When it comes to business cards that’s the burning question. The answer? Necessary. It is a golden rule when attending networking... Read more

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    Essential Networking: Introducing Exclusive Target Networking Events

    I have now returned to London, following my month long research networking trip to New York. My purpose was to identify the differences between New... Read more

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    From London to New York: Cultural Impacts of Networking

    NEW YORK—For New Yorkers, the most determining factor in whether someone is valuable to their network is—it may sound surprising—likability. “I may not be selling... Read more

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    Essential Networking: Connecting New York Style

    I have now been networking in New York for one month and it is has been an inspiring and electrifying experience, which I am eager... Read more


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