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Trump's Souvenir Numbers


Despite winning the white house; it looks like President Trump is still struggling with the popular vote.

Recently the New York Times visited a number of Washington DC gift shops to see how well items with the president's likeness were selling. And according to store owners besides the red “make America great” hats the numbers aren't much to brag about. Overall sales in the first six months of Trump's presidency are 13% below those of the first six months after Obama’s inauguration. But owners acknowledge that it would have been tough for anyone to surpass the numbers of the first African American president.  read more »

Travel Tips


Ever wonder what really goes on behind the scenes when you travel? Recently a handful of flight attendants opened up to passengers about all the things us frequent fliers don't know.

Recently flight attendants did an “ask me anything” forum with travelers on Reddit answering the question “what don't passengers know.” The top rated answer advised passengers to count the number of rows between you and the emergency exit. She says in an emergency it will be hard to see and counting the seat backs will help get you to where you need to be.

Another important answer was to place one hand on top of the other when asked to brace for impact. Interlacing your fingers could cause an injury.  read more »

Stolen Treasure


Looking to get rich quick? Hope you have fast fingers.

Recently a Canadian coin worth almost $5 million was stolen from a Berlin museum. But that's nothing compared to some of the other treasures that have been stolen throughout history. So to refresh your memory MSN Money has put together a list of the most valuable treasures people have swiped.

From 1885 until about 1917 the house of Faberge crafted about 50 bejeweled eggs for the Russian royal family. Amid the chaos of the revolution eight of the eggs were confiscated and lost. One of them surfaced at a scrap metal dealership in the American Midwest and went on to sell for about $33 million. In  read more »



Feel like you're in a rut? Might be time for a new business plan.

Mark Thompson is a bestselling author and senior executive coach who Forbes has named one of America’s top venture investors with the Midas change. He says every now and then even the best ideas need to be freshened up. He says no one likes change, especially when you've already worked so hard to build something. But sometimes what you really need to do is shake things up; and remember that as your business changes, your customers are being affected as well.  read more »

Fall Travel


Itching to take a vacation. Now is a great time.

Perhaps you've already used up your vacation time over the long hot summer. Kids were out of school and there were plenty of neat places to visit. But I'll bet those places were crowded and so were the higher priced boats, trains and planes.

Well, if you can swing it September and October are great months to take a break. In Europe, where locals take off in August, they are back at work taking care of you and not crowding beaches. You can also find some cheaper rates for hotels and airlines looking for fall business.  read more »



Good news for all the self-proclaimed geeks out there, it looks like love is in the air.

Cuddli is a dating app now available on both android and the iPhone that is targeted to geeks. One of the app's founders says people who are really into things such as star wars and superheroes don't always have the best luck on other apps because people don't always appreciate their enthusiasm.

So Cuddli allows users to put interest icons on their profile. Then when you see your matches any shared interests are highlighted so you know what you have in common. Then if you end up hitting it off with someone the app can be switched into couple’s mode. This allows you to keep chatting with each other but it doesn't let you chat with anyone else.  read more »

A Side Hustle


Looking to make some extra cash; better make sure it's worth your time.

Companies such as Airbnb, Lyft and Uber allow anyone who passes a little background check to make money on the side; but how much are people really pulling in? To help you determine whether or not you should pick up a side job the online lender Earnest crunched some numbers to see which companies were profitable.  read more »

Making a Millionaire


Starting your own business? There are a few things you need to make the seven figure club.

Brian Tracy is chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International. A company that specializes in the training and development of people and organizations. In his recent book “Million Dollar Habits” he details seven key habits you will need to be successful in business.  read more »

Launching Your Own Business


Think you need help launching the next big thing. Maybe you already have everything you need.

Mark Thompson is a bestselling author and senior executive coach. He works with executive leaders to grow their business, grow themselves and be able to drive change in their organizations. He says one of the biggest mistakes people ready to strike out on their own make is hiring a consultant.  read more »

What is Your Retirement Number?


How far does a million dollars go in retirement? Depends on where you live.

There is a fascinating game you might want to play if it gets boring at your next house party. Just go around the table and ask each guest what their number is. I'll bet most of them already know what you mean because they've been thinking about it for years. Just how much money will they need to retire comfortably? That number will be different based on job stability and expectations. But it will also depend on where you want to retire.

Bloomberg Business asked the question, how far does a million dollars go in retirement. The answer? If you want to stretch it out, head down south. A million lasts 11.9 years in Hawaii and 16.4 years in California, while it lasts 26.3 years in Mississippi.  read more »