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The Best Investments

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Your best investment might not be in the bank.

The key to your golden years might not be in your home, stocks or mutual funds. Instead it could be something that has no monetary value at all. So to help realize your worth; MSN Money has put together a list of the five big investments you don’t even realize you have. For example, your body.

According to a 2012 study by the Journal of Labor Research workers who exercise regularly earn an average of 9% more than those that don't. But the benefits of working out go farther than your paycheck.  read more »

A Good Looking Business Deal

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In search of some funding? You might want to invest in yourself first.

According to researchers from MIT, Harvard and the Wharton school there is only one thing you need when it comes to locking down an investor; a good looking man. They say men were more likely to score a business deal than a woman and the more attractive that man the better his chances become. They also found that among the women who did pitch the idea looks really didn't sway anyone's opinion.

The study examined different types of business pitches both at real competitions around the country and others in a controlled experiment setting. In the controlled setting the content of the pitches delivered were exactly the same; researchers just switched up who took the lead between men and women.  read more »

Feminine Finances

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When it comes to investing it seems men handle most of the money; but one Canadian bank says it’s time finance got in touch with its feminine side.

Cheryl Galpin is the Chief Executive of BMO Nesbitt Burns, one of Canada’s largest banks. She says many women feel like they are talked down to in the financial industry. She says an obvious mistake most financial advisors make is talking past a woman to her husband.  read more »

Economic Survival Guide

Bookshelves are filled with self help books. How to lose weight. How to have confidence and now the one we all need, how to get your money back.

Ali Velshi is the Chief Business Correspondent for CNN, host of "Your $$$$" and has now an author. His first book “Gimme My Money Back: Your Guide to Beating the Financial Crisis.” is on the shelves and it's a book Velshi says you can read in a few hours and finish feeling like an investor. Velshi says the recession has taught us the dangers of overspending and when the recession ends this is a lesson we shouldn’t forget.

“Life is not going to be like it was before. We have been over consumers for decades. We as a country consume more than we produce, we as individuals consume more than we produce, we buy too much on credit.”  read more »