Journalist, blogger, humorist

Northern New Jersey-based writer penning business, parenting and education stories along with the occasional humor piece.

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Market Intel: Separating the Tweet From the Chaff - The Financialist

While the use of social media to inform trading decisions has caught fire in recent years, investors scouring new social platforms are still sifting through more useless information than anything even remotely resembling a market-moving message.

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Your Financial New Year's Resolution: Establish Your Emergency ...

In the event of a job loss or some other major financial disruption, could you rely on your emergency savings to help you make ends meet until you get back on your feet?

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The Egg Came First: How Grace Hyslop Cracked An Old Boys Club

Pioneering women in the world of American finance are most often known for their work on Wall Street. But Grace E. Hyslop, the wife of an egg dealer, made her ceiling-shattering move not in New York, but in Chicago, when she became the first female member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

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Six Tips for Millennials Who Want to Move Out

For young people walloped by the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009, living with Mom and Dad was one way to adapt to hard times. In more recent years, the economy has improved, including a significant drop in the unemployment rate…but that hasn’t been enough to push many 20-somethings out of the nest.
So how does a young person today scrape together the cash to afford to move out?

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Remembering the 1960s Paperwork Crisis

In the late 1960s, an unusual crisis struck Wall Street. The foe? Paper.

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How Employees at Private Tech Companies Try to Cash In

Buying a stake in a new, promising tech firm usually means waiting until the company begins trading publicly after its initial public offering. But a few broker-dealers and registered investment advisors are offering their clients a new and potentially risky way to invest in hot, venture capital-backed companies long before their IPO.

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Six Financial Performance Metrics Every Investor Should Know

How do you evaluate a public company’s financial performance? The answer can be more complicated than simply subtracting expenses from revenue.

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An Army Staff Sergeant Turned Businessman - Education Reporter

Kyle Evans planned on a long career in the military, until a few sticks of dynamite put an end to that dream.

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In Charge: Julie B. Kampf, CEO, JBK Associates International

Before pursuing a career in executive recruiting, Kampf spent more than a decade and a half in the fashion industry. She recently took time to explain why she switched careers, what drove her to start her own firm and the surprising mistakes she made along the way.

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Who's Going Back to School? - Education Reporter

Tara Berberich readily admits that she doesn’t handle technology as well as many of her college classmates. She gratefully accepts their help for assignments that, say, involve a PowerPoint presentation. But Berberich brings her own strengths to the table, too.
“With age comes wisdom, so I know a lot of things they didn’t know from way back,” she said.

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Mom Fights School Policy That Says Girls “Must” Wear T-Shirts at Pool

An Indiana mom is proclaiming victory after flagging something in her son’s school permission slip she felt could ultimately prove harmful to elementary school girls — a dress code requirement for a sixth-grade pool party.

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Bergen Record (North Jersey Media Group)

In Charge: Cathy Engelbert, new CEO of Deloitte - Business ...

Cathy Engelbert made history this month by becoming the first woman CEO of one the nation's largest consulting and accounting firms.

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Mom Athlete Asked If She Ever Considered an Abortion — and Fans ...

Mom Athlete Asked If She Ever Considered an Abortio...

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Dear Will and Kate, Please Don't Name the Royal Baby "Alice"

Please, take pity on this commoner from the colonies and choose a different name for your little princess.

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In Charge: Jay Shapiro, CEO, AppMakr

Shapiro recently shared his thoughts on the virtues of working virtually and explained his surprising ascent in the business world, including how a survival job with "The Phantom of the Opera" changed his life.