Who takes an emergency cruise? The answer is no one. People book emergency flights all the time — to visit someone ill, attend a funeral, see a new baby or even decide to go on an impromptu vacation. It’s this steady flow of last-minute bookings that allows airlines to charge their highest prices prior to…

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The Social Security Commission estimates that one in four people will live past the age of 90, and one in 10 might live past age 95. If these numbers appear more ambitious than the ones you usually hear, such as the average life expectancy of a 65-year-old male is 82, that’s because no one is…

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According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Census Bureau, do-it-yourself (DIY) work accounts for 37 percent of all home remodeling projects in the U.S. Unfortunately, the flip side is that about 30 percent of work performed by the professional remodeling industry represents fixing DIY attempts. We are often tempted to…

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For years, financial professionals have encouraged people to save money for their retirement income through tax-deferred vehicles such as an IRA or company-sponsored 401(k) plan. In fact, many employers provide an additional incentive by offering to match a certain percentage of each worker’s deferred income. The premise behind tax-deferred accounts is that you do not…

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Who looks for a job in August? Who’s around to interview candidates anyway? August is a popular month for end-of-summer vacations before the school year starts. This trend showed up in the latest jobs report, which revealed a slump of only 142,000 jobs added after six straight months of payroll gains exceeding 200,000. [CLICK HERE…

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According to recent research conducted by Harris Interactive, among the most recent group of retirees:* • 38 percent say they wish they had waited to begin drawing Social Security • More than 25 percent delayed retirement because of health care expenses • 32 percent say health problems keep them from living the retirement they expected…

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Some of the world’s top sports figures have recently experienced ups and downs in their careers. Take Rafael Nadal for instance, one of the top men’s professional tennis players in the world. Two years ago, Nadal was forced to sit out for seven months due to a knee injury. Then he fought his way back…

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When you visit a doctor for a regular checkup or common illness, do you find you spend more time with a nurse than the physician? Nurse training has become more extensive in recent years, with newly titled nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA) shouldering a larger share of the health care workload. Part of…

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