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    1. The Big Millennial Life Insurance Gap

      The Big Millennial Life Insurance Gap

      Only 10% of Millennials say they have enough life insurance in place to cover self-reported needs should they die, putting their family members at risk. That’s the sobering news from New York Life’s 2018 Life Insurance Gap Survey. Millennials with life insurance have an average of $100,000 in life insurance protection in place, enough to cover one fifth (22%) of their self-reported coverage needs of $452,000. That’s a coverage shortfall of $352,000.

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    2. How to Invest in the Ones You Love | The Smarter Investor

      How to Invest in the Ones You Love | The Smarter Investor

      The most common reason for purchasing life insurance is for the death benefit, which is paid out to beneficiaries – generally income tax-free – after the death of the insured. However, permanent life insurance can offer a number of other benefits – not only to the ones you love – but benefits you may be able to leverage during your lifetime as well (a Valentine's gift to yourself). Yet, many of these benefits are either forgotten or misunderstood and never exercised. In fact, more than half (51 percent) of all respondents said they were either unsure or did not believe life insurance could provide investment opportunities and living benefits, according to the Allianz Life 2018 Life Insurance Needs Survey.

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    3. 5 Secrets to Scaling Successful Events

      5 Secrets to Scaling Successful Events

      Ryan Long's vision for City Summit & Gala was 16 years in the making.

      Long realized that the Hollywood "sex, drugs and rock and roll" lifestyle didn’t fit the values instilled by his family. He found himself disenchanted and unfulfilled. He was also broke and was soon forced to move in with his grandmother.

      In our video interview, Ryan Long shared five secrets to scaling successful events which he learned from experience. Here are the takeaways of what Long had to say:

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    4. CVS Health Offering No Cost Heart Health Screenings This Valentine's Day In Support of Women's Heart Health

      CVS Health Offering No Cost Heart Health Screenings This Valentine's Day In Support of Women's Heart Health

      As part of its ongoing commitment to building healthier communities, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced it will be offering no cost "Know Your Numbers" heart health screenings at MinuteClinic, the company's retail medical clinic, every Thursday in February, including Valentine's Day. MinuteClinic locations can be found inside select CVS Pharmacy and Target stores in 33 states and the District of Columbia.

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    5. Study Suggests Facebook Users Are Happier If They Leave for a Month

      You've no doubt heard anecdotal evidence of Facebook users feeling better after they've quit the social network, but how often does that help, really? A fair amount, according to researchers. A study (PDF) from New York University and Stanford showed that Facebook users were happier, more satisfied with life and slightly less likely to feel anxious, depressed or lonely. They also used other social networks less, and used Facebook less when they came back.

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    6. Variable Annuities for Retirement Savers Go Back to Basics

      Variable Annuities for Retirement Savers Go Back to Basics

      Variable Annuities for Retirement Savers Go Back to Basics Kimberly Lankford, Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Even with today's simplified variable annuities, you need a good grasp of the pros and cons before putting part of your nest egg into one. More After years of making variable annuities more complex and expensive, some insurers are offering products that have fewer bells and whistles, are easier to understand and have lower fees.

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    7. 3 Major Marketing Trends to Look Out for in 2019

      3 Major Marketing Trends to Look Out for in 2019

      Over the last two years, we have seen some subtle shifts in customer reaction towards conventional digital marketing. For instance, the increasing use of ad blockers by many, especially millennials in the U.S., indicates that conventional ads are no longer as popular as they were in 2016.

      With a little study of marketing in 2018 and of creative companies that did well for themselves last year, I have come up with a few trends that we should all expect more of in the new year. This is in no way exhaustive, but it’s worth the read.

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    8. Retailers are getting slammed after reporting holiday sales. Here's why | Markets Insider

      • Shares of retailers fell on Thursday after Target, Kohl's, and Macy's reported holiday sales guidance. Nordstrom shares plunged 8% in sympathy, and Best Buy fell 3%.
      • Macy's led the group to the downside, with an 18% drop. The company lowered its sales and earnings guidance after a weak holiday period.
      • The XRT, a popular retail-tracking ETF, fell 2%.
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      Mentions: Macy Nordstrom
    9. Cancer Deaths Fall for 25th Straight Year

      Cancer Deaths Fall for 25th Straight Year

      Between 1991 and 2016, deaths from cancer dropped 27 percent. In real numbers, that's almost 2.6 million fewer cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society.

      "The decline in deaths is largely driven by reductions in smoking and improved treatment, as well as earlier detection for some cancers," said lead researcher Rebecca Siegel, scientific director of surveillance research at the cancer society.

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    10. A Retiree's Guide to Key Dates in 2019

      A Retiree's Guide to Key Dates in 2019

      When ringing in a new year, many people resolve to be better organized or improve how they manage their finances. "On January 1st, you should be waking up thinking, 'What is my overall game plan for this year?' " We suggests developing a road map for this year's financial journey. After all, the start of a new year is a great time to assess your financial situation and make plans to improve it.

      To make that easier, this calendar highlights the critical dates that are pertinent to preretirees and retirees for 2019, covering categories such as taxes and health care. Miss a deadline, and it could sock your finances. So print out these pages and post them on your fridge, or set reminders on an online calendar to avoid forgetting a crucial deadline.

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    11. 10 Retirement Resolutions For 2019

      10 Retirement Resolutions For 2019

      If you're planning to make New Year's resolutions for 2019, there's a good chance at least one of them will be related to your finances. Money management issues like big credit card bills or a small savings account balance may be more top of mind on a day-to-day basis, but the beginning of a new year is a great time to tackle more long-term goals like retirement. Here are some retirement-related action steps to consider resolving to do next year: 1) Contribute to a Roth IRA.

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    12. If you’re making New Year’s resolutions, here’s one for the

      If you’re making New Year’s resolutions, here’s one for the

      If you’re making New Year’s resolutions, here’s one for the top of your list: I won’t complain about a surprise tax bill or lower refund if I neglected to check my withholding. The 2017 tax overhaul made major changes to the code, such as limiting the deduction for state and local taxes and greatly expanding the tax credit for children under 17. The Treasury Department required employers and pension payers to lower withholding for 2018.

      The IRS recently warned that the number of filers who owe tax or penalties for 2018 is likely to be larger than in recent years, adding that “many of them are likely to be people who have always gotten refunds.”

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    13. What Foods Are Banned in Europe but Not Banned in the U.S.?

      What Foods Are Banned in Europe but Not Banned in the U.S.?

      The European Union prohibits or severely restricts many food additives that have been linked to cancer that are still used in American-made bread, cookies, soft drinks and other processed foods. Europe also bars the use of several drugs that are used in farm animals in the United States, and many European countries limit the cultivation and import of genetically modified foods.

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    14. 9 Things to Do When You Want to Quit Your Job But Really Shouldn't

      9 Things to Do When You Want to Quit Your Job But Really Shouldn't

      Fantasizing about quitting your job and filling your boss's office with sea cucumbers and dead fish? Consider a different approach.

      Sometimes you have to rage-quit your job (we totally get it), but instead of living out the fantasy you’ve been playing over and over in your head of filling your boss’s office with sea cucumbers and dead fish, consider a different approach.

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