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  • How to Experience the Best of Park City During Sundance U.S.News & World Report - 12 hours ago

    Best of all, even if you couldn't score tickets to private film screenings this year, there are plenty of ways to experience the spirit of Sundance. To help you celebrate the best of Park City, we asked Sundance veterans to share their top tips on where to stay, dine and play during this world-renowned film festival. Park City resident Hilary Reiter has attended Sundance for nearly 20 years.

  • 6 Ways to Prevent Work Burnout U.S.News & World Report - 12 hours ago

    The joint study by Kronos, a provider of workforce and human capital management, and Future Workplace, an executive development firm, found that 95 percent of human resource leaders admit employee burnout is sabotaging workforce retention. Your first priority is to familiarize yourself with the signs of burnout and prevent it from happening in the first place. The signs of burnout and stress can include aches and pains, feeling drowsy, lack of focus and difficulty sleeping, just to name a few.

  • How This Same-Sex Couple Paid Off $51,000 in 3 Years U.S.News & World Report - 12 hours ago

    At one point, David Auten and John Schneider had $51,000 in credit card debt, despite the fact that they both worked in financial services. U.S. News recently spoke to Auten and Schneider about what they did to extinguish debt, why they feel the LGBTQ community needs personalized money advice and more. Auten: When I was 19, my mother co-signed on a credit card for me to take a vacation to Ireland to use only in case of an emergency.

  • How Does Your Fund Value Illiquid Assets? U.S.News & World Report - 13 hours ago

    In December, Pacific Investment Management Co., best known as Pimco, agreed to pay nearly $20 million to settle claims by the Securities and Exchange Commission that the firm misled investors in its Pimco Total Return Active ETF bond fund (ticker: BOND). The case highlights concerns many investors have in the back of their minds: How do you know the fund's net asset value, or share price, accurately reflects the values of the assets it holds? "Liquidity risk is real and ordinary investors need to understand it," says Yuen Yung, CEO of Casoro Capital, a private equity firm in Austin, Texas, specializing in real estate.

  • IHOP (DIN) Claims Hacking After Anti-Hillary Clinton Retweet U.S.News & World Report - 13 hours ago

    IHOP, owned by DineEquity, Inc. (DIN), is the latest brand facing major social media uproar -- except it says its Twitter account was hacked, reports the Huffington Post. After investigation, we have confirmed that our account was hacked this morning.

  • Retire in Coastal Spain for 400 Euros Per Month U.S.News & World Report - 13 hours ago

    If Spain isn't on your list of possible overseas retirement destinations, you should pay it a visit. While Spain isn't as cheap as Southeast Asia or parts of Latin America, remember that neither is this the third world. Spain is a modern, developed country.

  • KR Stock: How Does Kroger Co Stack Up? U.S.News & World Report - 13 hours ago

    There are other issues at play, as well, including Wal-Mart Stores' ( WMT) ongoing presence in the grocery space and new grocery delivery models that continue to creep into the Cincinnati company's business. Or will these problems that most grocers face keep Kroger away from the checkout aisle? Deflation remains a big problem for Kroger.

  • Universities, Colleges Where Students Are Eager to Enroll U.S.News & World Report - 16 hours ago

    While prospective students are often anxious about receiving an acceptance letter this time of year, most colleges are concerned about meeting their enrollment targets. The yield -- part of recruitment ...

  • 7 Last-Minute Warm-Weather Winter Vacation Ideas U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 9:01 AM AEDT

    At this time of year, when severe storms and icy temperatures tempt us to jet off to sunnier locales with powdery sands, warm waters and island breezes, it's a prime time to map out our next vacation. Whether you're itching to strap on a bathing suit and laze along picturesque beaches, embark on a far-off adventure in a culture-filled locale or explore awe-inspiring coral reefs and natural attractions, a cost-effective coastal getaway is still within easy reach -- even for committed procrastinators.

  • 5 Stocks to Watch This Week -- NFLX C IBM UAL GE U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 5:12 AM AEDT

    Investors and traders alike can expect more volatility courtesy of President-elect Donald Trump in the lead-up to his Friday inauguration. Trump didn't even wait for the holiday weekend to end, lashing out at vehicle imports from Germany and Canada that sent a few automakers' shares for a loop. Netflix (ticker: NFLX): Netflix has an exceedingly high bar to clear on several fronts when the streaming content provider reports fourth-quarter earnings on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Workers Who Are Excluded From 401(k) Plans U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 4:40 AM AEDT

    At each new job there might be a waiting period to join the 401(k) plan or to qualify for a 401(k) match. A recent Government Accountability Office survey of 80 401(k) plans found that some groups of employees, including short-term, part-time and young workers, are often excluded from the company 401(k) plan or denied company contributions. Here's who might not be eligible to save in a 401(k) plan or keep an employer match and how much it's costing them in lost retirement savings.

  • Got Debt? Save Over $1,300 With a Balance Transfer Credit Card in 2017 U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 4:00 AM AEDT

    For many of us, our best self doesn't have credit card debt, so we resolve to pay it off once and for all. A recent NerdWallet survey found that more than a quarter of Americans (27 percent) have the financial goal of paying off some or all of their credit card debt in the coming year. Paying off credit cards is a lot easier when you don't have interest charges pumping up your debt at the same time you're trying to shrink it.

  • 10 Tips for Finding a Great Place to Retire U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 3:56 AM AEDT

    Selecting your spot When you no longer need to live near your job, a world of possibilities opens up. Relocating can sometimes save you money if you can find more affordable housing and lower your tax ...

  • New Year, New You: 3 Ways to Stay on Top of Your New Job Resolution U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 3:16 AM AEDT

    Tweak your resume and cover letter. Just take a few moments to first compare the job description to your current resume. Check!" instead of having to figure out if "human resources analytics" on your resume is a match.

  • 5 Strategies for Sticking With Your Financial Resolutions U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 3:10 AM AEDT

    If you're like many people who devised a resolution for the new year and dove into it with gusto, you're probably realizing right about now that the honeymoon period is over and the resolution isn't all it's cracked up to be. You may have even broken that resolution a time or two. Resolutions are hard to uphold, especially ones that require you to change many of your daily habits and routines.

  • How to Handle Pre-Employment Drug Testing Where Marijuana is Legal U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 2:29 AM AEDT

    The recent election brought about a confusing new twist for many job seekers in states where marijuana is now legal. How do you handle a pre-employment drug screening if you use marijuana? Marijuana is still an illegal substance on a federal level.

  • 7 Basic Materials Investments to Buy in 2017 U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 2:19 AM AEDT

    The basic materials sector may not be sexy, but it is poised to outperform in 2017. This sector posted strong gains at up 14.1 percent in 2016, versus a 9.5 gain in the Standard & Poor's 500 index , and ...

  • 5 Top Winter Vacations That Don't Involve Skiing U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 2:13 AM AEDT

    Fortunately, there are a lot of great options for winter-loving non-skiers, even at ski resorts, which are going all out these days to cater to ski-averse guests. Why not go dog sledding, seek out wildlife in national parks or try out snowshoeing this season? By day, you can go snow tubing, splash at the indoor water park or indulge at one of five on-site restaurants.

  • Samsung Shoots for the Stars After Galaxy Note 7 Disaster U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 2:03 AM AEDT

    It's a juggernaut that produces TVs and refrigerators, as well as semiconductor components for Apple's (ticker: AAPL) iPhone 7. Discontinuing the Galaxy Note 7 meant a $3 billion hit spread over two quarters, including the current earnings period. "Samsung isn't going away, but a lot depends on releases later this year of their phone products," says Ian Cross, senior lecturer of marketing and director of the Center for Marketing Technology at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

  • 8 Men Have the Same Amount of Money as 3.6 Billion People U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 2:01 AM AEDT

    Eight men -- including the founders of both Microsoft (ticker: MSFT) and Amazon.com (AMZN) -- hold the same amount of money as half of the world, according to a report published this week by Oxfam International. ...

  • 6 Home Renovations to Consider Before Retirement U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 1:45 AM AEDT

    Many retirees dream of selling their homes before retirement, either to downsize or to move to a warmer climate. But what if you're planning to stay in your home during retirement? Paying off your mortgage ...

  • Trump's Tax Plan Could Affect Your Retirement U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 1:42 AM AEDT

    The inauguration is just days away and President-elect Donald Trump will soon assume the role of commander-in-chief. Already, Trump has proposed substantial changes to both foreign and domestic policy, including an update to the federal tax code. If his proposals are accepted, tax brackets would be streamlined from seven to just three: 12, 25 and 33 percent.

  • 7 Tips to Recover From Holiday Overspending U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 1:00 AM AEDT

    You'll find out precisely the size of your splurge when your credit card bills arrive. "At some point in our lives we have all overspent -- it's just human," says Richard Rosso, director of financial planning of Clarity Financial in Houston. Print out your credit card statements and look at where you spent most of your money.

  • 8 Relaxing Spas in San Diego - Locals' Picks U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 1:00 AM AEDT

    After a long flight or a full day of sightseeing, nothing beats a day at the spa. San Diego is a haven for full-service spas that cater to visitors who seek to nurture their health or simply unwind. Local experts highly recommend the spa at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa for the ultimate in relaxation.

  • 8 Fun Day Trips from Washington, D.C. - Locals' Picks U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Jan 17, 2017 1:00 AM AEDT

    Local experts recommend these eight day trips from the nation's capital. If you want to learn more about the nation's first president, George Washington's 500-acre estate is just a 40-minute drive from the District of Columbia. Visitors can tour the grounds of the plantation and visit Washington's tomb.

  • Why Diversifying Your 401(k) Is Crucial U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Jan 17, 2017 1:00 AM AEDT

    Diversifying one's investment portfolio via different asset classes has long been the holy grail of retirement investors, ever since a landmark 1952 paper on long-term investing by Nobel Prize-winning economist Harry Markowitz, who was then just a student at the University of Chicago. With a new year beckoning and strong talk of a volatile stock market in 2017, it's a good time to revisit the diversification issue. Does Markowitz's theory still hold up to strong scrutiny?

  • 5 Things to Do Now Before Selling Your House in Austin This Spring U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Jan 17, 2017 1:00 AM AEDT

    With Austin, Texas' hottest real estate season rapidly approaching, sellers need to start getting their homes ready now. To help you prepare for a spring sale, U.S. News spoke with some of Austin's top real estate agents, as identified by OpenHouse Realty, a real estate technology company (and a U.S. News partner), about what you should tackle now. Every neighborhood has nuances in terms of pricing and the market, so it's important to work with someone who knows the area," says Hilary Herrin, Realtor and listing agent for Mueller Silent Market.

  • 5 Rooftop Bars With the Best Views of New York City - Locals' Picks U.S.News & World Report - Sun, Jan 15, 2017 1:00 AM AEDT

    There's no better way to take in New York City's famous skyline than from above with a cocktail in hand. "You have to be up high to see and appreciate New York City for all that it is and its views," says Chris Heywood, spokesman for NYC & Company, the city's tourism organization. To understand the vastness and breadth and depth of New York, you need to get up high.

  • 10 Top National Parks to Visit This Winter U.S.News & World Report - Sat, Jan 14, 2017 9:10 AM AEDT

    Keep reading to discover top national parks that shine in winter, and get ready to embrace some serenity, striking landscapes and cold-weather splendors. Death Valley is the driest and lowest spot in North America -- and the record-holder for the hottest recorded temperature on earth at 134 degrees Fahrenheit in 1913. Geysers, bison, elk, bears and flower-sprinkled valleys make America's first national park the quintessential American national park experience.

  • How Side Hustles Can Actually Cost You Money U.S.News & World Report - Sat, Jan 14, 2017 6:46 AM AEDT

    You might earn more money if you're supplementing your full-time job as a part-time fitness instructor, Uber driver or web designer, but if you aren't careful, you could theoretically lose money, too. You may have startup costs. For instance, you may need to be certified in the profession you're working in, says Donna Lubrano, an adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University College of Professional Studies in Boston.

  • How to Define Luxury Real Estate in Today's Market U.S.News & World Report - Sat, Jan 14, 2017 6:14 AM AEDT

    "It's entirely overused," says Michelle Farber Ross, real estate broker and managing partner of MMD Realty in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Luxury real estate is defined differently across different markets, as property values, median resident income and area development varies widely depending on the metro area. Whether or not you fall into the real estate definition of luxury living, knowing how your market defines high-end properties will allow you to better understand the qualities you need and want in a home.

  • 9 Insider Tips for Navigating an Outrageously Long Flight Delay U.S.News & World Report - Sat, Jan 14, 2017 3:34 AM AEDT

    "There's not a lot you can do, other than make yourself comfortable with a book or podcast if you're stuck in the airport," says Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com. Also consider calling your airline if you're concerned about an impending storm. Carrying a few critical tools, particularly tracking apps, is essential to getting around your terminal with ease and staying looped in on the latest flight alerts, explains Tom Spagnola, senior vice president, supplier relations at CheapOair.

  • 5 Smart Strategies to Reduce Estate Taxes U.S.News & World Report - Sat, Jan 14, 2017 3:19 AM AEDT

    "Some people don't care about estate taxes," says Erin Durkin, director of financial planning for EP Wealth Advisors. Minimizing estate taxes is about ensuring the money you worked hard to earn and save will be used for purposes that are important to you. "At the end of the day, you're trying to maximize the estate, not minimize the amount the kids have to pay," says Ash Toumayants, owner of Strong Tower Associates in State College, Pennsylvania.

  • 5 Denver Neighborhoods to Explore on Vacation - Locals' Picks U.S.News & World Report - Sat, Jan 14, 2017 3:11 AM AEDT

    Each neighborhood's unique mix of parks, bars, restaurants and stores infuses it with a distinct character. U.S. News asked local experts for their tips on what to do and where to go in some of Denver's most interesting neighborhoods. One of Denver's oldest neighborhoods is still one of its most popular.

  • Finding Hygge: 6 Frugal Items to Keep You Cozy This Winter U.S.News & World Report - Sat, Jan 14, 2017 2:57 AM AEDT

    Now that the holidays are over, we're entering the longest stretch of winter. Without parties to look forward to, cards to send out and presents to buy, it can feel a little gloomy. But there's a trick ...