If you’re reading this column, or or have read previous ones, you probably have an interest in public speaking and presentation skills. Good! And if you’re already speaking where you work, or before associations and chambers, great! Your goal in 2015 is to deliver more and better presentations.
St. Louis increasingly is being recognized as a Mecca for enterprising and innovative business owners. Major news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and MSNBC have all hailed the Gateway City as the destination for startups.
For most people, pets are considered a part of the family. But what happens to them when the family splits up? Area attorneys tell us there are no special laws in place concerning pets during divorce, at least in Missouri.
At least 65 percent of Americans own a smartphone—that's almost 200 million people. Someone once referred to smartphones as “the cigarettes of our decade," if you consider how some people think it's rude or impolite to whip it out when company is around. Using a smartphone regularly also could lead to chronic health problems (text neck, anyone?), and could potentially kill (see below). But, we digress.
In your 20s, saving for retirement likely is far from top of mind. Even as you get married, have kids and move up in your career, it still may seem part of the distant future. But local financial professionals recommend making investing a priority—at every stage of life.
It’s a three-digit number that can affect your ability to buy a house, fund an education or even pay for groceries without the hassle of cash. No matter your net worth, knowing and maintaining your credit score is an important aspect of keeping your finances in order—but there are mistakes you may be making that can damage your rating.
Twenty years ago, four friends formed a fiduciary wealth management firm out of a lone Clayton office. Today, that firm’s focus on doing right by its clients has helped it grow to seven locations around the nation and $24.7 billion in assets under management.
It’s no secret that the cost of college in the U.S. is rising. Although amounts can vary widely, a four-year college education can be more than $150,000, according to CollegeBoard’s 2014 Trends in College Pricing report. That could be a major contributor to why grandparents are increasingly stepping up to help finance their grandchildren’s education: A recent study by Fidelity Investments shows that 53 percent of grandparents are saving, or plan to save for such costs, while 90 percent report that they would do so if asked. We spoke to Sean McClanahan, a VP at Fidelity and head of its Ladue office, about the study.
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