Every day people are bombarded by ideas that could derail their financial future. Bad advice, differing expert opinions, and sales pitches are everywhere. They’re faced with important money decisions that could either be very costly or really pay off in the long run.

Whether they personally have $100,000 or $100 million, they feel the burden and stress of making the best moves for their future despite a lot of uncertainty. How do they decide what to do with their money? Where do they turn for financial advice? What if they’ve been misled?

Chad Willardson wrote Stress-Free Money to show people how to overcome the seven obstacles standing between them and financial freedom. He exposes the risks, biases, and major mistakes that keep so many people from reaching their goals. I recently caught up with Chad to learn what inspired him to write the book and which idea he shares is

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A right-leaning think tank went to court Monday to try to stop Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposed move to a graduated income tax, alleging that educational efforts around the ballot initiative use misleading statements to “conceal the threat of taxes on retirement income.”

The Illinois Policy Institute, along with three retirees, filed suit in the Cook County Circuit Court’s Chancery Division against Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and members of the state Board of Elections, saying, if approved, the graduated income tax would “eliminate important structural safeguards that deter legislators” from imposing new taxes on retirement income and higher taxes on those with lower incomes.

In the suit, the institute says a pamphlet released by White contains “misleading statements,” specifically around the proposed amendment not taxing retirement income.

Those statements “are particularly dangerous to retirees and conceal the threat of taxes on retirement income,” the institute and other plaintiffs allege.

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(Bloomberg) — It sounded a bit like a broken record.

Confronted by a pandemic that has devastated the economy, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell declared no less than 10 times last week that the central bank has a “powerful” new monetary policy road map for returning the U.S. to full employment and lifting inflation temporarily above 2%.

“It was powerful,” Mellon chief economist Vincent Reinhart said wryly of the central bank’s plan for continued rock-bottom interest rates. “If you say it 10 times it must be so.”

Such skepticism, which was partly reflected in falling stock prices toward the end of last week, could prove to be a headwind for the Fed. If consumers and companies doubt its ability to achieve its aims, they’re likely to be more risk averse, holding back the economy in the process.

To counteract that, more specific policy commitments by the Fed, including when it

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U2 and Sinead O’Connor were among hundreds of Irish artists to sign an open letter calling for increased government support for the Irish live events sector. 

Live events have ground to a complete halt since March 12, when the Irish Government introduced the first measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus on the island. 

The letter, signed by hundreds of Ireland’s most prominent musicians, calls for an immediate return of the €350 weekly Pandemic Unemployment Payment for those working in the live events industry. 

Around 35,000 people work in the Irish live events industry from full-time workers to part-time workers and virtually all of them have been laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Read more: Sinead O’Connor asks Dublin anti-maskers to not use her music

The open letter also calls for increased funding for the live entertainment sector proportionate to a grant recently awarded to the Arts Council. 


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Politics of Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Source: rainbowradioonline.com


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Former President John Dramani Mahama has taken a swipe at the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) of stealing and implementing his ideas captured in the manifesto of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Addressing a gathering at the Town Hall Meeting on the NDC’s ‘People’s Manifesto’ the presidential candidate opined he was not worried the NPP was stealing his manifesto promises.

He was optimistic the NDC will win the 2020 general elections and taker over the seat of government and manage the economy better.

The NDC he said will provide a leadership that will create opportunities for prosperity to be for all and not just a selected few.

Mr. Mahama accused the NPP government to collapsing businesses instead of creating jobs.

The NPP he said has

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – In a stunning and unusual move, more than 150 top business leaders called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to take decisive actions to fix quality of life issues that they say jeopardize the city’s recovery.


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As CBS2’s political reporter Marcia Kramer reports, even from day one, when Bill de Blasio shoveled snow from his Park Slope brownstone but couldn’t plow the streets, there were questions about his ability to do the job. Now, with trash piling up, homeless encampments proliferating and gun violence growing, there are even more questions about his ability to steer the ship of state and instill confidence.

“I think we really need the mayor to demonstrate leadership, instill a sense of confidence … The problem right now is there hasn’t been a demonstrated level of focus from the mayor,” said Scott Rechler, chief executive of RXR Realty.

LINK: Tracking

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Once second-in-command of Israel’s version of Delta Force, Doron Kempel built and sold two tech companies for a combined $850 million. Now he sees financial opportunity in public safety.

Hazel Carrasquillo was riding the bus home from work late one night in March when a distressed seeming man began shouting at her. When she got off her stop, in a Chicago suburb, the man also got off, making her feel unsafe.

Rather than call the police, she used an app on her phone to video-call a private security service that stayed on the line with her until she got home. If something did happen, the video was being recorded, and the agent could call the police to her location. 

At a time when people are on high alert, yet possibly hesitant to call the police, a new app called Our Bond is aiming to provide a sense of security

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I was talking to the janitor of an office building the other day. “What happened to that dance studio on the 8th floor?” I asked. “Shut down,” he responded. I soon discovered two other small businesses in the building had closed down as well – a salon and a restaurant. “Many more are waiting to see how the last four months of the year pan out,” he said. “It all looks very bleak.”

Small businesses around the UAE are currently facing the biggest challenge of their existence. And the next few months are a fight for survival. The local gym, the bakery down the road, the local fashion label, the neighbourhood salon are desperately gathering all their resources, trying to stay brave and wondering how they will sail through this storm. As a friend put it, “This is the ‘rainy day’ my mother always warned me about – my mother

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Google has officially announced a new “Verified Calls” feature for its phone app, which is designed to give more information when a business is calling you. Compatible calls will show a company’s name, branding, a small badge to show that it’s verified, and a reason for its call.

The feature is coming to the Google Phone app, which typically comes preloaded on Pixel and Android One phones. However, Google says it will now be available to download on a “limited” set of additional phones running Android Pie and higher, including flagship handsets from Samsung and LG. Compatible phones will be able to grab the app from the Google Play Store and then set it as their default phone calling app.

Depending on how businesses use it, the verified calls feature could be enormously helpful, not just to let you know who’s calling (helping avoid spam calls), but also to make

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DUBAI, U.A.E, Aug. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —  As part of OPPO’s partnership with Dubai Summer Surprises, the global smartphone brand has seen an incredible response from the gaming community at its Gaming Challenge at Mall of the Emirates.

With four days remaining of the challenge, gaming aficionados have the chance to meet and play against some of the region’s leading gaming talent such as Ahmed Al Nasheet (@dvlzgame), Amr Nassouhy (@nsoo7y) and Hussain Yousuf Anwar (@h.messi.10). Furthermore, participants can compete for the ultimate prize of a final match with Manny (@manny), a UK-based YouTuber and streamer who rose to prominence after featuring regularly alongside his brother Tobjizzle and the rest of the Sidemen in various football challenge videos. With almost two million subscribers on his YouTube channel, he’s also founded his own football team (Under The Radar FC), scored a second chart topping hit and streams to a huge

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