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Angering bodega owners, New York will ban plastic bags on Sunday, joining California and hundreds of cities that have adopted similar policies

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 10:11 AM PST

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  • A ban on plastic bags in New York State — and a tax on paper bags in some localities, including New York City — will go in effect overnight.
  • While the statewide ban will eventually involve fines on businesses as high as $500, the state now says it won't issue any until April.
  • New York will be the second state to outright ban the bags, joining California who enacted the strictest ban on the single-use bags in 2016.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

A bag on plastic pans across the state of New York will go into effect on Monday, March 1, a move environmental activists and state champions behind the measure see as a positive step toward reducing pollution and combating climate change. 

"These bags are going to help us have a clean earth and a future for our kids and grandchildren," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at an event in New York City's Union Square in February, as he discussed the law and handed out reusable bags to city residents, according to a report from NBC New York

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Chinese social-media platform WeChat saw spikes in the terms 'SARS,' 'coronavirus,' and 'shortness of breath,' weeks before the first cases were confirmed, a study suggests

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 09:48 AM PST

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  • A new paper from Chinese scientists found that posts on WeChat, China's main social-media site, used keywords related to the new coronavirus weeks before the Chinese government confirmed cases.
  • The study, which has not yet been peer reviewed, raises new questions about the timeline of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The researchers suggest that social-media keyword tracking could be a useful tool in efforts to detect emerging infectious diseases.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

A research paper released this week describes a surprising trend on the Chinese social-media platform WeChat: Usage of keywords related to the new coronavirus spiked more than two weeks before officials confirmed the first cases.

The authors, five infectious-disease researchers in China, analyzed the prevalence of the terms "SARS," its Chinese equivalent "Feidian," "coronavirus," "shortness of breath," "dyspnea," and "diarrhea" in posts and searches on WeChat from November 17 to December 31. Their findings suggest "abnormal spikes and increases" in the usage of all the keywords during that time.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Uber sent drivers guidance about coronavirus that some say ignores the realities of the gig economy

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 09:44 AM PST

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  • On Friday evening, ridesharing company Uber sent drivers a memo offering guidance to workers as the novel coronavirus spreads across the world and the US.
  • The memo, titled "A reminder about coronavirus," offered four points of advice to contractors who come into contact with numerous passengers every day: If you feel sick, stay home; wash your hands frequently; cover your cough or sneeze; clean and disinfect.
  • The guidance follows reporting from Business Insider Friday morning that said drivers were avoiding picking up passengers from airports over coronavirus fears, and that they hadn't received any guidance from the company.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

As fear over the global spread of novel coronavirus reached a fever pitch Friday, Uber blasted out a long-awaited memo offering their contractors guidance.

Given the ongoing global concern regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), we'd like to remind everyone to take the recommended steps to stay safe and healthy. 

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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30 Big Tech Predictions for 2020

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 09:30 AM PST

Digital transformation has just begun. 30BigTechPredictionsfor2020

Not a single industry is safe from the unstoppable wave of digitization that is sweeping through finance, retail, healthcare, and more.

In 2020, we expect to see even more transformative developments that will change our businesses, careers, and lives.

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For the first time since the Cold War, the Navy is practicing to lead a convoy across the Atlantic

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 09:27 AM PST

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  • This month, the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and its strike group cleared a path through the Atlantic for a group of cargo ships led by the cruiser USS Vella Gulf.
  • It's the first time since 1986 that the Navy has done this kind of convoy, an operation that the military sees as increasingly important in the contested environment of the Atlantic.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

The Defender-Europe 2020 exercise will be the largest deployment of US-based forces to Europe in 25 years, with some 20,000 soldiers deploying from the US to join another 17,000 troops from 17 other countries.

The exercise will take place in April and May, and to get some of those soldiers and their gear to Europe, the US Military Sealift Command cargo ship USNS Benavidez, US-flagged merchant vehicle carriers MV Resolve and MV Patriot, are already sailing across the Atlantic, escorted by guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Wife of first US service member to test positive for the coronavirus has also been infected

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 09:10 AM PST

A US soldier taking the temperature of a motorist at one of the gates to U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, South Korea, Feb. 27, 2020.U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kang, Min-jin

  • The wife of the first US service member to test positive for the coronavirus has also been infected, US Forces Korea (USFK) said Saturday.
  • This marks the fourth USFK-related coronavirus infection following positive tests for a widowed dependent, a US soldier, and a USFK employee.
  • The wife of the infected soldier and their baby have been moved to an isolation unit at a US military hospital in Daegu, South Korea.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Health officials have been working to determine whether or not anyone else was exposed to the coronavirus after a 23-year-old US soldier stationed in South Korea tested positive earlier this week, when he became the first member of the US military to test positive for the virus.

On Saturday, the service member's wife has also tested positive, marking the fourth USFK-related coronavirus infection overall.

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Goldman Sachs is going through a huge transformation under CEO David Solomon. Here's everything you need to know.

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 08:45 AM PST

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  • Goldman Sachs has been going through some high-profile changes. The storied investment bank is seeing leadership shakeups under CEO David Solomon and a slew of partner departures. 
  • The Wall Street bank has been moving away from high-risk businesses like trading and is making pushes into more stable areas like consumer lending
  • There have been big cultural changes, too. Solomon is looking to create a more transparent workplace, while new tech execs are taking cues from Silicon Valley heavy-hitters. 
  • At Business Insider, we are closely tracking the latest developments at Goldman. You can read all of our Goldman coverage on BI Prime.

Storied Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs is going through some massive shifts under CEO David Solomon.

Recently, it's taken big steps involving transparency and inclusion to change up its culture. Its tech execs are also embracing change by promoting APIs and putting Goldman's Marquee app on Amazon's cloud. It has seen a slew of partner departures — many in the securities division. And it's also added recruiting exes to focus on lateral hiring. 

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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At least 4 of the dozens of US coronavirus cases are not linked to overseas travel but are likely the result of 'community spread'

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 08:20 AM PST

Coronavirus quarantine USBehrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images

  • Four people in the US are suspected to have the coronavirus as a result of "community spread" meaning they contracted the virus despite not traveling outside the US.
  • A high school student in Washington State and a woman in Oregan are the latest "presume positive" cases, according to CNN. 
  • There have been around 70 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US so far, most of which were among repatriated passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

At least four of the 67 reported cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus are not linked to travel outside the United States after a woman in Oregan and a high school student in Washington state are presumed to have tested possible for the virus, health officials told CNN

A person — described by CNN as an "older woman" — reportedly contracted the virus without having recently traveled overseas or knowingly coming in contact with any person who had contracted the coronavirus. The other California case isa woman from Solano County currently hospitalized at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, the report said.

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Simply firing CEOs won't fix the deeper cultural problems in tech industry

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 08:17 AM PST

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  • The tech industry has a systemic culture problem and allows founders to get away with bad behavior.
  • Instead of just firing CEOs and moving on, the tech industry needs to encourage fundamental change to address its toxic culture.
  • As consumers we can try and encourage better behavior from tech companies as well.
  • Maëlle Gavet has been a leading technology executive and entrepreneur for over 15 years. She is author of the forthcoming book, Trampled by Unicorns: Big Tech's empathy problem and how to fix it, which will release in the Fall of 2020.
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

We are caught in a never ending cycle. Month after month, the technology industry is found trampling over privacy, or fostering a toxic workplace culture, or profiting off of a brutally exploitative business model, or supporting and even seemingly celebrating a founder's rockstar-like excesses and personal peccadillos. All too often, instead of making the world a better place, many of these companies are making things much worse.

After these problems erupt into public view, what happens next is so often the same.

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When I bought a new house, I didn't anticipate the biggest change to my budget: property taxes

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 07:41 AM PST

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  • My wife and I moved from California to New York in 2016 and bought a new house. I expected my property taxes to go up by a few thousand dollars, but I was in for a surprise.
  • After we tore down and rebuilt our home, our property taxes went from $10,000 in California to $20,000; I was prepared for an increase of about $4,000 when we moved.
  • Now, I tell prospective home buyers to anticipate rising property taxes if they're planning to make any upgrades to their home, especially if adding square footage.
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In mid-2016, my wife, son, and I packed up our lovely home in Glendale, California, a city nestled into the hills just north of Los Angeles, and moved to Port Washington, New York, a town a bit east of New York City. In many ways, the move was lateral. Home prices were about on par between the old neighborhood and the new one, as were prices for groceries, dining, most retail goods, and so forth.

And while our New York house was larger than our California home, the difference wasn't dramatic, and soon enough that extra space would be filled by a new resident — our daughter. 

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Microsoft is expanding its antivirus software to iOS and Android — and it's betting on AI in a bid to dominate the enterprise cybersecurity market (MSFT)

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 07:30 AM PST

FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Microsoft logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018.  REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationReuters

  • Microsoft is expanding its enterprise antivirus software to iOS and Android, the company announced this month.
  • The move marks a bid to become the dominant cybersecurity provider for large companies.
  • Microsoft engineers and executives spoke to Business Insider about the AI systems that power its Defender antivirus software.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Microsoft's Defender software, its enterprise antivirus offering, will be available for iOS, Android, and Linux later this year, the company announced this month.

With the new release, Microsoft is staking out its place in a growing market of antivirus providers compatible with smartphones — and it's pitching its own security tech as a one-stop provider for companies with employees that use multiple devices and operating systems on the job (the newly announced software will be available for businesses, but not individual consumers).

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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I worked weekends for over a year. This is why I'd recommend it to any young professional.

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 07:23 AM PST

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  • I worked as Insider's weekend editor for over a year. 
  • At first, I wasn't sure how the schedule change would affect my life.
  • Now, as I'm moving into a new role, I can see how the change, along with obvious sacrifices, helped me make positive changes in my personal life and career.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

A little over a year ago, I made the decision that many privileged people tell themselves they'd never make, and many more less privileged people don't get to make for themselves — I opted to work weekends. After being laid off from another media job, I had lived the life of a freelancer for a few months, successfully producing just one feature. So when Insider offered me the job as their weekend editor, working from Friday to Tuesday, I jumped at the opportunity.

At the time, I saw the weekend schedule as an entry fee into a thriving news company and a stable salaried media job. Now, as I'm moving on from the weeked position into a new Monday-to-Friday role at the company, I've come to realize that, along with the sacrifices, the decision to work weekends was transformative for my life and career. Here's what I learned from my year on weekends.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Trump needs to stop making the coronavirus about himself

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 07:16 AM PST

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  • President Trump's response to the coronavirus has been to downplay the risks and worry about his own reelection chances.
  • This is dangerous for the country.
  • Trump should worry about responding adequately to the health crisis, not his political fortunes.
  • Michael Gordon is a longtime Democratic strategist, a former spokesperson for the Justice Department, and the principal for the strategic-communications firm Group Gordon.
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

In an era when we can't agree on basic facts, when science is out of fashion, and a president values loyalty over truth, the threat of a pandemic tests a nation's foundation.

We all pray for the best with the percolating public health crisis, but hope is insufficient. Pandemics span partisanship and geography. And regardless of what you may hear from the acolyte chorus, a national crisis sits on President Trump's desk. For the good of our collective health, team Trump needs to be less reality show and more reality.  

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The top 9 shows on Netflix and other streaming services this week

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 07:15 AM PST

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  • Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand original TV shows on streaming services in the US.
  • Netflix's "BoJack Horseman" returned to the list this week and Disney Plus' "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" surged.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Disney Plus' revival of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" is surging with audiences.

Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand TV shows on streaming services in the US.

The data is based on "demand expressions," Parrot Analytics' globally standardized TV-demand measurement unit. Audience demand reflects the desire, engagement, and viewership weighted by importance, so a stream or a download is a higher expression of demand than a "like" or a comment on social media, for instance.

Below are this week's nine most popular original shows on Netflix and other streaming services:

9. "BoJack Horseman" (Netflix)


Average demand expressions: 30,356,020

Description: "Meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the '90s, 20 years later. He's a curmudgeon with a heart of ... not quite gold ... but something like gold. Copper?"

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 6): 96%

What critics said: "Like all every topic the show has courageously covered in its six seasons, Bojack's ending drives the point home that there are no neatly wrapped conclusions. In fact, it's almost boring-life's a bitch, but it goes on." — Jezebel (season 6)

The final episodes premiered on January 31 on Netflix. See more insights here.

8. "Titans" (DC Universe)

DC Universe

Average demand expressions: 46,882,169

Description: "'Titans' follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and lovable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 85%

What critics said: "Titans is not going to blow anyone away but it will still appeal to established fans and has some nice moments for fans of DC Comics history." — JoBlo's Movie Emporium (Season 2)

Season 2 premiered on DC Universe on September 6. See more insights here.

7. "Star Trek: Picard" (CBS All Access)

CBS All Access

Average demand expressions: 47,424,424

Description: "'Star Trek: Picard' features Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation.' The new series will follow this iconic character into the next chapter of his life."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 90%

What critics said: "Smart, well-crafted, layered — verging on over-layered." — Newsday (season 1)

Season 1 premiered on January 23 on CBS All Access. See more insights here.

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France has banned any public event in a 'confined space' with over 5,000 people to stop spread of coronavirus

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 07:12 AM PST

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  • France has banned any public event with more than 5,000 people that is held in a "confined space" due to the coronavirus, Reuters reported.
  • The ban comes as the country has confirmed 73 cases of the virus, according to Reuters' report.
  • There were over 83,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide, as of Friday, and almost 2,900 deaths from it.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

French health minister Olivier Veran announced on Saturday that the country is banning any public event with more than 5,000 people that is held in a "confined space" due to the coronavirus, Reuters reported.

Veran said there are now 73 people in France who have been confirmed to have the virus, according to Reuter's report. Last week, a 60-year-old French citizen became the first person in the country to die from the coronavirus.

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Wealthy weekender's guide: Where to eat, stay, and party in Maui, Hawaii

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 07:10 AM PST

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Maui, Hawaii, is known for many things: its white sand beaches, its plethora of snorkeling spots, and its waterfalls are just a few. But the island — the second-largest of Hawaii's islands — is also known around the world as a destination for ultra-wealthy vacationers.

In 2017, Business Insider's Melia Robinson reported that billionaires were transforming Hawaii into a techie paradise. Peter Thiel, the founder of Paypal, dropped $27 million on a 1.7-acre Maui property in 2011. Meanwhile, celebrities like Oprah and Woody Harrelson have been known to snap up second homes on the island.

It's also an increasingly popular spot for tourists. In 2019, according to the US News and World Report, Maui welcomed 3 million visitors for the first time since the island began tracking tourism numbers in 1990.

Fortunately, if you're one of those tourists, there are plenty of spots where you can find a great night out or a delicious meal — you just have to know where to look. To get the inside scoop on how to enjoy the island, town by town, Business Insider spoke with Josh Jerman, a Maui-based real-estate broker at Hawaii Life. Jerman, a Maui native, has been selling real estate on the island for 15 years. Currently, he has $58 million worth of active listings.

From the places with the best dishes to the area with the biggest homes, Jerman's tips will help guide you on the perfect trip through one of America's most beloved islands.

Maui: An Intro

Shayanne Gal/Business Insider

Maui, the second-largest Hawaiian island, is home to around 166,000 people

It's part of the Hawaiian island chain, which sits in the Pacific Ocean and is made up of eight major islands: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui, and, of course, Hawaii.


The island is made up of five regions: West Maui, Central Maui, Upcountry Maui, South Maui, and East Maui. It is considered a top luxury destination for vacation goers and welcomes around three million visitors a year.


Source: Maui Now, The Hawaiian Islands

Best dining: For a good meal, Jerman suggests heading over to Wailea. Wailea is a small town made up of just over 5,600 people. His favorite place there is called The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea.

Shayanne Gal/Business Insider

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At least two dozen US police departments have spread misinformation linking coronavirus to meth

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 07:02 AM PST

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  • At least two dozen police departments in the US have shared misinformation on Facebook linking the coronavirus to illegal substances, like Methamphetamine, according to BuzzFeed News. 
  • As first reported by The Washington Post, the posts urge individuals to bring their drugs into police stations so they can be tested for the virus, which has killed nearly 3,000 people thus far. 
  • In addition to police departments, some local media outlets have echoed the misinformation on their Facebook pages.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Some US police departments have spread misinformation about the coronavirus on Facebook, claiming that COVID-19 is linked to methamphetamine in an attempt to get people to turn their illegal substances in to law enforcement, the Washington Post reported.

"WARNING: If you have recently purchased Meth, it may be contaminated with the Corona Virus," the Merill, Wisconsin, Police Department shared in a Facebook post on February 26. "Please take it to the Merrill Police Department and we will test it for free. If you're not comfortable going into an office setting, please request any officer and they'll test your Meth in the privacy of your home. Please spread the word! We are here for you!"

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Don't fall for these common 9 money myths — they may actually be preventing you from getting rich, according to Barbara Corcoran, Gary Vaynerchuk, and other moguls

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 07:00 AM PST

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  • The Oracles is a networking group of the world's most prominent entrepreneurs and CEOs. 
  • They understand that it's easy to feel inundated with money advice regarding how much you should be making, where you should be saving it, and how you should be investing it.
  • While there is a lot of good financial advice available, there are also common misconceptions about how you should handle your money, especially as a business owner or entrepreneur. 
  • While investing in the stock market may pay off after 40 years, they recommend investing in yourself now, by learning a skill you can monetize.
  • "If you're always sharpening new skills, you'll make incrementally more money ... you can't save your way to wealth, but you can educate yourself there."
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

There's so much money advice out there that it can be difficult to differentiate the good ones from the bad ones.

To save you some trouble, we asked nine financially savvy business owners and advisors in The Oracles to share the biggest money myths that can stunt your financial success:

1. To make money, you have to worry about money

The Oracles

The more time I spend thinking about money, the less time I have to think of the next great idea that can make money. Overthinking always limits creativity.

Instead, I just trust my gut. When something doesn't feel right, it's usually for a good reason, even if I can't put my finger on why. Your gut is a collection of past experiences — and mine has never steered me wrong!

Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group, podcast host of "Business Unusual," and shark on "Shark Tank."

2. Stick to the status quo if you want to get rich

Courtesy of The Oracles

Don't be romantic about how you make money. Whether you're an entrepreneur or an employee, your current revenue stream isn't necessarily how you'll make money in the future.

When you climb the ranks, it's easy to lose creativity and that desire to change the status quo — until you're replaced by someone who still has those things. Never let money make you comfortable. Always be innovating and thinking ahead.

Gary Vaynerchuk, founder and CEO of VaynerX, five-time New York Times bestselling author of "Crushing It!"

3. Save your pennies and watch the dollars grow

Courtesy of The Oracles

Many people will tell you to invest in the stock market and let compound interest turn your paychecks into millions. The problem with that advice is that you have to work for 40 years.

Instead, invest in yourself by learning a skill you can monetize. If you're always sharpening new skills, you'll make incrementally more money. That's real compound interest. You can't save your way to wealth, but you can educate yourself there.

— James Sixsmith, founder and CEO of Trade Context, cofounder of SpeedUpTrader, and former professional hockey player. Follow him on Instagram and LinkedIn.

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THE FUTURE OF APPLE: The road ahead for the tech giant is services, not iPhones (AAPL)

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 07:00 AM PST

Getting pregnant made me terrified I'd lose my freelance business. Here's how I persevered and became even more successful with less time in my day.

Posted: 29 Feb 2020 07:00 AM PST

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  • Allison Landa started freelancing at 24 and has been covering business and personal finance for more than two decades. 
  • Neither running her own business nor managing money came naturally to her, and six months into her freelance career she used her savings to go on a month-long trip to Europe.
  • After finally getting settled into a groove with her business, she found out she was pregnant — and feared that the news meant she would lose her paying clients.
  • Instead, having a baby pushed her to get organized and set up calendars and budgets for herself. Now says she has "mastered" what could have been disastrous.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

I started my freelance career at the age of 24. It was less aspiration than a desperate move away from offices, which just two years out of college I had already realized I could not stomach. The small talk, the insipid jokes, the banal daily existence in the same cubicle one day after the next — this seemed so far removed from the professional life I'd imagined. It felt like a game I couldn't win, an equation I continually failed to square. I broke free and went out on my own.

Running my own business didn't come naturally. I seemed to specialize in mistakes, miscalculations, and missed deadlines. Then I grew more accustomed to the rigors of satisfying client demand, more fulfilled by my successes, even challenged by the difficulties. Work was good. I was happy. 

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