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Cheat Sheet Q & A:
Brian, Looked at the Mint web site and find it valuable but have some concern about providing my bank account numbers etc. Is it a secure site?
Bottom Line: I recently recommended the Mint app and/or website to help you manage personal finances. It’s an excellent free resource is you’re so inclined. Now to the question…
Mint.com is an Intuit company. You may not be familiar with Intuit but you are familiar with their two other brands: Quicken products and Turbo Tax. So in sort, yes Mint.com and the Mint app are as safe as using Quicken or Turbo Tax products. So feel free to populate your information into the service and allow it to help you manage your finances.
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Consumer Reports (recommendations) on Wine:
Bottom Line: If you’re a wino like Ashley and me or just starting to take an interest in wine Consumer Reports has a few suggestions for you.
Why you shouldn't be surprised that the financial markets are doing just fine considering the shutdown:
Bottom Line: Through two days of the partial Government shutdown the financial markets have been even more stable than usual. Seem odd? It shouldn’t. Despite the media and others in the financial industry that have suggested that the partial shutdown would have immense negative consequences to the economy (which would suggest that the financial markets would be roiled) – it simply isn’t the case.
The stock market so far has been flat (up a bit on day 1, down a bit on day 2). But that’s exactly what history suggests would be the case during a partial shutdown. We’ve been through 17 government shutdowns and eleven of them have occurred since 1981. By the numbers:
So… History says that the market moves by less than 1% during shutdowns and actually performs very well after them. So much for the destructive forces on the economy and also why you shouldn’t be any more stressed than usual about your investments right now…
Brand strength of NFL teams:
Bottom Line: Digital research firm WCG recently studied the brand strength of all NFL teams based on the amount of digital conversation and interaction by fans about their favorite teams. You most likely will be surprised the several team rankings. I’ll hit a few teams:
Out of 32 NFL teams:
What businesses need to know about E Verify system:
Bottom Line: E Verify is indeed out of service right now. This has led to a hiring freeze by agencies and companies that use the E Verify system. While it’s optional for most private businesses in
All employers are able to employ during the partial government shutdown without any consequence while E Verify is down. Once it’s up again you’ll have at least three days to be able to run the new employees at that time. So feel free to proceed with your hiring activity.
Another reminder that you should stay away from bitcoins for now:
Bottom Line: The Covert Online “Pharmacy”
In time I believe bitcoins will become regulated and offer validity to the practice of exchanging them. Wait for that time to come.