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Diamond Industry Tries to Polish Its Rep in Tough Luxury Market

Diamond Industry Tries to Polish Its Rep in Tough Luxury Market

It takes intense heat and pressure to squeeze out a diamond. And now, the diamond industry itself is feeling the squeeze. Commodities weakness has spread to gemstones. What’s more, women just aren’t into diamonds like they once were. After rising for several years, diamond prices weakened in 2015, moving in step with lower commodities prices ...

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Forget Coffee: High-End Teas are the Hottest Millennial Trend
August 7, 2015

Forget Coffee: High-End Teas are the Hottest Millennial Trend

Tea is getting hot. That’s significant to tea lovers—a growing group, as evidenced by the increasing number of tea shops and counters in the U.S. “This is the ...

Pied-a-Terre in Paris? Tips on Buying International Real Estate
July 31, 2015

Pied-a-Terre in Paris? Tips on Buying International Real Estate

A strong U.S. dollar isn’t just making vacations overseas more affordable; a brawny buck puts foreign real estate on sale, too. Jason Kumpf, real estate expert at ...

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Paying for College: How Grandparents Are Helping Out
July 28, 2015

Paying for College: How Grandparents Are Helping Out

A four-year college education now averages roughly $100,000 in tuition and other expenses, leaving multiple generations to help shoulder the bill. For many ...

Q&A: Seasonal Cues Are Vital for Healthy Skin, Smart Investing
July 24, 2015

Q&A: Seasonal Cues Are Vital for Healthy Skin, Smart Investing

The Ticker Tape grabbed a few minutes with Elisabeth Thieriot—active investor, developer of seasonal skin care line Replete, and author of "Be Fabulous At ...

You Ate What? A $260 Chocolate Bar and Other Luxury Foods
July 17, 2015

You Ate What? A $260 Chocolate Bar and Other Luxury Foods

One of the world’s most expensive chocolate bars is grown on a tiny plot of land in Ecuador with beans made from semi-wild cacao trees. The 50-gram (about 1.8 ...

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Upgrading Your Bathroom? Get Spa Luxury, Ease, and Mobility
July 10, 2015

Upgrading Your Bathroom? Get Spa Luxury, Ease, and Mobility

More Americans want the spa experience in home bathrooms—heated towel racks, spacious showers with multiple heads, deep soaking tubs, luxe finishes. But ...

Paying for College: Should You Dip Into Your Roth IRA?
July 8, 2015

Paying for College: Should You Dip Into Your Roth IRA?

As first-semester college kids head off for the ivied walls, parents are digging deep to cover the skyrocketing costs of a degree, and some are looking at ...

High-End Travelers are Jumping Back on Board the Cruise Industry
July 2, 2015

High-End Travelers are Jumping Back on Board the Cruise Industry

The cruise industry—blemished by high-profile accidents and illnesses in recent years—is shipshape for 2015 and quickly getting booked up for 2016, led by ...

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Engendering Social Change: Gender-Lens Investing Helps All
July 1, 2015

Engendering Social Change: Gender-Lens Investing Helps All

Some call it a movement. Others call it an evolution when they describe the call to empower more women with investing and finance—whether it’s the ...

Love Wine? Make Your Own: Consider Investing in a Winery
June 26, 2015

Love Wine? Make Your Own: Consider Investing in a Winery

Love wine? Love investing? You might blend the two by investing in a winery. After all, plenty of people follow the mantra “invest in what you know.” For wine ...

Tax Off-Season: Changing Cost Basis Reporting Requirements
June 24, 2015

Tax Off-Season: Changing Cost Basis Reporting Requirements

Prudent investors shouldn’t limit “tax season.” It’s not just the early-year filing period or the late-year scramble to take advantage of pre-December 31 portfolio moves ...

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Au Revoir, Europe: Strong Dollar Stretches Further Other Places
June 19, 2015

Au Revoir, Europe: Strong Dollar Stretches Further Other Places

A strong dollar is a U.S. traveler’s dream, essentially putting “discount” signs on many foreign summer travel destinations, including Europe. But this summer you ...

Sudden Windfall? Smart Ideas to Help an Inheritance Grow
June 17, 2015

Sudden Windfall? Smart Ideas to Help an Inheritance Grow

Wondering how to invest your inheritance? Coming into a large amount of money might seem like a free pass to quit your job, buy a new car, or take your dream ...

Thinking Outside the Gift Box for Wedding Presents
June 12, 2015

Thinking Outside the Gift Box for Wedding Presents

It used to be that bridal showers and wedding gifts were a way to help a newly married couple set up a household. That’s not so much the case anymore ...

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Yours, Mine, and Ours: Estate Planning for Blended Families
June 10, 2015

Yours, Mine, and Ours: Estate Planning for Blended Families

The number of second marriages in the U.S. has nearly doubled in the last three decades to 42 million adults, according to Pew Research Center. Marriage do-overs ...

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