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Think you own your frequent-flier miles? Think again
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You "earn" your frequent-flier miles through travel or spending. They are held in "your" account; you think of them as cash in a bank account. You spend them as you see fit. They are your asset, and airlines record your future award travel as a liability on their books. And yet, many airlines write into the terms and conditions of their frequent-flier programs that the miles are actually owned by the airline, not the consumer. More

Generous small business tax deduction is shrinking
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two generous tax breaks that small business owners got during the recession are going to shrink dramatically in 2012. That makes year-end tax planning more important than usual. The changes affect the deductions for purchases of equipment. More

Retirement plan providers try new 401(k) ideas
The Associated Press via Richmond Times-Dispatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Several 401(k) providers are rolling out new bells and whistles. Some of the changes are driven by the realization that many workers haven't saved enough to get them through retirement. In addition, this summer's market volatility amid concerns of a global economic crisis has reduced account balances yet again, prompting many to pull their money out of the market. More

Sandpaper: The secret tool of change
Management-Issues    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We seem to be inundated with information about change and why it is so difficult to achieve, even when our brains are supposed to be "plastic." So why is it so challenging to make lasting changes? Here's one perspective. See how it works for you. More

Mobile growth driving out unlimited data
IDG News via PCWorld    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
All-you-can-eat data ran up against booming demand as Sprint Nextel became the last big U.S. carrier to end unlimited mobile broadband plans. But those unlimited plans may come back — some day. It was inevitable that unlimited data would fall by the wayside as the popularity of mobile data exploded over the past few years, industry analysts say. More

Using Excel for business: 10 productivity tips
American Express Open Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Most business owners use only a small percentage of Microsoft Excel for business analysis. In addition, most never progress past the elementary level because they keep doing things the same way instead of learning new functions. It is time that all changed. More

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