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  • How to Date a Wall Street Man

    By Samantha Daniels, guest contributor for
    Professional Matchmaker and Dating Expert, Founder and President of Samantha's Table Matchmaking

    How to Date a Wall Street ManHow to Date a Wall Street ManAs a professional matchmaker with an office in New York City, many of my clients are very successful, high profile Wall Street men.

    I have spent the better part of 12 years learning all of their habits, their likes and dislikes when it comes to dating, women and relationships and what they want specifically from me, when I am matching them with women.

    Hence, I know, better than anyone, what makes Wall Street men tick.

    Here are a few tips for the women out there who are dating or would like to be dating a man on Wall Street:

    1. Be prepared to charm him out of talking about work when he first arrives to the date. Unfortunately, a lot of guys on Wall Street have a hard time leaving work at the office; it's your job to get his mind on you and off the S & P.

    2. Learn a little something about the financial markets and notice if something huge

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  • The Real Cost of Overtime is Higher Than You Think

    By Jennifer Leigh Parker,

    More Americans are at work, according to the latest jobs report, but they're spending more to be there.
    Be it grocery shopping, housekeeping, or the hunt for shoes, full-time workers are willing to spend more on outsourcing errands, so they can work longer.

    Cost of OvertimeCost of OvertimeAccording to the International Concierge and Lifestyle Management Association (ICLMA), spending on personal assistant or errand services is no longer reserved for the uber-wealthy - it's gone mainstream.

    "Everybody is trying to squeeze 36 hours into a 24-hour day. Bottom line, technology is not helping, because you can take your office with you. So, we work all the time, and give our to-do lists to someone else," said Katharine C. Giovanni, president of Triangle Concierge.

    Technology isn't the only factor encouraging workaholics. Post-recession cutbacks have put pressure on those working to stay that extra hour, or more.

    "Layoffs happen in our office. I get there early, and send out emails so

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  • How to Invest in High Fashion

    By James Longman,

    Balance sheets and profit margins are not the first things that come to mind in the glamorous world of high fashion. In an industry where many of the great fashion houses sacrifice profits for prestige, it can be difficult for anyone interested in investing in fashion to make the right decisions.

    Diane von FurstenbergDiane von FurstenbergBut vintage fashion investment is an increasingly lucrative area, and with substantial public demand for luxury clothes, fashion retail businesses have also seen impressive returns-so is there still room to get money for old rope?

    William Banks-Blaney, owner of William Vintage in London, shared his tips with CNBC on where to begin in the world of classic couture: "If I was going to start investing in fashion, the key things I would start with would be works by the great masters.
    "Ossie Clark for British design, Dior for French design, Norman Hartnell again for British design. These are pieces by iconic designers that have a worldwide appeal and audience."


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  • "Mad Men's" Bryan Batt's Backup Plan: Retail

    By Scott Huver,

    Even before Bryan Batt hit it big with his portrayal of art director Sal Romano in the AMC hit series "Mad Men," he'd already learned the lesson Sal experienced the hard way: Have a backup plan.

    Actor Bryan Batt, best known for his role as Sal Romano on 'Mad Men'.Actor Bryan Batt, best known for his role as Sal Romano on 'Mad Men'.Knowing that the fortunes of an actor are anything but reliable, Batt had already established a rewarding side career. In 2003, four years before "Mad Men," he and partner Tom Cianfichi opened Hazelnut, a home accessories and gift store, on New Orleans' Madison Street.

    "It's something that I always wanted to do," Batt says of his penchant for interior design. The 49-year-old actor was born and raised in the Big Easy and perfected his home decorating skills by helping out friends while making the film, television and theater casting rounds as a young actor in New York.

    "I always wanted to be an actor, but I always loved design, and growing up in New Orleans there was such great style, great architecture," he says. "I would decorate my little apartment in New York over

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  • How to Save an Unproductive Work Day

    By Cindy Perman,

    We've all had those days: A failure to launch. Hit a wall. Too many interruptions. Got distracted. Whatever the reason, an unproductive day is maddening.

    We've all had those daysWe've all had those days"People get caught up in the tyranny of urgent," explained Michael Crom, the chief learning officer at the Dale Carnegie Institute, a corporate training organization. "Texting. People popping into our office. Phone ringing … cellphone ringing … personal stuff … it can all lead to some pretty bad work habits."

    That's right, like your overflowing inbox, or easy-to-steal password, the first step of an unproductive day is to admit that you - and your work habits - are a big part of the problem.

    First question: Do you make a to-do list every day?

    Next question: What do you do first?

    "The tendency is to do the things I like to do first," Crom explained. "We all have time to jump on Facebook!" he quipped.

    If you just start ticking off the things you like to do, instead of the important ones, guess what

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  • Jason Wu Targets New Customers

    By Courtney Reagan,

    Sunday is a big day in America.

    Sure, it's Super Bowl Sunday - but for non-sports lovers, the Jason Wu collection launches in Target stores and online.

    Designer Jason Wu attends the Jason Wu For Target launch at Skylight SOHO.Designer Jason Wu attends the Jason Wu For Target launch at Skylight SOHO.Wu first earned fame for dressing First Lady Michelle Obama at the inaugural gala. Now he's teamed up with Target to offer an affordable line to dress the masses. The 53-piece collection is inspired by Wu's love of French new-age film. The collection includes apparel, handbags and scarves ranging in price from $19.99 to $59.99.

    When CNBC asked the designer why he chose to work with Target for the collection, he said that he has always been a fan of what Target does.

    "They are not just known for really great designer partnerships," Wu said. "They are really fashion design partnerships, they are known for great designs period. They are the originators of this designer collaboration - whether it be Missoni or me...It's a wide range of creative people. It felt like they were the people who would be able to

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  • 12 Unique Dating Sites

    By Michelle Fox,

    There's someone for everyone...

    As the saying goes, there's someone for everyone. Thanks to the Internet, love can be found at first click. But if the scope of general dating sites is overwhelming, don't fear. There's now an easy way to narrow the playing field, thanks to hundreds of niche dating websites that cater to almost any specialty imaginable.There are sites for practically every religion and ethnicity, and even sites for redheads and men with mustaches. But what if you're interested in someone who loves cats, is a Star Trekker or uses a Mac? Well, you're in luck. Click ahead to see 12 unique dating sites that may help you or someone you know find that special someone - in time for Valentine's Day, or any other day.

    See the slideshow: 12 Unique Dating Sites

    Meet an Apple fanboy or girl.Meet an Apple fanboy or

    For those who love their Mac and would never consider dating someone who uses a PC, they can meet an Apple fanboy or girl on founders of the site claim that Mac

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  • Apparel Retailers' High Voltage Bet on Neon

    By Stephanie Landsman,

    Saks Fifth Avenue is selling these super skinny jeans by AG Adriano Goldschmied in a fluorescent yellow.Saks Fifth Avenue is selling these super skinny jeans by AG Adriano Goldschmied in a fluorescent yellow.Electric blue jeans. Hot pink shoes. Lime green skivvies. Wear it like it's 1985. These are the colors the fashion industry wants you to add into your wardrobe this spring.

    Retailers are rolling out an electrified color pallet hoping it'll add cheer to the racks and suggest a brighter outlook for a dull economy.

    Retailers are trying to make the new normal of slow economic growth feel better, according to Eric Beder, a retail analyst at Brean, Murray, Carret & Co. So, it's in with the 1980's-inspired fluorescent colors and out with the greys, blacks and neutrals.

    "These are the most aggressive colors we've seen in 15 years without a doubt in both men's and women's apparel," said Beder. "If it is successful, the retail segment will have a very good year. It's a radical change."

    Both high-end and low-end retailers are hoping the trend adds sparkle to the bottom line.
    Target is selling neon duffle bags and watches. Saks Fifth Avenue is showcasing

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  • Why Even 20-Somethings Are Worried About Retirement

    Jennifer Leigh Parker,

    Getting a car, finding a date, and starting a career are common concerns for your average twenty-something.

    But today's 20 year olds, often called Generation Y or the Millennials, are also busy thinking about retirement.

    Young American workers are not expecting Social Security or traditional corporate pensions to provide for their retirement. Their parents' lack of retirement readiness is also increasing their awareness, and acting as a wake-up call.

    "My dad would love to retire at 65, but he's putting it off because of the swings in the aviation business. I'm concerned," said JoAnne Farrell, a 29-year-old web manager at a design firm in San Francisco.

    Retirement readiness is decreasing with time. According to a new study by State Street Global Advisors, 2012 is the first year that assets invested in pension plans top those invested in 401(k) retirement savings plans. At the same time, the study finds that Generation X, or people in their late 30s

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  • Fighting Middle Age? Try a Triathlon

    By Heesun Wee,

    It took John Korff seven years to bring an Ironman triathlon to New York; it took nine minutes for the 3,000 race slots to sell out.

    Luke Bell, leads triathletes exiting the water after the 2.4 mile swim portion of the Ford Ironman World Championship on Oct. 8, 2011 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.Luke Bell, leads triathletes exiting the water after the 2.4 mile swim portion of the Ford Ironman World Championship on Oct. 8, 2011 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.Korff, a sporting events producer who runs 100-mile races and the Empire State Building stairs for kicks, had been wrangling and wooing city officials to host the event, a 140.6-mile endurance sport, which includes swimming and biking - and a 26.2-mile marathon tacked on the end.

    "I felt like a business therapist saying why they should do this," says Korff, owner of Korff Enterprises.

    Fortysomethings and Older

    Triathlons often exist in the shadow of marathons, the endurance-sport behemoth. But in recent years, more amateur athletes - especially those ages 35 and older - have discovered the sport as a social outlet, and a way to recapture their youth and fitness. The average triathlete is 38 years old, according to USA Triathlon, the sports governing body.

    "These individuals are saying to themselves, 'I can still do the same

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