Money Examiners Five Steps to Get Out of Debt

 Using the Debt Snowball Effect you should begin seeing small victories first as debts are paid off with the ultimate goal of finally paying off your mortgage.

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Best States for Retiring Baby Boomers

For many retirees, money is going to be tighter than it was during their salad days. These folks need to live in a place where the price of a home or the price of a hot dog is in line with the resources they have.

Of course, cost of living varies even within each state, but here are a couple of tips. Among larger cities, Pittsburgh has a lower cost of living than almost anywhere else. It also has cultural opportunities galore and the highly-rated University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. States with low costs of living across the board include Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

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Microsoft Launches a Version of Linux?

“This OS incorporates a custom Linux kernel that has been optimized for an IoT environment and reworked with security innovations pioneered in Windows to create a highly-secured software environment,” a Microsoft press release states. Azure Sphere is a customized cloud-integrated operating system (OS) for chips that are connected to the IoT.

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Is Barnes & Noble Making Money?

A fascinating conclusion that can be made here is that Barnes & Noble’s business is more stable than is commonly believed. There is a possibility that store closings might plateau and the store might keep operating for a few more years or even decades.

Barnes & Noble’s footprint is shrinking but not as fast as is commonly thought. It operated 640 stores at the end of 2016, and 633 at the end of 2017, Statista reported. That is down from the peak 726 stores in 2008, but hardly the massive die-off most of us would expect.

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Worst States for Retiring Baby Boomers

This state was almost heaven to John Denver; who was born in New Mexico and lived in Colorado, but not for Baby Boomers looking to retire.

West Virginia’s issues are, in many ways, the opposite of Minnesota’s. The cost of living in West Virginia is below the national average. However, the state is in the midst of a budget mess that may hurt the retirement population.

In spite of what you may have heard, coal is never coming back to mainstream prominence. How West Virginia deals with the transformation to a new base product will tell the tale for the next decade. Healthcare numbers for The Mountain State aren’t promising, as well.

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Is Domino’s the Most Overvalued Stock in America?

The low cash flow at Domino’s is a problem because the company is threatened by a variety of competitors, some of which have greater resources.

Domino’s biggest direct competitors these days are not Yum! Brands’ (NYSE: YUM) Pizza Hut but GrubHub (NYSE: GRUB) and UBER EATS. These services are potentially a deadly threat to Domino’s because they can deliver far more than pizza at a competitive price.

GrubHub and UberEats can deliver anything from a fast food burger to a gourmet meal. That threatens Domino’s because there are a now vast number of alternatives to its pizzas that are just as convenient and might sell at a comparable price.

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Meet the 25 Best Auto Insurance Companies in the USA

Amica Mutual. America’s first auto insurer; founded in 1907, is still one of the highest-rated. Amica was to found to provide the best overall customer service of the companies surveyed.

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Hyperloop Test Track under Construction in France

One thing is obvious; Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has found some serious financing.

The most likely source of that money is the French government, another is the aerospace giant Airbus SE (EPA: AIR); or Airbus Group, which is headquartered in Toulouse. Airbus would presumably manufacture the Hyperloop pods which would be similar in construction and design to an airliner.

This might make HTT the most serious and best-financed Hyperloop effort. Those seeking a Hyperloop stock would be well-advised to take a look at Airbus because the company is publicly-traded.

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Is Ripple integrating with Apple Pay?

Widely-used solutions like Apple Pay cannot work with cryptocurrencies because the sheer volume of payments that would generate would crash the altcoin system. Or worse payments might take hours to process, which enrage customers.

It sounds as if Ripple might have partially solved the blockchain scalability problem. One way it may have done is to provide a direct connection with bank accounts. The Ripple Team is planning to roll out Money App, a smartphone tap, designed to connect Ripple and bank accounts in Japan this fall.

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