Economy

As Financial Markets Around the World Fall, Let your Soul Soar!

Written by on August 24, 2015 in Economy with 3 Comments
As Financial Markets Around the World Fall, Let your Soul Soar!

A unique and optimistic perspective from Openhand reveals that change is good. Our self-inflicted financial crisis has been occurring for awhile now and it’s time NOW to shift energy around and commit to inward reflection.

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Black Monday: Wall Street Plummets 1000 Points at Opening Bell!

Posted by on August 24, 2015 in Economy with 0 Comments
Black Monday: Wall Street Plummets 1000 Points at Opening Bell!

Black Monday: At the opening bell on Wall Street the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted as much as 1,000 points in the first minutes of trading. The collapse in the US markets was triggered by China where a brutal sell-off saw indexes down 8.5 percent on Monday. Beijing’s failure created a domino effect dragging down markets around the world. Is this the beginning of the global financial collapse many analysts have been predicting for months? Please share this post and your thoughts.

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The 40-Hour Work Week is Not Just Bad for You, But Also Bad for Business

Posted by on August 20, 2015 in Economy with 9 Comments
The 40-Hour Work Week is Not Just Bad for You, But Also Bad for Business

The simple answer to this conundrum of purpose is to work fewer hours.

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Americans Are Now Spending a Shocking Amount On Rent

Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Economy with 0 Comments
Americans Are Now Spending a Shocking Amount On Rent

It’s the worst time in 36 years to be a renter in America.

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ELEVATE Puts A Solar Powered, Green Walled, Rainwater Collecting Tiny House On A Pedestal

Posted by on August 6, 2015 in Economy, Tiny Homes & Frugal Living with 4 Comments
ELEVATE Puts A Solar Powered, Green Walled, Rainwater Collecting Tiny House On A Pedestal

There are a lot of advantages to a tiny house being built on stilts like this: the air up there is cooler and there are fewer crawly things; It frees the ground plane for storage of cars and provides shade; it’s useful in floods. When you put a 400 square foot box on a 40 square foot stick, you have to design the foundation really well to keep it from falling over, particularly in the wind. It has to go deeper and have a lot more material. It also takes a lot more structure to cantilever the box out over the stick than a conventional building would need.

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The Pequod is a Whimsical, Family Size Tiny Home You Must See

Posted by on July 31, 2015 in Economy, Tiny Homes & Frugal Living with 0 Comments
The Pequod is a Whimsical, Family Size Tiny Home You Must See

Durango, Colorado based designer and tiny home builder Greg Parham of Rocky Mountain Homes built this family-sized tiny house that is surprisingly convincing as real family home, featuring two lofted bedrooms connected by a plexiglass catwalk.

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Debt Slaves: 7 Out Of 10 Americans Believe That Debt ”Is A Necessity In Their Lives”

Posted by on July 31, 2015 in Economy with 0 Comments
Debt Slaves: 7 Out Of 10 Americans Believe That Debt ”Is A Necessity In Their Lives”

Most of us like to think that “someday” we will get out of the hole and quit being debt slaves, but very few of us ever actually accomplish this. That is because the entire system is designed to trap us in debt before we even get out into the “real world” and keep us in debt until we die. Sadly, most Americans don’t even realize what is being done to them.

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Retired Couple Lives Merrily Off-Grid in a Tiny Float Cabin (Video)

Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Economy, Tiny Homes & Frugal Living with 0 Comments
Retired Couple Lives Merrily Off-Grid in a Tiny Float Cabin (Video)

Los Angeles expats of a certain age Margy and Wayne Lutz took a decidedly unique route when selecting where exactly to hunker down after taking an early retirement from their careers in education.

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What is Grace?

What is Grace?

Back in the 1990’s, I discovered that there were teens on the streets of my town who didn’t have a legal place to sleep. There was no youth shelter, and no long term housing for young people under 18 who were away from their parents and not part of foster care. In many states, including California, women’s shelters didn’t allow boys over 16, so often abused and homeless women would have to choose between shelter for themselves and younger children and caring for their teen boys. I didn’t feel comfortable living in a community where there wasn’t a legal place for a child to be if they wanted to be, so I decided to work to create a program that could provide the missing services.

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The Criminalization of Poverty

Posted by on July 25, 2015 in Economy with 0 Comments
The Criminalization of Poverty

Here’s a roundup of stories and studies on a theme we’ve been covering here at The Watch, the criminalization of poverty. Houston police arrested a single mother last week for “abandoning” her six-year-old and two-year-old in a food court while she went to a job interview. She says she couldn’t afford to hire childcare, and that the children were only 30 feet away, and never out of her sight.

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Brilliant Off-Grid 161 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home Built For Less than $14K (Video)

Posted by on July 24, 2015 in Tiny Homes & Frugal Living with 1 Comment
Brilliant Off-Grid 161 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home Built For Less than $14K (Video)

Living Big In A Tiny House host Bryce Langston and tiny home owner Brett Sutherland take us inside Brett’s amazing little 15 square metre (161 square feet) jewel, which Brett designed and built himself. Packed with unique, space saving design elements, Brett has created a fantastic space to both live and work.

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Artist Couple Builds Beautiful Mountain Cabin Out of Recycled Material for Only $500

Written by on July 18, 2015 in Economy, Tiny Homes & Frugal Living with 4 Comments
Artist Couple Builds Beautiful Mountain Cabin Out of Recycled Material for Only $500

How did they build the cabin so cheaply? Well, it helps that the property was owned by Olson’s family, so they got a great deal on that. Additionally, the dwelling has no plumbing or electricity, and almost all of the building materials are repurposed.

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Student Builds Lovely Tiny Home For $20,000 to Reduce His School Debt

Posted by on July 16, 2015 in Economy, Tiny Homes & Frugal Living with 0 Comments
Student Builds Lovely Tiny Home For $20,000 to Reduce His School Debt

University of Texas design student, Joel Webber had a desire many college students have — to reduce the debt of his college years. But unlike many of us, he used that desire to motivate him to create a beautiful 145 tiny home. Rather than spend $800/month for housing, Webber invested $20,000 into his own tiny house. It’s very cleverly designed — the steps up to his loft double as storage cubbies — which means it feels much bigger than 145 feet (which is on the smaller side for a tiny house).

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Why Right Now Is the Best Time to Start Your Business

Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Economy with 0 Comments
Why Right Now Is the Best Time to Start Your Business

According to HubSpot CEO and business advisor Brian Halligan, “it’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur.” In this episode of ‘Behind the Brand,’ Halligan tells hosts Bryan Elliott why now is the time for small business owners to strike out on their own, and offers tips on how to make the most of your marketing efforts.

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Troika Says Greek Proposal Not Enough To Meet Targets, Serves As “Basis For Negotiations”

Posted by on July 11, 2015 in Economy with 0 Comments
Troika Says Greek Proposal Not Enough To Meet Targets, Serves As “Basis For Negotiations”

According to Reuters, the Troika told Eurozone governments that proposals from Greece for a bailout loan are a basis for negotiation, an EU official said on Saturday. “The three institutions have made a first joint assessment of the Greek reform proposals submitted Thursday night. Under certain conditions, they jointly see the proposals as a basis for negotiating an ESM program. This assessment was sent to the Eurogroup president last night,” the official said.

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