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Jürgen Kloppstein 16, Sep 4 mins
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Where will you go next? Australia? Peru? India? Antigonish?

My Instagram feed was inundated with big smiles, breathtaking views, and pinkies up. It was impossible to avoid. What was this? How were these folks on trips of a lifetime, visiting destinations that once seemed impossible? It is possible, but how?

Enter Jared Rosenberg: scholar, traveler, social media savant, and Pinkypreneur™. The traveling world needed a man with vision, virility, and a willingness to put the archaic ways of other travel agents behind. Alas, Jared Rosenberg, chief executive and founder of Pinky Up Travel, is turning the travel world upside down. Like the immaculate conception, no one really knows how Pinky Up Travel came to be. Just that it is here to stay. If you ask the man some call the “Emperor of Travel,” he may say the epiphany came to him whilst sailing near the Gold Coast of Australia, or perhaps deep in the jungles of Borneo.

Regardless of the context surrounding the genesis of Mr. Rosenberg’s travel movement, the mission remains consistent: affordability, sustainability, and respect for indigenous populations. Through his travels to over 100 countries, he has become an expert in the industry.

His number one priority has always been providing his clientele the best experience at the best price (the company slogan is “Save Money Travel Better,” after all). What sets Mr. Rosenberg apart is the personal relationships he has cultivated across the globe, which provide his clients with unparalleled prices and experiences. He works around the clock to maintain relationships that transcend international borders, space, and time. Like the Tesla of travel agents, Pinky Up Travel clients obtain deals straight from the source. In fact,…

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Many cities and regions still struggle to meet air quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Air pollution negatively impacts the U.S. economy, costing the U.S. roughly 5% of its yearly gross domestic product (GDP) in damages ($790 billion in 2014). The highest costs come from early deaths, attributable to exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5).

However, damages from air pollution in the U.S. are sharply falling, as levels of outdoor air pollutants have decreased in recent years, according to recent research from the Center for Air Quality, Climate, and Energy Solutions (CACES) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The study, published in this week’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that external damages from air pollution have fallen 20% recently over just a 6-year span (2008 to 2014).

“It is a really a sharp decline,” says Nick Muller, joint professor Engineering & Public Policy (EPP) and Economics (Tepper School of Business) at CMU.

While some PM2.5 in the atmosphere is the result of natural processes, such as forest fires or windblown dust, the majority of the damages from PM2.5 are related to human activities, most of which can be attributed to different sectors of the economy (e.g. manufacturing, agriculture, etc.). Combining damages with more traditional measures of economic production, such as GDP or…

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Businesses are holding firm on their payrolls despite the slowing economy. Hiring has moderated, but layoffs remain low

Private sector employment increased by 195,000 jobs from July to August according to the August ADP National Employment Report®. Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP National Employment Report is produced by the ADP Research Institute® in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The report, which is derived from ADP’s actual payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

“In August we saw a rebound in private-sector employment,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute. “This is the first time in the last 12 months that we have seen balanced job growth across small, medium and large-sized companies.”

Mark Zandi, the chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “Businesses are holding firm on their payrolls despite the slowing economy. Hiring has moderated, but layoffs remain low. As long as this continues recession will remain at bay.”

The matched sample used to develop the ADP National Employment Report was derived from ADP payroll data, which represents 411,000 U.S. clients employing nearly 24 million workers in the U.S. The July total of jobs added was revised down from 156,000 to 142,000.

Total U.S. Nonfarm Private Employment:     195,000

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US Economy Continues Decent Growth Pace
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Thomson Reuters and Blackstone in Discussions with London Stock Exchange Group Regarding the Refinitiv Business
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Thomson Reuters (TSX/NYSE: TRI) confirms that it and private equity funds affiliated with Blackstone are in discussions related to a possible acquisition of Refinitiv by the London Stock Exchange Group plc (LSEG) for a total enterprise value of approximately US$27 billion. New LSEG shares are contemplated to be issued…

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The Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch shows small business job growth fell 0.17 percent last month; Weekly hours worked growth increased
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The Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch shows job growth declined again in August while wage growth stabilized. At 98.01, the national jobs index fell 0.17 percent from last month and 0.76 percent over the past quarter, contributing to a 1.22 percent year-over-year drop in the rate of small business job growth. Hourly earnings growth settled at 2.61 percent ($0.69) in August, and weekly hours worked showed positive growth for the first time in 2019.

“The jobs index has fallen since early 2017. In 2019, we’ve seen a continuation of that slowdown,” said James Diffley, chief regional economist at IHS Markit.

“Small businesses are adapting to the challenges of the tight labor market by increasing hours and earnings,” said Martin Mucci, Paychex president and CEO. “In August, we saw an increase in weekly hours worked, as well as higher hourly earnings growth compared to this time last year.”

Broken down further, the August report showed:

  • Segmenting hourly earnings growth results by employee type shows employees at 2.75 percent, while owners are much lower at 0.86 percent.
  • The South remains first among regions in employment growth; the West leads regions in hourly earnings growth.
  • Tennessee is now the top state for small business job growth; Illinois remains the top state for wage growth.
  • Dallas is again the top metro for job growth; San Diego maintains its lead among metros in wage growth.
  • Stable at 4.54 percent in August, Leisure and Hospitality leads industries in hourly earnings growth.

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Today, the non-profit American Public Education Foundation released the first-ever national report card on K-12 state-mandated personal financial education in all 50 states and the District of Columbia: Vision 2020 Financial Literacy Report Card, 2019-2020. The 50-state review points to a nation in crisis with regard to our schools’ failure to prepare and educate K-12 students in personal finance and decision-making.

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The APEF statewide analysis team was led by David A. Pickler, J.D., CFP®, ChFC®, CDFA®, an award-winning wealth advisor and education leader and one of Financial Times’ 400 Top Advisors. Pickler also served as the past president of the National School Boards Association and has been an education leader for more than 30 years.

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