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Think twice before choosing any employee benefit plans and perks

Think twice before choosing any employee benefit plans and perks

Finance
Just because your company offers you a brand-new employee benefit, doesn't mean that you have to take it. October kicks off the beginning of benefits enrollment season for many employees, as they sign up for next year's health care plan and life insurance coverage. But the list of potential perks — known as voluntary and fringe benefits — goes beyond the core suite of life and health insurance coverage and 401(k) plans. A June survey by the National Business Group on Health found that about 9 out of 10 large employers offered accidental de...
Think petrol is the only thing hurting? 3 reasons why June will be rough for you

Think petrol is the only thing hurting? 3 reasons why June will be rough for you

Finance
Come June, and consumers are going to be hit by a volley of price hikes. Steep hike in fuel prices does not burn a hole in the pockets of only those who buy fuel. Every consumer is impacted by a hike in fuel price because fuel is what the economy runs on. Steep fuel prices and many other factors such as the closure of Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin will disappoint consumers from next month as prices of many consumer goods are going to rise. White goods Price of air-conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines and microwave ovens are set to get dearer by 2-5% from next month due to increase in crude oil prices, depreciation of the rupee and rates of key raw material steel and copper hardening up, according to industry executives. The net increase will be in the range of Rs 400 to over...
This Popular Breakfast Dish Might Not Be as Healthy as You Think

This Popular Breakfast Dish Might Not Be as Healthy as You Think

Health
I guess it's back to the overnight oats. When juice shops started whipping up fresh, antioxidant-packed açaí bowls a few years ago, everyone freaked out. In addition to being delicious, the gorgeous, painstakingly styled bowls were topped with granola and fruit and claimed a long list of health benefits. Before long, the Brazilian superfood dish was dominating our Instagram feeds. And we get it: Who wouldn't want to chow down on something that looks and tastes like ice cream, but is actually healthy for you?While these bowls do tend to be high in antioxidants and fiber—making them an undeniably better breakfast choice than, say, a donut or chocolate croissant—let's talk about the sugar levels. A quick lo
Facebook asks users if they think it's 'good for the world'

Facebook asks users if they think it's 'good for the world'

Technology
Facebook is asking users whether they think it's "good for the world" in a poll sent to an unspecified number of people. The poll appears under the heading, "We'd like to do better," when users log in. Possible responses range from "strongly agree" to "strongly disagree." The company has been grappling with a privacy scandal and other troubles . But Facebook says this survey began well before that; versions date back to 2012. The company regularly polls users on other aspects of its service, too. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he wants to ensure that Facebook is a force for good. Whether it is hasn't been clear amid revelations of bad actors using Facebook to influence elections, spread hatred and pilfer user information.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: Technology
Tell us what you think: What's most likely to derail the market?

Tell us what you think: What's most likely to derail the market?

Finance
China on Monday announced it was imposing new tariffs on 128 U.S. products, firing the latest salvo in its ongoing back-and-forth over trade with the U.S.Those goods matched a list of U.S. imports Beijing proposed last month in response to U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs.While the move is noteworthy, the import value of those goods stood at just $ 3 billion in 2017, compared to a total of $ 130.4 billion worth of U.S. goods exported to China last year, according to government data. Trade-related fears roiled global stock markets last month as investors worried that rising trade tensions could potentially result in a trade war that would dent economic growth and hurt corporate profits. The recent sell-off in tech stocks stateside was also fresh in the minds of investors, although the sharp ...