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Sun, 02 Dec 2018 11:00:36 GMT

Seth Frotman, formerly of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, hopes new organization can succeed where officials failed

A former federal student loan watchdog who loudly quit his job this year has announced a new initiative to help solve the $1.5tn student debt crisis.

Seth Frotman, the former student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will lead the Student Borrower Protection Center, which also will employ several of Frotman’s former colleagues at the federal bureau. The center will try to tackle some of the protections the bureau handled under past administrations, but which have largely been ignored since Donald Trump took office.

It was clear to me that something needed to be done

Related: $1.5tn in debt: student loan crisis shatters a generation's American dream

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Sun, 02 Dec 2018 11:00:32 GMT

They’ve allegedly killed marriage and homeownership. But the Fed says a ‘historically weak’ labor market could be to blame

If you’ve paid attention to the headlines recently, you will no doubt be aware of one of the most frightening and destructive forces ever to wreak havoc across the planet: millennials.

They kill everything they touch, from bar soap to casual restaurants, the Olympics, marriage, sex and homeownership.

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Related: Can millennials save unions in America?

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Sat, 27 Oct 2018 13:00:21 GMT

Much has been written on whether women should cut down on exclamation marks in the office. Sorry, but the answer is no!

Nikki Waller, a Wall Street Journal editor recently did something extremely brave and incredibly difficult. She went a month – an entire month! – without using exclamation marks in email. The point of this sadomasochistic experiment was to investigate why the perky punctuation mark has become such a ubiquitous part of office communication and why so many people, particularly women, are self-conscious about their exclamation mark habit.

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Tue, 23 Oct 2018 10:00:16 GMT

An innovative Rust Belt school district prepares students for industrial jobs – but also competition from robots

The high school students clustered around a 4ft-tall red robot with long arms and cartoonish eyes. A so-called collaborative robot, programmed to work with humans at the Prent Corporation, a packaging company, it looked cute, not intimidating.

But on this “Manufacturing Day”, which in the last few years has given local high schoolers the chance to don safety goggles and step inside factory walls, the robot delivered a not-so-subtle reminder that their teachers have tried to drill into them: the unskilled jobs that paid earlier generations so well are dwindling, gone offshore and to robots like this one.

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Tell us: have you retired early? What are the realities?

If you have taken steps to retire early or left the workforce earlier than usual we would like to hear from you

Early retirement is a dream for workers but for many people it remains just that – a dream.

Related: At least 1,000 women protest at changes to UK pension age

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