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Wages stink at America's most common jobs

Wages stink at America's most common jobs

America's most common jobs come with lousy pay.

Workers in seven of the 10 largest occupations typically earn less than $30,000 a year, according to new data published Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's a far cry from the nation's average annual pay of $45,790.

Food prep workers are the third most-common job in the U.S., but have the lowest pay, at a mere $18,720 a year for 2012. Cashiers and waiters are also popular professions, but the average pay at these jobs tallies up to less than $21,000 annually. There are 4.3 million retail sales workers out there, making them the most common job, but the position pays only $25,310 for the year.

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  • Written by Tami Luhby/CNNMoney

Property ownership: What’s the best form for me?

Property ownership: What’s the best form for me?

In planning your estate, it is customary to consider wills and trusts (as well as intestacy) as a means of property distribution. As a matter of fact, the manner in which you hold title to your assets may supersede provisions contained in other transfer documents. Likewise, significant tax benefits can be gained (or lost) depending on the characterization of your property.

Let's take a look at the general classifications of ownership.

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Byrd helps Ronald McDonald House maintain business-with-heart course

Byrd helps Ronald McDonald House maintain business-with-heart course

Throughout Women's History Month, we have recognized women who are making an impact in their industries. We close out our month-long salute with a conversation with Caron Byrd, who is making a difference in the community through a great cause, Ronald McDonald House.

Frequently when we talk about business, we are referring to "for profit" entities. The same knowledge and skill sets are required to effectively run a non-profit. As the executive director of Ronald McDonald House, Byrd directs one of the most successful non-profits in the area.

Carlee McCullough: Tell us about yourself.

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Using Your Inner Hustler to Turn Passion to Profit

Using Your Inner Hustler to Turn Passion to Profit

 

Just as with Black history month, the concept of solidarity among members of a race, class or gender is based on shared conditions, experiences and concerns. Following the Michigan Chronicle’s recent recognition of Women of Excellence and now at the conclusion of Women’s history month, an examination of the sisterhood of women is more than a

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  • Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director

Making distribution decisions in retirement

Making distribution decisions in retirement

More than one-third of retirees lack confidence that they will have enough money to live comfortably throughout their retirement years. Committing to a savings strategy during your working career could go a long way to help alleviate this concern, but it's also important to make sound decisions when withdrawing assets from the portfolio you worked so hard to accumulate.

The 4 percent solution

One common approach has been to withdraw 4 percent of your portfolio in the first year of retirement, with inflation-adjusted amounts in subsequent years. The so-called "4 percent rule" was developed in the 1990s using historical market research, and it was based on a 30-year retirement with savings in a tax-deferred account and nothing left for heirs.

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For Katrina survivor, success after loss is a lesson learned

For Katrina survivor, success after loss is a lesson learned

As a survivor of Hurricane Katrina, Andria Lewis has shown that with hard work and dedication you can do more than exist – you can truly rebuild and win. From corporate functions to elaborate weddings, Lewis makes sure that she places her creative signature touch of vibrant colors and original flair all over the event. Featured in Essence and Ebony, Lewis demonstrates to others how it should be done.

Carlee McCullough: What are you most proud of in your business?

Andria Lewis: That I have built my company after literally losing everything I owned in Hurricane Katrina. I didn't have a car, I barely had clothes and I had no place to live. I lived with family for two months after moving to Memphis. I am most proud that I survived a significantly emotional battle.

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McDonald’s to launch egg-white McMuffin

McDonald’s to launch egg-white McMuffin

In a bid to reach health-conscious consumers, the iconic fast food franchise McDonald's is going to try and bolster its faltering sales with a lean, new egg-white sandwich.

McDonald's will release the Egg White Delight, an egg white version of the Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich, nationwide on April 22, said company spokeswoman Danya Proud.

The new sandwich, which contains bacon and white cheddar on a whole grain English muffin, totals 250 calories, according to Proud. That's compared to the classic Egg McMuffin, which has 300 calories. She added that egg whites will also be offered on the other breakfast sandwiches sold at McDonald's.

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  • Written by Aaron Smith/CNNMoney

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