Nathan Bomey USA TODAY Published 9:53 p.m. UTC Aug 29, 2018 As a bride to be, Mary Thornally was dreading the experience of shopping for a wedding dress and, ultimately, paying an exorbitant price. “My sister and I had planned to go look around at stores, but then the whole thought of it was really daunting to me,” said Thornally, a stay-at-home mom and San Francisco Bay Area resident, feeling "overwhelmed" by the thought of trying on dresses in person and making a decision on the spot. With gowns and alterations averaging $1,509 per bride in 2017, according to wedding site TheKnot.com, Thornally said she needed a “practical” alternative because she is “drowning in student loan debt” and trying to avoid unnecessary expenses. She worked to keep costs down, for instance, by buying her bouquet at Safeway and having her sister serve as photographer. She also decided to buy her wedding dress on the internet, joining a wave of … [Read more...] about Buying wedding dresses online: More brides are leaving physical stores at the altar
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Rally Rd. isn't your typical Manhattan investment firm. Its 15 or so employees slouch in T-shirts and baseball caps in front of their computers. Framed photos of vintage Mercedes-Benz models – oversized for the narrow office – adorn the white walls and hanging gardens are due to arrive shortly in the mail.1993 Jaguar XJ220 – sums that, if purchased in full, would be out of reach for many lay investors."It just wasn't legally and technologically possible to invest in these alternative asset classes previously," says Chief Financial Officer Max Niederste-Ostholt. "We'd all been thinking about it for a long time and thought, when can we get into these asset classes without having a whole warehouse to store cars?"Christopher Bruno, Chief Product Officer Rob Petrozzo and Niederste-Ostholt – who previously worked for Barclays Plc. Bruno came from a family of mechanics and "understood the asset class from the ground … [Read more...] about Can’t Afford a Vintage Ferrari? How About Buying a Share for $80
Hackers can hijack your Facebook or Twitter account and sell it online for as little as £1, a shocking investigation by the Sunday Telegraph has revealed. Accounts that tend to be hijacked either haven’t been active for a while, or have been taken as part of a large data breach. Hackers quickly change the password once they’ve hijacked an account, giving them access to your contacts list as well as personal information, such as phone number, birthday and photos. This could give hackers the perfect opportunity to steal your identity, and trick your friends into thinking you’re still in control of your account. According to experts speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, websites are selling the accounts in bulk. This means that a customer could buy thousands of accounts, and use them to make a post trend on Facebook or Twitter. Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, an unnamed cyber security expert, said: “You can buy 1,000 accounts and connect them all to each other, … [Read more...] about Hackers can hijack your Facebook account and sell it online for £1
GETTING your foot on the property ladder can feel like an impossible task. Nowadays, first time buyers are expected to fork out around £50,000 on a mortgage deposit, so it's no wonder that the average Brit isn't likely to become a homeowner until they're 33. Even though the Chancellor offered a helping hand by scrapping stamp duty first-time buyers, estate agents reckon it's showed little sign of boosting the housing market. Add in spiralling house prices and first-time buyers waiting an average of seven years to save up their deposit, it can all feel a bit glum, particularly if the bank of mum an dad isn't an option. But it is doable and there are ways you can get the financial support you need, you just need to know where to look. From government schemes to part ownership, here's how you can become a home owner. What is Help to Buy? Help To Buy is a government scheme designed to help people get on the property ladder without the need for the large, up-front deposit which puts … [Read more...] about What are Help to Buy and Shared Ownership and are there other government schemes to help you buy your first home?
Spotify is going public. That means anyone can buy a share of the music-streaming company when it lists itself on the New York Stock Echange on 3 April. As well as getting a small (or larger) stake in the firm of your very own, you could also do rather nicely out of it. Ahead of public launch, shares have been given a reference price of $132, with prices of $150 (£107) not seen as unreasonable once it opens to everyone. Traders at IG reckon it will surge on its first day to be worth $29 billion (£20.6 billion) - that's more than Twitter or Snapchat. But there are warnings too, with others pointing out that the price is by no means guaranteed to stay high. Snap shares jumped 44% on their first day of trading - but more than halved in value over the next 5 months and are now 9% lower the they were when first offered. More than four years on, Twitter’s shares are now half as much as they were in the early days of its listing, but up on their first price. But if you bought … [Read more...] about How to buy Spotify shares and what is the price