The Surprising Impact of Your Valentine Chocolate

We know that Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to indulge in any number of ways. For your sweetheart or your own sweet tooth, you’re in good company if you chow down on chocolate. Americans will purchase around 58 million pounds of chocolate in February.

That number represents a lot of calories, but also a lot of jobs—38,794 people are employed by companies that produce chocolate and cocoa.

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

The Case Against Socially Responsible Investing

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As attractive as it sounds, investing with a bleeding heart only leads to a bleeding portfolio. Socially responsible investing costs both you and the causes you care about a lot of money and goodwill. There are better ways to both invest your money and affect positive change in the world.

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Portland, Oregon-based Flannel Guy ROI is a working dude and family man that likes flannel shirts and wants to achieve financial independence a little sooner than most, particularly by making smart spending decisions and living intentionally. 

His overall idea is to look at spending decisions as investments: what decisions will return the most value to you over time? 

Each scenario is evaluated over a 10-year horizon with the following summary statistics:

Present value – what is the total value of your investment and expected returns in today’s dollars?
Return on investment (ROI) – how much of your original investment will you make back?
Payback period – how long will it take you to recoup your original investment?

Learn more at www.flannelguyroi.com

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Heart-shaped box of Valentine chocolate
02/13/2018
We know that Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to indulge in any number of ways. For your sweetheart or your own sweet tooth, you’re in good company if you chow down on chocolate. Americans will... read more
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Heart-shaped box of Valentine chocolate
02/13/2018
We know that Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to indulge in any number of ways. For your sweetheart or your own sweet tooth, you’re in good company if you chow down on chocolate. Americans will... read more
graphic of street signs reading Money and Bank
02/07/2016
Abstract: As attractive as it sounds, investing with a bleeding heart only leads to a bleeding portfolio. Socially responsible investing costs both you and the causes you care about a lot of... read more