Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

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1. Finding the Right Bank or Credit Union: What’s Best for You?

[MoneyNing] Have you ever thought about leaving your bank? I have, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. But I’ve often wondered: If I ditch my bank for charging this unfair fee, will I find myself in the same predicament with the next bank? AJ Pettersen breaks down the important criteria he considered during his own search to find the best bank or credit union for himself and his fiancee. The takeaway: Have high standards.

2. Life Is Like Investing in the Stock Market

[Wise Bread] This is an interesting take on life and investing. It begins with a predictable observation: The stock market’s ups and downs mirror those of life. But it goes on to provide some unique points – comparing the S&P 500 to the value of a community, for instance. I won’t steal any more of writer Darren Wu’s thunder. Take a look yourself and read the witty details.

3. How to Handle a Financial Windfall

[My Dollar Plan] Someday, you might receive a big tax refund, or hit the lottery. And even if you never do, it’s still fun to think about what you’d do with a ton of unexpected cash. Read on to learn some advice, should you find yourselfin a bind. Some pointers: Enlist help – whether it’s a financial adviser or a lawyer – and stay active.

4. 3 Steps to Savings Success

[DailyWorth] Just like their Money Talks friends, DailyWorth readers are also trying to save $500 before the holidays. Their three tips for savings success: Decide on a plan, set up a dedicated account, and review step 1. Sounds easy enough. But want to know what would make things even easier? Winning DailyWorth’s $500 giveaway. (Just remember where you heard about it when you’re considering ways to share.)

5. How to Be a Charismatic Leader – 3 Key Components

[Money Crashers] Are you a natural leader? If you are, good for you. But if you’re not, you still have a fighting chance. According to Michael Lewis’ article, scientists have recently been studying charisma, and as it turns out, practicing certain skills can automatically boost your chances of becoming influential. In a nutshell, believe in yourself, be sensitive to others, and express your thoughts with clarity and emotions.

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