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Mix it up at work

Eating lunch at your desk may be efficient, but it could also be bad for your career. I suggest scheduling at least one lunch a week with someone outside your work group. You’ll be better at your job and position yourself as a top candidate for future opportunities.

Beware the rate rise

The Federal Reserve may start hiking interest rates soon, which could hammer the “safe” bond portion of 401(k)s and other investment portfolios. One defensive maneuver is to own the BlackRock Strategic Income Opportunities Fund (BASIX), whose manager searches for investments that can survive rate hikes.