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Kevin O’Leary: Don’t buy a car, do this instead

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Thinking about purchasing a new set of wheels? Pump the brakes, advises personal finance expert and star of ABC’s “Shark Tank” Kevin O’Leary. It could take a major toll on your finances.

“You’re thinking about buying a car. Let me give you a new idea: Don’t,” O’Leary tells CNBC Make It.

“Cars cost a fortune in maintenance and insurance and just the amortization, which means as they go down in value, you’re losing money,” O’Leary explains. “Let’s say I pay $25,000 for it. Two years later, it might be worth only 12 [thousand dollars].”

Don’t lease one either, says O’Leary.

Take public transportation if you can or do what O’Leary did.

“When my lease came up just a year ago on a Mercedes Diesel, a beautiful SUV that was 2 years old and I’d hardly ever driven because I used so many shared ride services, the dealer called me up and said, ‘Kevin, your lease is coming up. I’ve got a brand new car you’re going to love,'” O’Leary recalls. “And I said ‘I’m going to pass; I’m going to drive this puppy back to you, and wave goodbye to it.’ And now, I don’t own it anymore.
“I use my phone to call Uber or Lyft and they take me around the city. I save a fortune. I feel good about it,” O’Leary says. “I hate cars.”

O’Leary suggests others who need to drive do the same, even if you have a daily commute to work or school.

“Even if you use a car every day to get to work, it’s still cheaper to use a shared ride service, because you can choose the level of luxury you want. You can share the ride with somebody else,” O’Leary says, referring to services like UberPool and Lyft Line. “I know people that go miles for only eight bucks. They’re taking advantage of a system that’s actually democratizing the cost transportation. Why aren’t you?”

While O’Leary has anecdotal evidence, a 2017 analysis from personal finance website Nerdwallet did the math on commuting daily. It found that in a number of places, Uber could actually be a cheaper option as opposed to driving your own vehicle: Out of 20 metro areas, Uber is the cheaper option in Chicago, Illiniois; Detroit, Michigan; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; New York City; San Diego, California; Washington, D.C.; and San Francisco, California, which had the biggest savings at $83 a week. However in other urban areas, including Dallas, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona a personal vehicle remains more economical. Phoenix area commuters had the highest savings at $135 a week, according to Nerd Wallet.

Whatever the case, use your savings to start building wealth, says O’Leary.

“The whole idea is pay off your debts by not buying stuff you don’t need,” O’Leary emphasizes.

“You don’t need a car. You’re working in a city where you can either take the subway or basically use a shared service. Try both. But don’t get stuck parking $25,000 into a car. I don’t need it. Why should you?”

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/27/shark-tanks-kevin-oleary-dont-buy-a-car-do-this-instead.html

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9-year-old genius to graduate university

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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

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Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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