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A Week's Worth

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained back some of the ground lost in its precipitous plunge early in the week, closing up 1.1 percent Friday.

People who have sizable estates to will to their children tend to worry most about their heirs' mental health, according to results of the latest annual survey by U.S. Trust, a New York-based wealth-management company. Seventy-three percent of respondents rated that as their No. 1 concern. Second, at 65 percent: the child's ability to manage money wisely. Only 1 percent cited the child's gender.

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Yo, college grads: The manner of speaking you so casually used with fellow students on campus will leave prospective employers unimpressed – "totally." This, according to Paula Hill Strasser of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. She suggests asking a friend to help prepare you for job interviews by catching such tendencies as "dude" or "I was like" instead of "I said."

Oh, and if your interview appears headed toward an offer of employment, you'll give yourself an edge if you indicate a willingness to pay your own relocation expenses, says the entry-level job site CollegeGrad.com. That realization, by the way, appears to have sunk in. In a survey of degree candidates, the service found only 8.8 percent who said they wouldn't relocate for "the right opportunity."


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