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'Affluenza Teen' Collared In Mexico

'Affluenza Teen' Collared In Mexico

Famed “affluenza teen” Ethan Couch and his mother Tonya were detained by authorities in Mexico on Tuesday after the two fled the country in the wake of a surfaced video depicting an apparent probation violation by the young man, according to The Guardian. Ethan is famous for being responsible for dragging the term “affluenza” out of the jargon of advisors to high-net-worth clients and into the legal realm when his lawyers successfully argued that his privileged upbringing and permissive parents prevented him from understanding the nature of his crimes after he killed four people and fled the scene while driving drunk in 2013. He received 10 years probation and rehabilitation instead of a prison sentence. That looks set to change.

 

Health Before Wealth

Perhaps Count Rugen said it best in The Princess Bride: "If you haven't got your health, then you haven't got anything." Americans apparently agree with the sentiment, according to a recent study by Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America. About 44 percent of the over 1,000 U.S. investors surveyed said their top focus in 2016 will be their overall health and wellness. Only about 29 percent cited financial stability. But Americans were slightly more confident in their ability to stick to resolutions when it came to their finances, with 41 percent resolving to manage their money better. In comparison, about 43 percent said they were likely to follow through with their plans to eat healthier and exercise. 

 

The Verdict is in: Bitcoin a Winner in 2015

Despite choppy peaks and valleys earlier in the year, 2015 turned out to be a big year for bitcoin, according to one report from CoinDesk. Since October, the digital currency has seen an impressive upward arch in the CoinDesk USD Bitcoin Price Index (BPI). Some pundits are pinning bitcoin's turnaround on the growing enterprise interest in blockchain technology. According to a Bloomberg report, bitcoin lost 56 percent of its value in 2014.

 

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