‘I didn’t know I’d lose money so fast’

Stuck at home without a job during the pandemic, Kelly Mills initially turned to video games for escape. Then she decided to try her hand at a real world game: the stock market.

“I figured if I’m putting this much effort into the trading of these fictitious turnips, then surely I can figure out how the actual stock market works,” she says.

Soon the 34-year-old from Louisiana, who worked in the film industry, was following company rumours on Reddit, dialling into executive conference calls and tracking share prices as obsessively as posts on Instagram.

“I’m cooped up, I’m bored, I’ve got nothing better to do,” she says. “This isn’t me trying to make money. I’m just trying to pass the time.”

Like Ms Mills, millions of new investors in the US have piled into stocks in recent months, enabled by a dramatic crash in share prices in March, online brokerages

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This start-up works like a dating site for therapy

Mental health challenges are on the rise — a serious concern of health-care professionals around the world. 

A report from the American Psychological Association (APA) found that while only 69% of Americans reported feeling stress in 2018, nearly 85% now say they are feeling generalized anxiety. 

In April alone, about 20,000 people texted a hotline run by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a federal agency for people in emotional distress. That’s a 1,000% increase.

It’s a growing trend amid, particularly when seeing someone in-person is a challenge. 

Enter Kendall Bird, CEO of Frame, a company helping match therapists and prospective clients.

Bird, who previously worked in technology at both YouTube and Snapchat, has been in therapy for more than 15 years. When she relocated from New York to Los Angeles, she had to change therapists, and finding one was no easy task. Bird said it took her

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An award-winning cam girl explains how online porn has changed in 18 years, from shaky webcams to six-figure salaries

ImLive Cam Girl
ImLive Cam Girl

ImLive

  • HottyTEEN69 has been a host on ImLive, a site where people can pay to watch cam girls, for nearly 18 years. 

  • She joined to help pay for her university fees in Romania back when the company was founded in 2002. 

  • Though camming sites like OnlyFans and IsMyGirl have caught the popular imaginary now, the early aughts were like the ‘wild west’ for adult entertainment sites. 

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Camming — live-streaming sex shows, typically from a bedroom — has grown into one of the most lucrative parts of the adult entertainment industry, earning models upwards of $100,000 a year.

In fact, the pandemic has fueled the multi-billion dollar camming industry, as lockdowns created an audience (people who couldn’t go out), and new models (people who lost jobs and sought ways to make money from home).

But long before the pandemic, and long before

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meet the woman behind Britain’s vaccine hope

Professor Sarah Gilbert at Oxford University - John Lawrence
Professor Sarah Gilbert at Oxford University – John Lawrence

Professor Sarah Gilbert keeps a mug on her desk that neatly surmises her life and work: ‘keep calm and develop vaccines’. It is a mantra that has served the professor of vaccinology at Oxford University’s Jenner Institute well. After all, the team she leads has surged to the very front of the global race to develop an effective coronavirus vaccine.

This week – as has been the case on numerous occasions in recent months – her name has been plastered across the front pages. The initial results of the coronavirus vaccine published in the Lancet medical journal has confirmed the jab is safe and produces an immune response to Covid-19. Those findings have sparked renewed hope that an effective vaccine could be rolled out by the end of the year.

“It’s not surprising to us,” says the 58-year-old in her first

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FreightWaves Raises $37M In New Growth Financing

FreightWaves, one of the leading providers of freight data and analytics, has raised $37 million in two rounds of minority investment since April. The latest round was led by Kayne Partners Fund, the growth private equity group of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P. Kayne Partners Fund has committed $30 million to accelerate FreightWaves’ growth. This round puts the total capital raised by FreightWaves at $75 million. 

Kayne Partners Fund’s investment is a minority, non-controlling investment that will support strategic and sustainable growth in the company. Existing management, led by founder and CEO Craig Fuller, President George Abernathy and CFO Spencer Piland, will continue to lead the company through the next stage of growth. 

Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, based in Los Angeles, is a leading multi-strategy alternative investment firm, and member of the PEI 300 (list of the world’s biggest private equity firms based on total capital raised over the previous

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Top back-to-school gear: Tech Support

Welcome to Tech Support, a segment where I, Dan Howley, serve as your intrepid guide through the sometimes confusing, often frustrating, world of personal technology.

Here, I answer all of your most pressing questions about the various gizmos, gadgets, and services you use in your everyday life.

Have a question of your own? Reach me on Twitter at @danielhowley or email me at dhowley@yahoofinance.com.

Now, on to your questions. This week’s dilemma:

‘What back-to-school tech does my kid need?’

We’re halfway through the summer, and that means the back-to-school season is in full swing. And with many schools expected to start the school year with remote learning as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, students are going to need new tech more than ever.

We’re talking laptops, Chromebooks, and routers to help get work done, and a few other gadgets for the inevitable down time.

Here’s the gear you’ll

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Jim Gaffigan Is the Hero Dork Dads Deserve

In his latest comedy special, premiering Friday on Amazon, Jim Gaffigan recalls the one time he tried his hand at being cool by staying up past his bedtime to see Drake perform in Sin City. It goes without saying that Gaffigan, of the dad-bod, the comb-over, the gently self-effacing stand-up, isn’t your typical pre-dawn Vegas reveler. Drake’s inebriated fans noticed. “They all looked at me like, ‘Oh my gosh, there’s Drake’s accountant,’” says Gaffigan.

The thing is, Gaffigan doesn’t care. He’s the quintessential dork dad, and he owns it, corny weather jokes, fish stick dinners, and all. He’s not here to dazzle you with his worldliness or edginess or caustic commentary. Instead, he’s the master of subtle observational comedy, put to solid use in the two-part The Pale Tourist, which has him riffing on Canada and Spain, seen through the eyes of someone discovering both places without an agenda.

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How to Make Better (and Bluer!) Blueberry Muffins

There’s an ongoing argument in my house this summer—which summer berries are the best summer berries. I flounder on spots two and three, weighing the juicy merits of raspberries vs. blackberries vs. strawberries, but the number one spot in my ranking remains the same. The berry to rule all berries is undoubtedly, consistently, unwaveringly blueberries.

Plump, precious blueberries.

I feel much the same when it comes to muffins. The only muffin that matters in my mind is a blueberry muffin. Keep your banana nuts and morning glories; it’s blueberry muffins or bust, as far as I’m concerned.

Sure, it may be a limited view, but it’s mine. And it’s what’s driven me ever onwards in my quest to build a better blueberry muffin. There are great blueberry muffin recipes out there, but with most, I find myself wanting for more blueberry essence.

I was thinking about this recently when it

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The 20 best back to school things you can buy at Target

Get all your school essentials at the Red Bullet.
Get all your school essentials at the Red Bullet.

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Back in the day, Target was always my first stop for back-to-school shopping. While office supply stores might have a wider selection of supplies, there was always something about the back-to-school section at Target that made me particularly excited for the upcoming school year.

Though school in the fall might look a little different this year due to COVID-19, and many classes might still be virtual, it’s still a good idea to grab some new school supplies. Plus, you can shop for it all online at Target or opt for curbside pickup, if you’re trying to limit your time spent in stores.

From basic school supplies to the top tech gadgets, here are the 20 best back-to-school things you can buy at

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Back-to-School Essentials for Busy Parents

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For parents, the COVID-19 pandemic has made back-to-school plans for their children particularly stressful this year.

Many school districts are combining in-class and online learning, which means kids’ schedules will be even more hectic than usual. Parents, then, will need everything from that critical morning coffee to a good night’s rest in order to survive. 

So Consumer Reports has come up with an array of back-to-school items that should help parents through the ordeal. These products  will also help keep the entire family fueled, fed, and healthy.

Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14 Cup Programmable DCC-3200

CR’s take: There’s nothing like a perfect cup of coffee to jump-start even the most jam-packed day. A traditional drip coffee maker, the Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14 Cup Programmable DCC-3200 makes plenty of java, thanks to its 14-cup glass carafe. It features programming, auto-shutoff, a cleaning indicator,

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