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Financial Post | Business

Tyree Johnson scrubs himself with a bar of soap in a McDonald’s bathroom and puts on fresh deodorant. He stashes his toiletries in a Kenneth Cole bag, a gift from his mother who works the counter at Macy’s, and hops on an El train. His destination: another McDonald’s.

Johnson isn’t one of Chicago’s many homeless people who seek shelter in fast-food joints. He’s a McDonald’s employee, at both stores — one in the Loop, the other about a mile away in the shadow of Holy Name Cathedral.

I hate when my boss tells me she won’t give me a raise because she can smell me

He needs the makeshift baths because hygiene and appearance are part of his annual compensation reviews. Even with frequent scrubbings, he said before a recent shift, it’s hard to remove the essence of the greasy food he works around.

“I hate when my boss tells…

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Beginning of the year is a great time to revisit your investment portfolio

After the holidays, it can be a busy time for financial planners. It’s as if the Ghost of Christmas Future descended and inspired not only goodwill but money-mindedness. Perhaps time with the family has people thinking of how to care for them in the future. Or perhaps the break from work has people fantasizing about a blissful retirement. “Sometimes we’re caught up in the rat race of everyday life and you don’t think about the long-term future,” says Myron Knodel, director of tax and estate planning at Investors Group. “But then when you have time, you think: What is my life going to be like 10, 15, 20 years from now? Am I doing what is needed now in order to have the lifestyle I would like in my retirement years?” So resolve to get in financial…

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