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When the taxman comes knocking at the door, theres not a lot that the Regular Joe can do besides pay up.

Fortune 500 companies, on the other hand, have the resources and wherewithal to give themselves options that regular folks do not. With billions of revenues, its worth it for these companies to do whatever they can to avoid the IRS and much of the time, that means stashing cash in offshore tax havens.

Todays infographic is , a cost information site. It looks at the 30 companies in the Fortune 500 index with the most holdings in offshore tax havens.

Apple, which is the worlds largest public company, has a boatload of cash and assets stored offshore about $181.1 billion in fact. Thats about enough money to buy Coca-Cola, Goldman Sachs, or Walt Disney.

The deferred tax bill on bringing that back onshore? Its estimated to be $59.2 billion.

Not all jobs are created equal see this list of 100 common careers ranked based on income, stress levels, growth potential, and other factors.

If youre like most Americans, you probably spend more than 40 hours a week on the job.

For this reason, your career of choice plays a big role in determining your overall well-being. Not only does your profession have a massive influence on the potential money you make, but it also impacts your stress, work-life balance, happiness, and feeling of accomplishment.

However, its well-known that not all careers are created equally and while some are stress-free with comfortable salaries, others can be high-stress without the compensation to make up for it.

Todays chart uses data from the2018 Jobs Rated Reportby , and weve used it to rank 100 of the most common careers based on median income, as well as three other categories: stress, growth outlook, and workplace environment.

The careers at the top of the list below have the best aggregate score, while the jobs towards the end of the list tend to be high-stress, low-income.

The 2018 Jobs Rated Report uses median income, as well as three other key categories to compile its rankings of common careers:

See the full methodologyhere, for a more detailed explanation of the above categories.

If your goal is to maximize income, then traditional high-paying careers like being a lawyer, doctor, investment banker, or senior corporate executive are a good way to go.

For many people, however, a good career is defined as being more than just having high earning potential. Ideally, its also low-stress, while providing a healthy workplace that makes workers look forward to their jobs every day.

For people that think that way, it seems like being a pharmacist or a data scientist might present the best of both worlds:

At the same time, it may be safe to say that taxi drivers and reporters get the worst of both worlds: high stress and low pay.

Where does your occupation fall on the money/stress spectrum? Do you feel like the ranking above provides an accurate representation of your career?

The annual salary needed to buy a home in the U.S. ranges from $38k to $255k, depending on the metropolitan area you are looking in.

Over the last year, home prices have risen in 49 of the biggest 50 metro areas in the United States.

At the same time, mortgage rates have hit seven-year highs, making things more expensive for any prospective home buyer.

With this context in mind, todays map comes , and it shows the salary needed to buy a home in the 50 largest U.S. metro areas.

As a reference point, the median home in the United States costs about $257,600, according to the National Association of Realtors.

With a 20% down payment and a 4.90% mortgage rate, and taking into account whats needed to pay principal, interest, taxes, and insurance (PITI) on the home, it would mean a prospective buyer would need to have $61,453.51 in salary to afford such a purchase.

However, based on your frame of reference, this national estimate may seem extremely low or quite high. Thats because the salary required to buy in different major cities in the U.S. can fall anywhere between $37,659 to $254,835.

Here are the cheapest metro areas in the U.S., based on data and calculations :

After the dust settles, Pittsburgh ranks as the cheapest metro area in the U.S. to buy a home. According to these calculations, buying a median home in Pittsburgh which includes the surrounding metro area requires an annual income of less than $40,000 to buy.

Just missing the list was Detroit, where a salary of $48,002.89 is needed.

Now, here are the priciest markets in the country, also based on data m:

Topping the list of the most expensive metro areas are San Jose and San Francisco, which are both cities fueled by the economic boom in Silicon Valley. Meanwhile, two other major metro areas in California, Los Angeles and San Diego, are not far behind.

New York City only ranks in sixth here, though it is worth noting that the NYC metro area extends well beyond the five boroughs. It includes Newark, Jersey City, and many nearby counties as well.

As a final point, its worth mentioning that all cities here (with the exception of Denver) are in coastal states.

Data on median home prices comes from the National Association of Realtors and is based on 2018 Q4 information, while national mortgage rate data is derived from weekly surveys by Freddie Mac and the Mortgage Bankers Association of America for 30-year fixed rate mortgages.

Calculations include tax and homeowners insurance costs to determine the annual salary it takes to afford the base cost of owning a home (principal, interest, property tax and homeowners insurance, or PITI) in the nations 50 largest metropolitan areas.

Standard 28% front-end debt ratios and a 20% down payments subtracted from the median-home-price data are used to arrive at these figures.

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