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The Fed Tapers Down Another $10 Billion

The Fed Tapers Down Another $10 Billion

What a difference $10 billion makes. After announcing in December 2013 that it would taper off its stimulus plan from $85 billion in securities purchases a month to $75 billion, the Federal Reserve has just released plans to cut back by another $10 billion a month until further notice. While it sends...

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Bitcoin Becomes a Target -- Again

Bitcoin Becomes a Target — Again

The recent arrest of Bitcoin exchange entrepreneur Charlie Shrem is putting the upstart cybercurrency back in the news. It’s a move that has Bitcoin advocates claiming persecution, and providing more evidence for theories that governments and institutions that see the digital money’s popularity as...

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Shadow Banking Affects the Fate of Home Mortgages

Shadow Banking Affects the Fate of Home Mortgages

It sounds like something from a science fiction movie: a shadow world that exists alongside the one we know. But “shadow banking” – an unregulated, opaque world of financial dealings that functions alongside usual commercial banking practices – is very real. And the transactions these institutions...

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Mobile Banking Apps Conceal Security Flaws

Mobile Banking Apps Conceal Security Flaws

Constant connectivity makes it easy to manage finances on the go. There’s an app for just bout any kind of transaction, on any device you care to use – all guaranteeing the safety and confidentiality of the sensitive information you send. But that’s not necessarily so, according to a new study...

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What Can Investors Learn from Wilderness Adventuring?

What Can Investors Learn from Wilderness Adventuring?

Inspiration for successful investing is all around us, with lessons from nature about perseverance, dedication and patience offered by migrating birds, meandering streams and just about anything else that’s a part of the natural world. A recent piece on adventurer Alison Levine posted to CNN Money...

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New Devices Promise to Block Cyber Snooping

New Devices Promise to Block Cyber Snooping

Are your private conversations really private? Is your personal data really safe? As stories continue to hit the news about the massive hijacking of Target shoppers’ information and the National Security Agency’s domestic spying operations, more and more people are feeling nervous about the security...

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Tax Code Changes Kill Some Deductions

Tax Code Changes Kill Some Deductions

If it’s January, can tax time be far behind? Even though income property investors can still take advantage of a long list of tax breaks, 2014 ushers in some real estate related tax changes that may eliminate some longstanding deductions and change the eligibility thresholds on others. Although final...

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Should You Clean Up Your Online Profile?

Should You Clean Up Your Online Profile?

If you don’t show up on a Google search, do you really exist? As lines continue to blur between cyberculture and “the real world," the answer, in all too many situations, is “no.” And what that search reveals can make – or break – lives on many levels. Whether you’re building a business...

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US Properties Lead the List for Foreign Investors

US Properties Lead the List for Foreign Investors

In 2013, foreign investment in US real estate topped $7 billion in single family home purchases alone. And a new report by CNBC reveals that four of the top five cities for global real state investment were in the United States, as investors from outcries around the world flock to buy residential and...

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After the Lawsuits, Big Banks Regroup

After the Lawsuits, Big Banks Regroup

It’s the kind of publicity Bank of America doesn’t need right now: a German –born intern at one of the bank’s London branches died after a long stretch of workdays without a break. So BofA, like its cohorts in the recent spate of bank fraud lawsuits, is now forcing its workers to take vacation...

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