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Is Identity Theft Insurance Worth Buying?

Is Identity Theft Insurance Worth Buying?


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Identity theft has been making headlines in several different ways lately, beginning with the data breach involving shoppers at Target department stores over Thanksgiving 2013. Add to that news about domestic surveillance operations that point up just how easy it is to hack personal information, and...

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The Fed Tapers Down Another $10 Billion

The Fed Tapers Down Another $10 Billion


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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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Shadow Banking Affects the Fate of Home Mortgages

Shadow Banking Affects the Fate of Home Mortgages


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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


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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?


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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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Tax Code Changes Kill Some Deductions

Tax Code Changes Kill Some Deductions


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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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US Properties Lead the List for Foreign Investors

US Properties Lead the List for Foreign Investors


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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


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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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Stop Learning and Start Doing!

Stop Learning and Start Doing!


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You’d think that it’s a good thing to have all the information you could possibly need available anytime, anyplace. But it’s all too possible to become so caught up in trying to learn everything you need to know about a subject – such as investing – that you never actually do anything. Odd...

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Investors Look Ahead to 2014

Investors Look Ahead to 2014


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The new year is only a few days old, and some of the promised changes to the housing landscape are already in place. The Federal Reserve will begin to implement its stimulus “taper down” and the tighter lending rules ushered in by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau are now in place. So what does...

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