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The Fed’s Stimulus Has Global Reach

The Fed’s Stimulus Has Global Reach

The Federal Reserve’s stimulus plan was designed to improve conditions at home. But now that the Fed is moving forward with tapering it down in 2014, a meeting of the world’s leading monetary policy makers in Sydney points up the international effects of the massive securities buyup – effects that...

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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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Top 5 Newsmakers We Followed in 2013

Top 5 Newsmakers We Followed in 2013

This New Year is gearing up to open on a financial world that looks very different in some ways than the one just ending. Throughout 2013, we followed the financial and investing stories that change our world and rock our assumptions. Here’s a year-end recap of the major stories we covered in the year...

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A Stimulus Plan Architect Reveals the Truth

A Stimulus Plan Architect Reveals the Truth

The Federal Reserve’s massive bond buying stimulus program has been in and out of the news for months as the Fed hints at tapering it down, only to backpedal in light of changes to the economic picture. But even as the Fed continues its will they, won’t they dance, a former architect of the program...

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The Fed’s Bond Buyup: Insiders Doubt Its Benefits

The Fed’s Bond Buyup: Insiders Doubt Its Benefits

It’s going forward. No, it’s slowing down. No, wait, it’s picking up speed. The Federal Reserve’s rollercoaster ride of buying up mortgage backed securities and treasury bonds has been going on since last fall, with often-changing plans to scale it back or ramp it up depending on ever-evolving...

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What Does QE3 Mean for First Responders?

What Does QE3 Mean for First Responders?

QE3 isn’t a luxury liner. “Quantitative easing” is an instrument of the Federal Reserve designed to keep mortgage interest low and stimulate economic recovery. The “3” means the current incarnation of this strategy is the third attempt to reinvigorate the economy after the poor outcomes of...

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Mortgage Changes Open Doors for Investors

Mortgage Changes Open Doors for Investors

A September 2012 report by CNBC on the state of mortgage lending in the US, in the wake of the well-publicized housing collapse, states that although mortgage rates are nearing record lows, fewer mortgage applications are currently being processed. While the reasons for this decline indicate bad news...

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Mortgage Lending Changes Mean Investor Opportunities

Mortgage Lending Changes Mean Investor Opportunities

A recent Reuters article on small business finances reported that a number of leading US financial institutions are hiring additional staff in response to a surge in demand for home loans, and profit margins for institutions dealing in home lending are at double their usual level. But this upswing in...

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Best Deals in Rental Property Investment: Duplexes

Best Deals in Rental Property Investment: Duplexes

Investing in rental property is a good way to create a long-term income steam in retirement, and Jason Hartman offers sound advice to show you how. But what kind of rental property provides the best return on your investment? Depending on factors such as the market and location, for many new investors,...

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