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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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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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Should You Clean Up Your Online Profile?

Should You Clean Up Your Online Profile?


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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


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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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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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Can Social Media Kill Your Credit?

Can Social Media Kill Your Credit?


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Most everyone knows that many employers use a job applicant’s social media activity as a hiring tool. But as new lending regulations take effect today, a new article from Fast Company reveals just how important that Facebook profile or Twitter feed can be for loan applicants too. January 10, 2014...

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Where’s the Fed Headed in 2014?

Where’s the Fed Headed in 2014?


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The Federal Open Market Committee is arguably one of the most influential government committees you’ve never heard of. Although the FOMC may not be a household word, its decisions on the Federal Reserve’s monetary policies affect nearly every US household – and investor. The FOMC is responsible...

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Top 5 Newsmakers We Followed in 2013

Top 5 Newsmakers We Followed in 2013


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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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It’s Official: Tapering Begins in January

It’s Official: Tapering Begins in January


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After months of waffling about the fate of its massive bond buying stimulus plan, the Federal Reserve has taken the financial world by surprise with its just-released announcement that it will begin “modestly” tapering the plan down in January 2014. While the news ended months of anticipation for...

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