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Fake Financial Advisors Scam Senior Investors

Fake Financial Advisors Scam Senior Investors


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What’s in a name? asked William Shakespeare. Plenty – when it comes to the loosely defined arena of financial investing, where virtually anyone can claim the title. And as a recent report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reveals, the confusing array of titles and lack of formal qualifications...

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Are Bank Fraud Cases Hurting the Economy?

Are Bank Fraud Cases Hurting the Economy?


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Last week, JP Morgan Chase settled its latest lawsuit with the US Department of Justice to the tune of $18 billion. That’s the largest single settlement ever concluded for an individual American corporation, and that makes some industry watchers wonder whether the government is simply out to punish...

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Private Loans Can Launch Investments

Private Loans Can Launch Investments


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Building an income stream from investment property is, as Jason Hartman says, the best bet for building long term wealth. But for some hopeful investors, the project gets stalled at the starting gate because less than perfect credit or other circumstances make financing hard to get. For some, that means...

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Why Do Lenders Turn Borrowers Down?

Why Do Lenders Turn Borrowers Down?


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It’s tougher to get financing for buying real estate these days. Banks are issuing fewer loans, and imposing tougher standards on the loans they do issue. But those standards can vary from institution to institution – and some lenders may say yes to a home loan, while others may say no. The reasons...

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Gold Rebounds in a Risky Market

Gold Rebounds in a Risky Market


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Since ancient times, gold has been the enduring standard for wealth and stability. But in recent months, the value of that precious metal has taken a beating, with fluctuating process plummeting to levels not seen in a decade or more, then bouncing back. And although indications are that gold prices...

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How Long Can Alternative Currencies Survive?

How Long Can Alternative Currencies Survive?


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Led by the Bitcoin, digital alternative currencies continue to quietly make inroads into the consumer economy worldwide. But the very qualities that keep these “cryptocrurrnecies” circulating may also make them the target of government and corporate efforts to shut them down – a possibility that...

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Shutdown Fallout and the Fed's Stimulus Plan

Shutdown Fallout and the Fed’s Stimulus Plan


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The government’s back up and running, and a newly struck deal on the debt crisis has headed off a default. Now, though, comes the fallout from the 16-day shutdown, as the dollar hovers near its lowest point in eight months and the Federal Reserve ponders what to do about tapering off its stimulus plan. According...

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Tighter Reverse Mortgage Rules Protect Borrowers

Tighter Reverse Mortgage Rules Protect Borrowers


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Long marketed to retirees and those heading toward retirement age, reverse mortgages just got harder to negotiate, thanks to new regulations that make those equity-based loans more expensive and harder to get. And the goal, according to the Federal Housing Administration, is to get people to plan retirement...

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What the Alpine Swift Can Teach Investors

What the Alpine Swift Can Teach Investors


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When the Alpine Swift flies south for the winter, it spends six months in the air – nonstop. According to a recent Newser report, Swiss scientists tracking the small black and white bird found that it eats and sleeps on the wing, never touching land till it reaches its destination. And that little...

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10 More Quotes for Smart Investing

10 More Quotes for Smart Investing


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A while ago we brought you 7 bits of investing inspiration from leading entrepreneurs, financiers and investors past and present. But those weren’t the only wise words for the investor’s soul. Short and sweet, these comments from people as diverse as a real estate expert, a sports legend, an automotive...

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