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As Gold Declines, Silver Rises in Metals Trading

As Gold Declines, Silver Rises in Metals Trading


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The gold standard may be giving way to the white standard. As gold prices bounce up and down, mostly down, it’s the white metals – silver, platinum, palladium and, to a lesser extent, aluminum and tin --  that continue to quietly make gains in the market. And since recent investing reports have...

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Information Overload Blurs Investing Goals

Information Overload Blurs Investing Goals


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The Internet makes all the finance and investing information you’ll ever need available all the time. And as we’ve been reporting in this space, new mobile technologies mean that you’ll never be without access to all that stuff, wherever you go. But does all this constant connectivity help -- or...

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The Fed’s Stimulus Plan: Is Septaper Coming?

The Fed’s Stimulus Plan: Is Septaper Coming?


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August is winding down, and investors and financial gurus – not to mention the little guys holding residential mortgages – are warily eyeing the advent of “Septaper.” the media’s dreadful new name for the Federal Reserve’s promised drawing down of its massive mortgage securities buyuo plan. Just...

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Retirement -- or an Encore Career?

Retirement — or an Encore Career?


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The “American Dream” of retirement – hang up the working clothes at 65 and hit the golf course – is becoming an impossible dream for many Americans who keep on working because they can’t afford to retire. But still others are choosing to delay or skip retirement altogether – and much to the...

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The Litecoin: The Next Generation of Digital Money

The Litecoin: The Next Generation of Digital Money


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Once the edgy digital darling beloved by cybergeeks around the world, the Bitcoin has gone – well, a little too mainstream for some tastes. Eagerly traded in standard stock exchanges and used for well-publicized purchases such as in vitro fertilization, the virtual currency has taken on many of the...

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Student Loan Debt Hits the Economy

Student Loan Debt Hits the Economy


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The ongoing saga of out of control student loan debt took a detour through Washington for some partisan infighting last week, as House Republicans and Senate Democrats engaged in some busy finger pointing about who’s responsible for delaying a bill that would keep interest rates low on loans backed...

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What the Federal Reserve Means to You

What the Federal Reserve Means to You


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The Federal Reserve has been hovering in the headlines over the past few months, as investors and financial institutions around the world keep a close eye on its plans to buy massive amounts of mortgage backed securities. Although it might seem that the Fed’s movements matter only to those connoted...

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5 Keys to Protecting Your Finances Online

5 Keys to Protecting Your Finances Online


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The Internet makes financial transactions quick and easy, and for investors it’s practically an indispensable tool. But as we’ve pointed out in previous posts, unwary users can find themselves vulnerable to scammers and hackers who can empty bank accounts, hijack identities and ruin reputations....

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The Shadow Econmy Muddies the Recovery Picture

The Shadow Econmy Muddies the Recovery Picture


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Yes, the Federal Reserve is going to scale down the bond buyup. Really, this time. After making a bold statement about its intentions to end  its stimulus buyup of bonds and securities in 2014, the Fed now says it’s on track to taper down the program in the last quarter of 2013. That plan could be...

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The Paula Deen Crash: Lessons for Investors?

The Paula Deen Crash: Lessons for Investors?


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Celebrity chef Paula Deen’s very public fall from grace has hit the news in many ways. From outrage among foodies to concerns about the financial fallout as company after company has dumped her, the collapse of Deen’s empire has rippled throughout the economy. Although this southern lady with the...

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