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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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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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5 Resolutions for Prosperous Investing

5 Resolutions for Prosperous Investing


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What’s a New Year without a list of resolutions aimed at doing things better than last year? Whether you’re resolving to lose weight, shape up or abolish a bad habit or two, a few investing resolutions just might make 2014 a more prosperous year. Inspired by Jason Hartman’s 10 Commandments of Real...

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New Dodd-Frank Changes Make Borrowing Tougher

New Dodd-Frank Changes Make Borrowing Tougher


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The New Year is just around the corner, and so are new provisions of the sweeping Dodd Frank Act. And while those new rules are designed to protect borrowers – and in some ways, lenders too – the changes coming in 2014 may make it tougher for those hoping to qualify for a mortgage or refinance a...

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Outdated Card Security Puts Users At Risk

Outdated Card Security Puts Users At Risk


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What holds the data on your credit or debit card? If you’re a US cardholder, most likely it’s a magnetic strip. But as Target’s massive Black Friday data hack points up, that technology, which is largely obsolete in many parts of the world. is what puts US consumers at special risk for identity...

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Asia Opens Doors to the Bitcoin

Asia Opens Doors to the Bitcoin


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Need more proof that the world is watching the Bitocoin? Just consider Bitcoinvention 2014,a global get-together to inform, educate and promote the digital currency that’s changing the way the world thinks about money And this first Bitcoin convention is being held in Manila, Philippines – an acknowledgement...

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Does the Bitcoin Threaten Mainstream Finance?

Does the Bitcoin Threaten Mainstream Finance?


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As the Bitcoin continues to surge onto the world stage, with a new push to \bring big-time Bitcoin trading to Asian markets, established financial institutions and government bodies around the globe are targeting the upstart digital currency with warnings and bans. That’s a move long predicted by Bitcooin...

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Financial Gifts Keep On Giving

Financial Gifts Keep On Giving


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It may not be sparkly and shiny and sit under the tree. But one of the greatest gifts a parent (or anyone) can give this holiday season is one that keeps on giving for a lifetime: financial literacy. Whether a child is five or fifteen, options ranging from the good old piggy bank to more sophisticated...

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Home Exchanges May Challenge Rentals

Home Exchanges May Challenge Rentals


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For travelers and vacationers, renting a place for a short-term stay has always been an attractive alternative to staying in a hotel. But another alternative is gaining traction among money-conscious visitors: home swapping, or home exchange; a growing trend that offers a way to bypass the rental markets...

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Cyber Money  Takes Another Step

Cyber Money Takes Another Step


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The Bitcoin’s march toward legitimacy took another step forward this week, as the digital currency was accepted as legal tender to buy a Tesla – a fitting arrangement for the purchase of the new electronic car. But even as Lamborghini Newport Beach happily announced the transaction, new concerns...

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