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Outdated Card Security Puts Users At Risk

Outdated Card Security Puts Users At Risk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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The Ven: An Eco-Friendly Digital Currency

The Ven: An Eco-Friendly Digital Currency


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With the Bitcoin making world headlines, can other digital currencies be far behind? As the Bitcoin gains strength as a legitimate exchange for real goods all over the world, other kinds of digital monies are popping up too. And the creators of these specialized currencies are using the Bitcoin model...

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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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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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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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New Federal Fees Change the Lending Landscape

New Federal Fees Change the Lending Landscape


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Fannie and Freddie are moving on. The two government owned mortgage lenders are planning to raise loan guarantee fees for 2014 in an effort to scale back their presence in the mortgage market. It’s a move that has considerable implications for the mortgage industry – and an unexpected upside for...

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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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Can the Floating City Change the Future of Investing?

Can the Floating City Change the Future of Investing?


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The future of real estate may not be on land at all. That’s the hope of the Seasteading Institute’s Floating City Project: an effort to create a floating city that it hopes will pioneer a new direction for human societies around the world. As the movement toward building cities on the world’s oceans...

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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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Be Cautious About Canceling Credit

Be Cautious About Canceling Credit


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A solid credit score is a must-have for investors, and. as Jason Hartman says, it’s essential to protect that score like the treasure that it is. One way to do that is to cancel those unused credit cards taking up space in your wallet, right? Think again, say financial experts. Getting rid of unused...

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