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Will the Mortgage Interest Deduction Disappear?

Will the Mortgage Interest Deduction Disappear?


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The mortgage interest deduction has been around since 1913, and to this day it remains one of the most valued provisions in the real estate tax code. But new revisions to tax laws could change all that, as lawmakers argue that this venerable exemption really does little to help many property investors. As...

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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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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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Social Media Opens Doors to Fraud

Social Media Opens Doors to Fraud


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The rise of social media has changed the way the world does business. Although the Internet has always offered 24/7 availability of services, shopping and information, social networks offer more: personal connection, sharing, a sense of community – and trust. It’s no wonder that social media has...

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Western Heat Wave Means Profits for Some

Western Heat Wave Means Profits for Some


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Natural disasters like tornadoes and earthquakes hit the news fairly often, followed by promises of help for the afflicted areas. The wave of extreme heat that’s sent temperatures in the Western US soaring to recorded levels in the last week of June 2013 probably won’t be included – although it’s...

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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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The Bitcoin Baby and the Dark Side of  Digital Currency

The Bitcoin Baby and the Dark Side of Digital Currency


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The rise of the Bitcoin has the financial world alternately cheering and groaning. Though at first the creation of a wholly digital currency seemed little more than an online novelty, the Bitcoin has spread its wings in ways both bad and good. The birth of the first Bitcoin baby and the appearance of...

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Online Sales Boost the Housing Recovery

Online Sales Boost the Housing Recovery


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Last year, over two-thirds of homebuyers in a recent survey said they used social media in the purchasing process. More than that, the Internet has become a thriving home for real estate purchases of all kinds. Although online real estate transactions can be risky, online tools and sites are changing...

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Why Holding Beats Flipping in Real Estate

Why Holding Beats Flipping in Real Estate


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“You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ;em,” sang Kenny Rogers in the hit song “The Gambler.” That’s good advice in real estate as well as in poker. And in real estate, as Jason Hartman says, it’s the best advice most of the time. House flipping doesn’t build long-term wealth,...

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