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New Mortgage Standards Limit First Time Buyers

New Mortgage Standards Limit First Time Buyers


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By many indications, the housing recovery is still on the upswing. Mortgage rates remain on the low side and homes are available in most markets. So why aren’t first time buyers taking the plunge into homeownership? Changing financial situations and today’s tighter lending standards may be squeezing...

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Are Government Subsidies Paying Bank Settlements?

Are Government Subsidies Paying Bank Settlements?


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The nation’s big banks have been paying out millions to settle a long string of lawsuits pressed by the US Department of Justice and numerous states’ attorneys general. But where do those millions come from? According to new figures cited by the Bloomberg Review, over a quarter of the profits posted...

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Don’t Buy These 5 Investing Myths

Don’t Buy These 5 Investing Myths


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Real estate is still the best investing game in town, but the ups and downs that followed the housing crash a few years ago have given rise to a number of “urban legends” about the state of the housing market today – and those myths are stopping investors from taking advantage of the very real...

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Bitcoin CEO’s Suicide Spotlights Currency Troubles

Bitcoin CEO’s Suicide Spotlights Currency Troubles


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More evidence that the Bitcoin is running with the big dogs of the finance world: the CEO of major Bitcoin exchange First Meta has joined the growing list of suicides and other mysterious deaths that have cast a long shadow over the international financial community since the start of 2014. Autumn Radtke,...

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Your Social Security Number: the Key to Your Identity

Your Social Security Number: the Key to Your Identity


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They began as a simple filing system for claims, but today the nine digits of the Social Security number hold the key to nearly every American’s identity. Children need them to enroll in school. You need them to enter a hospital, apply for a loan, or take out a store credit card. And if they’re stolen,...

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An Old Real Estate Scam Snares New Victims

An Old Real Estate Scam Snares New Victims


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In an age of heightened worry about sophisticated scams and information hacking, a few low-tech, old school scams are still flourishing –w with a little help from the internet. Case in point: a very simple real estate “bait and switch” that recently netted a New York con artist a cool $22,000. We’ve...

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Risks Can Outweigh Profits in Foreign Real Estate

Risks Can Outweigh Profits in Foreign Real Estate


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As more Americans are choosing to spend their post-retirement lives abroad, investing in foreign real estate can look like an attractive option. But while buying investment properties in some of the world’s hottest markets can work smoothly, as Jason Hartman says, putting investment dollars into tried...

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Early Birds Catch Investing Success

Early Birds Catch Investing Success


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Do early risers have more investing success than slugabeds who sleep the morning away? Profile after profile of successful people in all walks of life show that, whatever else they do, these achievers share one key trait: they start their day early. Now, a new report ties early rising to success in...

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Are Dodd-Frank Regulations Destroying Smaller Banks?

Are Dodd-Frank Regulations Destroying Smaller Banks?


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And then there were . . . none? The nation’s small banks and independent financial institutions seem to be disappearing at a rapid rate. While the demise of these regional and local banks may be nothing more than a blip on the financial industry’s radar, market watchers say the loss of the “little”...

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Can Women Beat Men at Investing?

Can Women Beat Men at Investing?


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There’s a new book out by LouAnn Lofton and the folks at investing site The Motley Fool, called “Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl: And Why You Should Too.” While investing like a girl might make testosterone driven deal chasers flinch, it turns out that a number of studies now show that women...

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