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Delinquent Mortgages Hit New Lows

Delinquent Mortgages Hit New Lows


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By many benchmarks, the housing market’s recovery continues, with rising home prices, more new construction and even a safer lending environment for mortgage applicants. But casting a long shadow over all these rosier indicators is the vast and stagnant foreclosure market, which in its various forms...

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Do You Need Credit Monitoring Services?

Do You Need Credit Monitoring Services?


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Identity theft is on the minds of many consumers, as more news emerges about major data hacks like the one that hit millions of shoppers over the last Thanksgiving holiday. And the widespread and casual use of credit and debit cards with their porous magnetic strip technology means that anybody’s account...

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Is Identity Theft Insurance Worth Buying?

Is Identity Theft Insurance Worth Buying?


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Identity theft has been making headlines in several different ways lately, beginning with the data breach involving shoppers at Target department stores over Thanksgiving 2013. Add to that news about domestic surveillance operations that point up just how easy it is to hack personal information, and...

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The Fed Tapers Down Another $10 Billion

The Fed Tapers Down Another $10 Billion


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What a difference $10 billion makes. After announcing in December 2013 that it would taper off its stimulus plan from $85 billion in securities purchases a month to $75 billion, the Federal Reserve has just released plans to cut back by another $10 billion a month until further notice. While it sends...

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Bitcoin Becomes a Target -- Again

Bitcoin Becomes a Target — Again


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The recent arrest of Bitcoin exchange entrepreneur Charlie Shrem is putting the upstart cybercurrency back in the news. It’s a move that has Bitcoin advocates claiming persecution, and providing more evidence for theories that governments and institutions that see the digital money’s popularity as...

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Shadow Banking Affects the Fate of Home Mortgages

Shadow Banking Affects the Fate of Home Mortgages


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It sounds like something from a science fiction movie: a shadow world that exists alongside the one we know. But “shadow banking” – an unregulated, opaque world of financial dealings that functions alongside usual commercial banking practices – is very real. And the transactions these institutions...

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Mobile Banking Apps Conceal Security Flaws

Mobile Banking Apps Conceal Security Flaws


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Constant connectivity makes it easy to manage finances on the go. There’s an app for just bout any kind of transaction, on any device you care to use – all guaranteeing the safety and confidentiality of the sensitive information you send. But that’s not necessarily so, according to a new study...

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What Can Investors Learn from Wilderness Adventuring?

What Can Investors Learn from Wilderness Adventuring?


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Inspiration for successful investing is all around us, with lessons from nature about perseverance, dedication and patience offered by migrating birds, meandering streams and just about anything else that’s a part of the natural world. A recent piece on adventurer Alison Levine posted to CNN Money...

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New Devices Promise to Block Cyber Snooping

New Devices Promise to Block Cyber Snooping


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Are your private conversations really private? Is your personal data really safe? As stories continue to hit the news about the massive hijacking of Target shoppers’ information and the National Security Agency’s domestic spying operations, more and more people are feeling nervous about the security...

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Tax Code Changes Kill Some Deductions

Tax Code Changes Kill Some Deductions


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If it’s January, can tax time be far behind? Even though income property investors can still take advantage of a long list of tax breaks, 2014 ushers in some real estate related tax changes that may eliminate some longstanding deductions and change the eligibility thresholds on others. Although final...

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