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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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Lending Rule Changes in 2014 Hit Borrowers

Lending Rule Changes in 2014 Hit Borrowers


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A new year is almost here, and with it come new opportunities for starting an investing career as Jason Hartman recommends. But if you’re looking forward to buying that first investment property in 2014, it’s important to remember that thanks to the mortgage meltdown of f few years ago new laws and...

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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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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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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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Fake Financial Advisors Scam Senior Investors

Fake Financial Advisors Scam Senior Investors


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What’s in a name? asked William Shakespeare. Plenty – when it comes to the loosely defined arena of financial investing, where virtually anyone can claim the title. And as a recent report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reveals, the confusing array of titles and lack of formal qualifications...

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Digital Money Takes the World Stage

Digital Money Takes the World Stage


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Are Bitcoins for real? Just ask UK techie James Howells, who recently tossed out a long forgotten computer hard drive, only to realize – far too late – that the device contained $7.5 million worth of Bitcoins, the digital currency that’s been making headlines as it gains traction in markets worldwide. Howells...

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Tax Law Changes Target Investors

Tax Law Changes Target Investors


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As we head into the holiday season, no one wants to think about income taxes. But tax season is just around the corner, and since income property investments qualify for a long list of deductions, there are some changes to the tax code for 2013 that are worth planning for. One of the benefits of investing...

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