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Top 5 Newsmakers We Followed in 2013

Top 5 Newsmakers We Followed in 2013


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This New Year is gearing up to open on a financial world that looks very different in some ways than the one just ending. Throughout 2013, we followed the financial and investing stories that change our world and rock our assumptions. Here’s a year-end recap of the major stories we covered in the year...

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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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Outdated Card Security Puts Users At Risk

Outdated Card Security Puts Users At Risk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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Target’s Account Hack Can Happen Anywhere

Target’s Account Hack Can Happen Anywhere


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Even if you aren’t a Target shopper, the company’s recent card account hack affects you. As the giant retailer deals with the fallout from a major data breach that stole card data from 40 million accounts in its system, consumer advocates are warning that the Target hack points up major flaws in...

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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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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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Does the Bitcoin Threaten Mainstream Finance?

Does the Bitcoin Threaten Mainstream Finance?


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As the Bitcoin continues to surge onto the world stage, with a new push to \bring big-time Bitcoin trading to Asian markets, established financial institutions and government bodies around the globe are targeting the upstart digital currency with warnings and bans. That’s a move long predicted by Bitcooin...

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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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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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