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The Dollar Takes A Dive: What’s Next for Investors?

The Dollar Takes A Dive: What’s Next for Investors?


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When the government shutdown ended, the value of the US dollar stood at its lowest point in about eight months, with some experts predicting it could fall even lower in the coming weeks. As China calls for a “de-Americanization” of the global financial world, what does the decline of the dollar mean...

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10 More Quotes for Smart Investing

10 More Quotes for Smart Investing


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A while ago we brought you 7 bits of investing inspiration from leading entrepreneurs, financiers and investors past and present. But those weren’t the only wise words for the investor’s soul. Short and sweet, these comments from people as diverse as a real estate expert, a sports legend, an automotive...

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The Bitcoin Starts a Life of Crime

The Bitcoin Starts a Life of Crime


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How did the FBI end up with over $3 million in Bitcoins? How did the virtual currency become the medium of choice for transactions on the cybernarcotics site Silk Road? And more important, perhaps – why should we care? The saga of the world’s first digital money continues with the Bitcoin’s first...

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The Power of Social Media: Profiles Are People

The Power of Social Media: Profiles Are People


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If the power and reach of social media in today’s world were ever in doubt, here’s the latest demonstration: a profile on the professional network LinkedIn became the equivalent of a real person in the latest fraud case against perennial defendant Bank of America. Bank of America as we’ve written...

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New Software Helps Lenders Avoid QM Rule Penalties

New Software Helps Lenders Avoid QM Rule Penalties


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To lenders worried about how the Qualified Mortgage Rule will affect mortgage loan liability: never fear, automated assessments are here, as a growing number of software services offer a variety of online tools to help mortgage lenders negotiate the provisions of the QM Rule(s), avoid liability – and...

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The Qualified Mortgage Rule May Help Investors

The Qualified Mortgage Rule May Help Investors


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The Qualified Mortgage Rule – a piece of the Dodd Frank Act designed to prevent another mortgage meltdown like the one in 2008 – has drawn fire from the mortgage industry and consumer advocates alike. And as we’ve noted before in this space, it offers a mixed message for the housing industry as...

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5 Tips for Success With Student Renters

5 Tips for Success With Student Renters


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Renting to students used to be a landlord's worst nightmare. All night parties, police raids and trashed properties made anyone except shadier landlords steer clear of college area renters. But as the rental market continues to heat up and demand for properties increases, renting in college towns to...

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No “Septaper” – What’s Next for Housing?

No “Septaper” – What’s Next for Housing?


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The Federal Reserve’s decision to postpone – indefinitely – the planned taper-down of its massive mortgage securities buyup is good news for the hard-hit housing industry the stimulus plan was designed to help. But even as mortgage interest rates will likely remain relatively low for the near future...

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The Fed Stays the Course on the Stimulus – For Now

The Fed Stays the Course on the Stimulus – For Now


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Remember “Septaper” – that awful sobriquet for the Federal Reserve’s planned taper down of its asset-buying stimulus plan? After months of hinting that led up to an expected draw down in September 2013, the Fed pulled an about-face, announcing that the plan will roll on at its present levels...

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Online-Only Banking is Growing, But Is It Safe?

Online-Only Banking is Growing, But Is It Safe?


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Traditional brick and mortar banks give the appearance of security and stability – and for most people, that’s the only place to leave their money. But a new kind of branchless banking is challenging those assumptions, as online only banking slowly but steadily draws customers away from their local...

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