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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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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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Should You Clean Up Your Online Profile?

Should You Clean Up Your Online Profile?


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If you don’t show up on a Google search, do you really exist? As lines continue to blur between cyberculture and “the real world," the answer, in all too many situations, is “no.” And what that search reveals can make – or break – lives on many levels. Whether you’re building a business...

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US Properties Lead the List for Foreign Investors

US Properties Lead the List for Foreign Investors


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In 2013, foreign investment in US real estate topped $7 billion in single family home purchases alone. And a new report by CNBC reveals that four of the top five cities for global real state investment were in the United States, as investors from outcries around the world flock to buy residential and...

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After the Lawsuits, Big Banks Regroup

After the Lawsuits, Big Banks Regroup


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It’s the kind of publicity Bank of America doesn’t need right now: a German –born intern at one of the bank’s London branches died after a long stretch of workdays without a break. So BofA, like its cohorts in the recent spate of bank fraud lawsuits, is now forcing its workers to take vacation...

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Can Social Media Kill Your Credit?

Can Social Media Kill Your Credit?


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Most everyone knows that many employers use a job applicant’s social media activity as a hiring tool. But as new lending regulations take effect today, a new article from Fast Company reveals just how important that Facebook profile or Twitter feed can be for loan applicants too. January 10, 2014...

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Where’s the Fed Headed in 2014?

Where’s the Fed Headed in 2014?


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The Federal Open Market Committee is arguably one of the most influential government committees you’ve never heard of. Although the FOMC may not be a household word, its decisions on the Federal Reserve’s monetary policies affect nearly every US household – and investor. The FOMC is responsible...

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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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