Archive for December, 2013


Top 5 Trending Topics of 2013

This New Year sets the stage for a financial world that’s very different in some ways than any we’ve seen before. From the decline of the dollar to the rise of the Bitcoin and other digital currencies and the state of the stimulus, the trends of 2013 paved the way for changes that affect all […]

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Lending Industry Cleanup Means New Rules

The New Year brings big changes to the US loan business, as lawsuits and legislation continue to force a cleanup of the institutions that were in large part responsible for the housing collapse of a few years ago. And as those changes, aimed at protecting the consumers whose purchases keep the economy humming, take effect […]

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AMA 72 – "Contrarian" with Mary Mazzio

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New 2014 Lending Standards May Chill Borrowing

symptoms of diabetes p>What a difference two percentage points can make. A new provision of the sweeping Dodd Frank act that’s scheduled to take effect this January drops the allowable debt to income ratio for mortgages and other kinds of consumer loans from 45 percent to 43 – a small change with the power to […]

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Magnetic Strips Put US Cardholders At Risk

As the fallout continues from the massive data breach affecting millions of Target customers nationwide, consumer advocates and cybersecurity experts point out that the Black Friday incident is only part of a larger problem: outdated card security features that make US-issued credit cards especially attractive to hackers around the world. Details about Target’s data theft […]

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Target’s Account Hack highlights Weak Card Security Systems

Even if you aren’t one of the 40 million debit and credit card holders burned by the recent hack into the databanks of giant retailer Target, you may still be at risk for having your account information hijacked, thanks to weaknesses in the way credit card data is captured at the point of sale. Target’s […]

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The Ven: A New Challenge to Mainstream Money?

While the Bitcoin keeps on making headlines with its inroads into traditional money markets, other kinds of digital monies are quietly following in the Bitcoin’s cyberfootsteps, proving that virtually any culture in the world can create its own functional currency system. The Ven, an eco-friendly digital currency, demonstrates how easy it is to challenge traditional […]

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“Modest” Tapering Starts in January – But Will Anyone Notice?

Does $10 billion a month make a difference? After months of mixed message, the Federal Reserve has announced in January 2014 it plans to start scaling back its massive stimulus program. For now it’s a “modest” tapering, that reduces monthly bond buying from $85 billion to $75 billion. But will the drawdown really benefit consumers? […]

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AMA 71 – Derivatives with Scott Shellady

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The Bitcoinvention Opens Doors to Asia

Amid controversy and criticism, the Bitcoin marches on. Though the digital currency is gaining ground around the world as a legitimate means of exchange, it’s being given an especially warm reception in the emerging economies of Asia. And the upcoming Bitcoinvention in Manila demonstrates how far the Bitcoin has come as a viable currency in […]

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Is There a Bitcoin Backlash?

The clearest indicator that the Bitcoin is here to stay may be the fact that the digital currency has made enemies in high places. As the upstart coin continues its march toward global legitimacy, advocates of the Bitcoin have worried that it might become the target of government and financial institutions threatened by its growing […]

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AMA 70 – Zentrepreneur with John J. Murphy

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Financial Gifts Keep Giving for a Lifetime

Only fourteen states require a high school course in personal finance, says the Council for Economic Education – and just 22 require one in economics. That means the majority of young Americans are completely unprepared to enter a complex financial world filled with difficult decisions. So this holiday season, a finance-focused gift may be the […]

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Fannie and Freddie Retreat, But Fees Advance

Among the many factors affecting the strength of the dollar and the US economic recovery as a whole is government involvement in the still recovering housing industry. As world markets warily eye the Federal Reserve’s ongoing bond buying stimulus plan, the government backed megalenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac embark on a drawdown of their […]

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World Markets Watch the Fed’s Decision

World confidence in the US dollar continues to wobble. As the euro surged to the top of the currency markets in early December 2013, the dollar sagged, as investors look to current economic indicators for clues about what the Federal Reserve plans to do about its massive stimulus program. The euro and the dollar, linked […]

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3 Costly Investing Mistakes

The road to financial success is paved with information – too much information. Would be investors – and anyone hoping to sustain – and build – assets are bombarded with options,, both legitimate and shady. And all too often, they end up losing a little or a lot, thanks to some basic mistakes that create […]

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Can Floating Cities Change the World?

The future may be all at sea, if the folks at the Floating City Project make their vision a reality. And that reality is coming ever closer as crowdfunding for the design of the world’s first seasteading community gathers steam. It’s a concept that challenges many long-cherished beliefs about land, community and government that may […]

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Weak Currencies Push Trade in the Global Marketplace

The dong, the rial, and the leone – these exotic names may not be as familiar as the dollar, the yen or the euro, but these weak currencies may be changing the global financial picture more than their stronger counterparts. The complex relationship between the weak and strong currencies of the world affect virtually all […]

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Can Cybercurrency Change the World?

Digital currency keeps on making news – and making financial experts worry. In what appears to be the perfect marketing move, the Bitcoin – an electronic currency – was recently used to buy the Tesla, an electric car. And while many hail the move as another step toward the Bitcoin’s eventual dominance of world money […]

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Bitcoins + Seasteading = A Brave New World

It’s easy to complain about the government. More rare, however, is the ability to conceive a plan of how to implement an alternative and then actually do it. That’s where the Seasteading Institute comes into play. This non-profit organization exists for the purpose of developing plans for the construction of floating cities with independent governments […]

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