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What’s Ahead for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

Fannie and Freddie are still headed for the chopping block. The demise of those venerable home loan agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might not seem to matter to anyone who’s not looking to buy a house. But some market watchers worry that the dismantling of the nation’s biggest mortgage backers could push the entire […]

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Students Strike Against Loan Debt

The much-discussed US student loan debt load has hit $1.2 trillion, and in spite of government-sponsored debt forgiveness and other measures, it isn’t likely to shrink. Now, a group of students is taking matters into their own hands by simply refusing to pay off loans they claim is predatory and excessive. The Corinthian 15, as […]

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Do New Laws Erode Financial Privacy?

Where financial privacy is concerned, you can run, but you can’t hide. There was a time when offshore banking was the smart choice for investors, corporations and just about anybody who wanted to keep assets safe from the prying eyes of authorities. Swiss bank accounts and deposits in places like the Cayman Islands acted as […]

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The Dollar Becomes a Crowded Trade

The US dollar continues to trade strong in world markets. But as it continues its climb, some market watchers worry that it might be time to put on the brakes. According to a recent article from Business Insider, the dollar has become what’s known as a “crowded trade” in the international money markets. What’s more, […]

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Will Deflation Derail World Economies?

Low prices delight consumers. But those falling prices may signal darker days ahead in the form of deflation, which flattens economies and leads to long-term recession. As prices drop and sales flatten in many of the world’s leading economies, experts fear a global epidemic of deflation that could have long-term effects on local and international […]

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Deflation and Oil Prices: Should Investors Worry?

Oil prices are falling, dropping below $200 USD for a barrel of crude. And while that makes US consumers happy, the tumble in prices is fueling worries of a looming round of deflation that could ripple throughout the economy and trigger another round of intervention by the Federal Reserve. Because petroleum products play an enormous […]

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Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme: New Coin, Old Scam?

The Bitcoin is looking more and more like traditional money every day. In just a few short years, the upstart digital currency has gone from a mere novelty to a multimillion dollar trading commodity subject to many of the ills that plague “real” money backed by national and international banks. The latest step: a massive […]

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Swiss Franc Fallout Ripples Round the World

Fallout continues from the Swiss National Bank’s recent decision to drop it cap on the Swiss franc’s value in trading against the euro. This latest salvo in what’s being called the new currency wars is having some surprising effects not just in Switzerland’s European neighbors, but also the rest of the world, including the United […]

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Can a Strong Dollar Stifle Profits?

Can anything stop Apple? The computer giant posted record earnings for its most recent quarter, fueled by sales of its flagship device, the iPhone. Though it looks as if nothing can make a dent in Apple’s performance, one thing might: the performance of the dollar in world currency markets. And that has repercussions not just […]

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US Banks Hit By Swiss Franc Fallout

In the tightly knit world of global finance, what happens halfway around the world can have devastating effects at home. Case in point: the fallout from the recent Swiss bank decision to drop its cap on the franc, which is hitting even US banks and the sturdy dollar. The Swiss National Bank’s move to let […]

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Who’s Winning the Currency Wars?

It sounds like the plot of a bad science fiction movie. A mysterious, invisible war is going on behind the scenes of the world’s major banks, with cutthroat brinkmanship and dirty strategies to get the upper hand in the global currency markets. It’s not the plot of a grade B flick, but by many accounts, […]

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Bond Rates Plunge – But Where’s the Crisis?

Ever since the financial collapse and recession of a few years ago, financial experts have been watching the sky or signs of falling. They’ve scrutinized the behavior o US assets at home and on the world stage for sings of another collapse and recession. Currently topping the list of assets to worry about: the plunging […]

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Interest Rates: Trends for 2015?

With every new year comes a round of predictions about the financial future. This year, as in many others, the fate of interest rates in 2015 and beyond is the subject of speculation, most of it pessimistic. Financial experts and economists are once again predicting that US interest rates will soar in the coming months. […]

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The Bitcoin Bounces Back

After a rough couple of years, the Bitcoin is surging back with a vengeance. Just a year after its fall from grace in the Silk Road drug site scandal, the digital currency’s market value has even beaten gold in the world’s markets. Whether hailed as a welcome alternative to government-controlled currencies or despised as a […]

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The Dollar: The World’s Go-To Currency

When your country’s facing economic turmoil, who you gonna call? For worried consumers around the globe, the obvious answer is the trusty US dollar. Just ask the Russians. As Russia slides deeper into economic crisis, dollars are in high demand, followed by the euro. That leaves the country’s own currency, the ruble, far behind. As […]

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Looking Ahead: Another Financial Crisis?

As the US economy regains its feet after the massive financial collapse of 2008, economists are turning their gaze to the future: what will trigger the next major economic crisis – not just for the US, but also for the global economy as a whole? And a bigger question: can it be prevented? To answer […]

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Drug Lord or Hero: The Silk Road’s Founder Confounds Expectations

The Silk Road is dead. That eclectic online marketplace for trafficking in illegal substances of every kind was raided and shut down in 2013 by the FBI and other federal agencies, who confiscated its multimillion dollar store of Bit coin. But its mysterious founder, known online as Dread Pirate Roberts, continues to confound. This enigmatic […]

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Shady Trading Bilks Small Investors

In the end, Secure Investment was neither. The popular currency trading site for small investors vanished in early 2014, never to return. It took more than $1 billion in users’ money with it, and the situation offers a graphic demonstration of how to spot a financial scam. Secure Investment.com catered to smaller investors, making trading […]

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Solar Energy: Changing the Balance of Power

The sun is rising on solar energy. After a long stint on the fringes of the alternative energy movement, solar power is hitting the mainstream – and giving conventional utility providers a run for their money. Solar energy was once the darling of the well off environmentally conscious homeowners who could afford to outfit their […]

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Is the Fed Finally Ending the Stimulus?

Is it curtains for QE3? The Federal Reserve has announced that Quantitative Easing, round three, better known as QE3, is coming to an end – although key interest rates won’t rise until mid-2015. The end of the stimulus also marks the end of a massive experiment in government intervention that sparked debate both at home […]

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