Archive for August, 2013


Bank Fraud Investigations Keep On Coming

The housing market is finally back on track after the catastrophic collapse of a few years ago. But the damage done by the nation’s biggest mortgage lenders continues to unfold, Bank of America has been grabbing headlines for its ongoing and unapologetic bad behavior, but now JP Morgan Chase, another of the megabanks responsible for […]

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Well-Crafted Agreements Prevent Legal Woes

Court dockets across the country are jammed with cases large and small that hinge on loopholes in legal agreements and contracts. For income property investors, loopholes and omissions in leases and rental agreements can cause a myriad of problems that can jeopardize the investment – and potentially land both investor and tenant in one of […]

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Protection Pays: Making the Most of Insurance

Dancers insure their legs and singers insure their vocal cords. Almost anything can be insured against loss, to the point of absurdity – and the insurance industry is happy to make money off people’s greatest fears. But the right insurance can save money – even it it’s never used. And for investors looking to make […]

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Putin Decides Jailing Entrepreneurs Not Good for Economy

The concept of object permanence is pretty important in order for a human being to achieve any level of success on this planet. In short, it allows us to realize that something still exists even when it is out of sight. For example, see this can of beer I’m holding? I’m going to put it […]

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More Lawsuits Reveal Lending Industry Fraud

Second verse, same as the first. Since the housing collapse of 2008 brought to light misleading, fraudulent and downright illegal tactics by the country’s major lenders, lawsuit after lawsuit has been filed by both government and private entities against these megabanks. But in spite of all efforts to clean up the dirty side of mortgage […]

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Do New Employment Numbers Mean the Return of Stagflation?

Stagflation – that ugly combination of stagnation and inflation – was a buzzword coined in the dark economic times of the seventies and rarely heard since. But according to a new report from The Street, even though today’s employment numbers appear to hint at a modest upswing in the economic recovery, a closer look suggests […]

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Is Investing Power Shifting Westward?

The sun may be setting on Asian investing power. Although the past few years have seen a surge in growth for rapidly developing countries such as China as well as the mature economies of Japan and Hong Kong, new data reported recently by Business Insider suggest that the pendulum of economic clout may be swinging […]

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Top 5 Real Estate Scams: Old Tricks, New Tools

Scam artists flourish in desperate times. And for many people, the years following the housing collapse of 2008 have been pretty desperate, thanks to a weak economy and bleak job outlook. The resulting turmoil in the housing market has opened new doors for scammers and schemers taking advantage of new tools to target victims at […]

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Cash for Real Estate May Not Be a Bargain

Even as housing prices are continuing to rise around the country, some houses are going up for sale for unimaginably low prices – $1,000, $500 and even a dollar. But even those stunt prices don’t alter the fact that paying cash for a quick buy on a cheap property may end up yielding less than […]

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Palladium: The Other Silver Metal

Palladium is the hottest metal you’ve never heard of. Currently outperforming other precious metals in the markets, this cousin of platinum is showing its strengths even as gold, long the standard of financial stability, drops to levels not seen in three decades. The fate of palladium and gold are entwined with the ups and downs […]

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