Archive for January, 2014


A Unanimous Decision Keeps the Fed’s Taper Going

Months after it was first announced, the Federal Reserve’s plan to taper down its massive stimulus plan is gathering steam. After scaling back its $85 billion monthly buyup of mortgage baked securities and bonds by $10 billion, the Fed’s Open Market Committee has now voted to lop off another $10 billion. That brings the monthly […]

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Danger Signs for the Bitcoin in Exchange CEO’s Arrest?

Is there a plot to kill the Bitcoin? The recent arrest of Bitcoin exchange exec Charlie Shrem makes some advocates of the digital currency believe so, as one of the charges filed against him in the Silk Road money laundering case appears to open the door for targeting alternative currency systems of all kinds. Charlie […]

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The Long Reach of Shadow Banking

Shadow banking – the financial world most have never heard of – stepped into the light recently with news from China about an investigation into that country’s system of unregulated financial dealings. While it’s easy to assume that this alternative to mainstream banks is purely a phenomenon of countries with a history of secrecy and […]

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Mobile Banking Apps May Put Data at Risk

Need to make a trade at three AM? Or shift money between accounts while you’re waiting in the airport? There’s an app for that. But although money management apps from online stores and financial institutions make 24/7 banking easy, a new study by cybersecuirty expert Ariel Sanchez finds that at least 90 percent of those […]

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What Wilderness Adventure Can Teach Investors

Throughout human history, wanderers and adventurers have been returning home with stories of challenging the natural world – and winning. And what they learned about overcoming fear and persevering became an inspiration for other kinds of endeavors too. Now, a modern day adventurer hopes that lessons learned from polar treks and mountain climbs can help […]

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Can New TechnologyThwart Snooping?

As information continues to hit the news about the scope of the National Security Agency’s domestic data collection efforts, new industries are springing up to fill a niche that’s suddenly booming: technology that blocks snooping and protects users from threats abroad – or, as many see it, their own government. It’s a fertile field for […]

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Do You Have a Dirty Digital Footprint?

A 2013 circuit court ruling declared that for legal purposes, you are your social media profile. As the lines between our digital lives and the “real world” keep on blurring, the footprints we leave in cyberspace can – and usually will – be used against us in situations ranging fro job applications to mortgage loans […]

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US Markets Still Lure Foreign Investment

Is foreign money propping up the US economic recovery? International investing in key economic sectors continues to grow every year – and that raises concerns that foreign investment could crush its US competitors and compromise growth in the long term. That’s a paradox that experts are watching in the newly rebounding housing market, where foreign […]

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Life After Lawsuits: Megabanks Try to Regroup

After racking up over $40 billion in legal fees fighting government sponsored lawsuits over the past few years, Bank of America wants you to know it’s changed its ways. Faced with allegations of mistreating both its customers and employees after th death of an overworked intern at one of its London branches, the bank – […]

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Too Much Information = Too Little Action?

A little knowledge, so they say, is a dangerous thing. But in an age of 24/7 access to information about anything, too much knowledge may not be a good thing either. As psychologists, efficiency experts and financial advisors point out, it’s all too easy to become paralyzed by the constant need to learn more, stay […]

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