Posts Tagged ‘housing market’


Bitcoin For Real Estate: A New Frontier

In spite of outcry from government banks and cyberpolice worried about connections to Internet crime, the Bitcoin just keeps on trucking, with more and more sellers accepting the digital currency. But the growing use of Bitcoin for buying real estate is raising concerns about the digital coin’s staying power and stability. Bitcoin’s splashy entrance into […]

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The Stimulus Fades, But Interest Rates Stay Low

The ongoing draw down of the Federal Reserve’s Quantitative Easing plan is in full swing, with another $10 billion slashed from the buyout budget every couple of months. According to predictions, that should cause interest rates to jump. But despite the fading of the Fed’s artificial manipulation, those rates are hovering close to the historically […]

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Successful Investors Use Their Heads

It’s the stuff of happy endings everywhere: a gut feeling a tug at the heart or an intuition opens doors to just the right thing. That can be true in money matters, too – but financial experts say that the best investing outcomes are those driven by cool, collected logic: objective, not subjective, thinking. Subjective […]

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The US: The Last Superpower Standing?

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5 Investing Mistakes That Cost You Money

Investing is supposed to make you money, not make you lose it. But it’s easy to fall into a few traps that can cause exactly that – whether you’re new to investing or have been around the block a few times. Regardless of how you’re investing, financial professionals point to five common mistakes that can […]

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Gen Y: Changing the Economic Game

Move over, baby boomers. There’s a batch of new kids in town, and their numbers have knocked you out of first place as the biggest age cohort in the country. We’re talking about the millennials, or Generation Y, whose buying patterns and lifestyle choices are changing the face of the economy in ways large and […]

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Is a College Degree Worth the Cost?

It’s often said that there are lies, damn lies and statistics – a pithy way to remind us that although numbers may not lie, they may paint a distorted picture of a larger reality. Case in point: a recent Economic Policy Institute study which claims that college graduates earn nearly one hundred percent ore than […]

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What’s the Right Retirement Age Anyway?

For decades, 65 has been that magic age for “retirement” – leaving a longtime job and riding off into the golden years with visions of vacations, grandkids and hobbies dancing through graying heads. But a variety of social, economic and personal factors are turning the notion of a true retirement age on its head. And […]

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America’s Getting Younger – And Making Changes

Move over, baby boomers. The younger generation is taking over – at least in terms of population. The latest US Census Bureau stats reveal that the much-analyzed baby boomers, those people born between 1947 and 1960 or so, are no longer the country’s biggest demographic. They’ve been replaced by a much younger cohort of people […]

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Yes, You Need a Personal Brand

Brands aren’t just for cattle or cans of soup anymore. Whether you’re a job applicant, entrepreneur or professional in virtually any field, you need a way to stand out from the crowd in this increasingly busy digital world. That’s why marketing experts and coaches recommend cultivating a personal brand – and cultivating that kind of […]

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In a Soft Economy, Wary Buyers Look, But Don’t Leap

The US economy has come a long way since the historic housing collapse of 2008. But a relatively flat employment picture and tighter lending standards may be slowing that recovery down. Case in point: the rebounding housing market, where would be buyers are increasingly browsing, but not committing to a purchase. After a promising year […]

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Renting: The New American Dream?

Owning a home, with or without a white picket fence, has always been a cherished part of the “American Dream” of stability and security. But in the world after the great housing collapse, for many people renting may be a more sensible option than buying a home. And that’s a different kind of dream that […]

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Mixed Messages on Housing Shadow Economic Recovery

Is the housing market in recovery? Or decline? It depends on who you ask – and when. New figures suggest that the much-touted housing recovery may have flattened after a promising surge in 2013 – a trend that, if true, has significant consequences for the health of the economy as a whole. But the housing […]

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Long Term Assets Mean Lower Capital Gains Taxes

In the fast paced world of investing, it can seem that progfts come from a rapid-fire sequence of buying and selling – and the less flashy route of holding onto assets for long term returns can seem too cautious and slow. But when tax time rolls around, it’s those investing hares who end up losing […]

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Gold Glitters, But Does It Build Wealth?

Precious metals, most notably gold, are rebounding in international money markets after a fairly long slump, sparking new interest among investors. But in spite of gold’s storied past and the cachet attached to international gold trading, the bright metal’s value as a wealth building asset is actually quite limited. Precious metals investing offers investors the […]

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Are Precious Metals Just a Flash in the Investing Pan?

After a long downturn, the prices of gold and silver are bouncing back, sparking a flurry of tranasatcions as investors try to take advantage of the upswing. But while trading in gold has its own glamour, wise investors who see past the glitter know that precous metals really don’t offer much in the way of […]

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The Hierarchy of Human Needs Guides Consumer Behavior

“You can’t always get what you want,” sang the Rolling Stones. But, as the next line goes, you might find you get what you need. What people really need has been debated by experts in economics, psychology, and many other fields. But it turns out that a theory from the 1940s offers a paradigm of […]

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Who’s Really Paying For Bank Settlements?

Since 2010 the nation’s biggest banks have paid out billions in settlements over fraud, misrepresentation and downright illegal banking practices. But lawsuit after lawsuit continues to catch the megabanks red handed, with no apparent damage done by those multimillion-dollar payouts. Where do the big banks get their money? From the very government that’s prosecuting them. […]

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Property or Currency? The IRS Weighs In On the Bitcoin

It’s been said that nothing’s certain but death and taxes, and while the former may not apply to the Bitcoin, the latter certainly does. The IRS has caught up with the ever-growing virtual currency. And the tax police’s new guidelines only add to the questions about what to do with the digital challenger to the […]

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International Students Boost the Economy

Tensions may be rising all over the world, but strained international relations don’t seem able to stop students from venturing abr4oad for both short term and full degree study programs. According to recent statistics from the Institute of International Education, around 800,000 international students attend American colleges and universities each year – and they’re helping […]

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