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5 Easy-to-Achieve Personal Finance Resolutions for the New Year

SALT | Posted 03.08.2015 | Money
SALT

To help you kick off 2015 on the right foot, we've come up with five small, practical changes that can make a big difference in your financial wellbeing. Give one or all of them a shot over the coming months and watch your nest egg grow.

5 Of The World's Best Places To Buy A Second Home In The Sun In 2015

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 03.08.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Which overseas property markets should have your attention this shiny new year? The world is alive right now with markets in crisis and markets benefiting from the strong dollar (and the weak euro). Specifically, here are five places where you could get a great deal on a second home in the sun.

Stocks Tumble Again In Worst Start To Year Since 2008

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business

Wall Street suffered more losses Tuesday as stocks fell for the fifth straight day, in the worst start to a year since 2008. Stocks fell with the p...

Why a Greek Exit Should Be Feared

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

A Greek exit from the Eurozone could be catastrophic. The country would be shunned from international markets, with a new/old currency that would devalue severely. Nevertheless, the bigger risk for investors is that the turmoil spreads to larger neighboring countries.

3 Investing Lessons We Learned Last Year

WiserAdvisor.com | Posted 03.01.2015 | Money
WiserAdvisor.com

Let's take a look at this past year in terms of the markets, economy and overall financial atmosphere -- and see what lessons we can apply to the year ahead.

My Favorite Posts From 2014

David A. Dedman | Posted 03.01.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

I wrote quite a few articles this past year. Today I wanted to provide a list of my favorite posts of 2014. All of these are from my blog, The Diligen...

Time to Get Excited?!

Michael Farr | Posted 02.28.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

Surging stock prices will likely increase rather than decrease the costs of saving for retirement for most folks. Why? Because most people, including baby boomers who are inching closer to "retirement age", remain vastly underprepared for retirement.

Why Do You Care What the Market Did Today?

Ken Weber | Posted 02.27.2015 | Business
Ken Weber

Unless you're in the investment business, you don't need to know how the market is doing every business day. It's better to take a long-term view of all of your investments -- or enlist the services of a respected registered investment advisor to manage your money.

3 Weirdly Accurate Reasons to Stop Saving for Retirement in 2015

Garrett B. Gunderson | Posted 02.24.2015 | Business
Garrett B. Gunderson

If you're making contributions to retirement plans and you don't have these three things dealt with properly, then temporarily stopping those investments is an important part of getting your finances in order.

"Money: Master The Game:" Book Review

Ira Israel | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Ira Israel

It is astonishing that someone so bright and well-intentioned does not see the hypocrisy in calling taxes a "drag," "destructive" and "the culprit" and then complaining that money was "slashed" from an entitlement program.

Buckle Down Or Mess Around? You Decide

Jonathan K. DeYoe | Posted 02.21.2015 | Money
Jonathan K. DeYoe

There are goods and services many of us decide to pay for, because we value the help of someone who knows what they're doing -- especially when we don't. Financial services are no different.

How I Manage My Stock Portfolio

Thaddeus McCarthy | Posted 02.20.2015 | Business
Thaddeus McCarthy

What I have done with my stock portfolio in the past month is to go from being 99 percent invested in stocks to about 75 percent. The reason that I sold some stock to move into some cash was however, not at all panic selling.

Should You Pay Down Debt or Invest?

Neal Frankle | Posted 02.18.2015 | Business
Neal Frankle

There is more to life than money - but you already know that. And when you are faced with the option of paying off debt or investing you have to look inside for an answer too. Maybe the numbers do favor holding on to the debt and investing, but how does that leave you feeling?

Should the Fed Be Worried About Deflation?

Michael Farr | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

For an economy heavily dependent on consumer spending, this is not a trivial consideration.

For The Kids: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Rich Linton | Posted 02.17.2015 | Money
Rich Linton

As the holidays approach, so do requests from family and friends about what to give the kids this year. Instead of asking for the hottest toy this year, consider a gift that will actually keep on giving: an investment in your child's future.

Smart Shopping: How to Spend Money and Feel Great Long-Term

Miriam Ava | Posted 02.15.2015 | Money
Miriam Ava

By now most of us have realized and put into practice that saving and investing money is vital to achieving financial fitness; so then, what's the smartest way to spend the money you choose to spend?

Dow 18,000 Spooking You?

David A. Dedman | Posted 02.10.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

A market high does not indicate a looming correction, nor a market that will continue up like a rocket going into orbit. So there's the confusion as to what investors should do when we hit these new levels.

Smart People: Bad Financial Decisions

Steven Abernathy | Posted 02.10.2015 | Money
Steven Abernathy

Why do smart people make poor decisions? More importantly, why do they keep making poor decisions? Perhaps they study stocks, market fluctuations, or market indicators. But only a fractional percentage of investors manage to "beat" the market.

Is Housing Cost as a Percentage of Income a Failing Measure?

Dean Graziosi | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Dean Graziosi

Real estate practitioners love times like these for marketing, as they can show that in most markets it's cheaper to buy than to rent. With interest rates still low and owned homes having to compete with foreclosures in the market, prices of homes not in foreclosure haven't been rising much.

Aggressive High-Frequency Trading in Stocks

Irene Aldridge | Posted 02.07.2015 | Business
Irene Aldridge

Why does aggressive HFT participation matter? Multiple academic studies have confirmed that aggressive HFTs worsen market conditions for institutional investors.

How Much Money Is Enough?

David A. Dedman | Posted 02.08.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

I've never heard of anyone at the end of their life as they take their last breath, saying they wish they had saved more money. The most important things in life don't involve money at all, like our relationships with our family and friends, or simple pleasures like taking a walk or reading a book.

The Squeeze of the Middle Class

Michael Farr | Posted 02.04.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The median household income in 2013 was only slightly above that reported for 1995 (after adjusting for inflation), while costs for necessities like housing (rent), health care, and education are making it much more difficult for middle-class folks to get by. 

Kick the 10 Bad Habits of the Chronically Indebted

Natalie Pace | Posted 02.03.2015 | Money
Natalie Pace

Do you deny yourself even small treats to try and balance your unsustainable budget, which is often supplemented from a credit card or by siphoning off home equity? Did you know that all of these are signs of being chronically indebted?

3 Investing Mistakes Millennials Don't Know They Are Making

Shannah L. Compton | Posted 02.03.2015 | College
Shannah L. Compton

While millennials are off dreaming up the next big technology company or figuring out complex solutions to worldwide problems, they should also be thinking about investing as a great way to build towards their retirement.

How to Raise Capital But Preserve Your Equity: Royalty Based Crowdfunding (Interview With Arthur Lipper)

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 02.01.2015 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

With nowadays technology which keeps simplifying revenue management while making crowdfunding platforms as commodities, I believe royalty based crowdfunding is set to be one of the most popular models in the next two-three years.