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The Venture Capital Paradox Explained: Interview With Silicon Valley Legend Vinod Khosla

James Grundvig | Posted 12.04.2012 | Technology
James Grundvig

Two Silicon Valley technology conferences in mid-September came up with opposing headlines, not unlike two colliding neutron stars. They are also contrarian coming from two elite members of the venture capital community.

Trading: A Gambler's Game? (Part 1)

Zaheer Anwari | Posted 12.04.2012 | Business
Zaheer Anwari

By trading using the daily and weekly chart, minimal time is spent in the markets, maximum results are yielded and the one thing we require most of all -- our time -- can be spent exactly how we choose to. After all, who wants to spend all day staring at a screen?

Macy Gray Doesn't Know She's Worth $38M

Reuters | Posted 12.03.2012 | Money

By Lou Carlozo CHICAGO, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Ask Macy Gray about her net worth, and the Grammy-winning R&B singer and son...

The Best, Boring Investment Advice You'll Ever Receive

Dan Solin | Posted 12.02.2012 | Business
Dan Solin

It's unfortunate that most investors succumb to the sales pitch of brokers and advisers who tell them they can "beat the markets." If your broker falls into this category (and almost all of them do), ask her to describe her methodology. If it is based on past performance, is she able to predict tomorrow's news?

$10 Billion in Hidden Costs: It's Time for Mutual Funds to Level the Playing Field

Miles Livingston | Posted 11.28.2012 | Business
Miles Livingston

Mutual fund investors who choose no-load funds with low management fees no doubt think they are getting the best possible deal. But even investors in "low cost" funds get hit with hidden costs that amount to more than $10 billion annually.

The Ethical Investor: Wall Street Ripoff #5 - Convincing You That Money Markets Are the Same As Cash

John R. Talbott | Posted 11.28.2012 | Money
John R. Talbott

If you want to hold cash, make sure it is held as cash in either currency or a very liquid guaranteed instrument like an FDIC guaranteed bank CD. Don't take your broker's word for it, make him show you the documents.

What Is Good for the Poor Is Good for the Country

Keith Weigelt | Posted 11.24.2012 | Business
Keith Weigelt

Taoists perceive nature differently than many. It is the nature of mathematics that one is given the choice to see the world as discrete units (algebra), or continuous motion (calculus). It is the same with strategy.

The Ethical Investor: Wall Street Ripoff #4 -- Turning You Into a Passive Investor

John R. Talbott | Posted 11.21.2012 | Money
John R. Talbott

Completely passive investing in which investors hold a very broad diversified mutual fund or index fund, and hold it forever under a buy and hold strategy creates its own unique set of problems for the individual investor and for the market in general.

High-Frequency Trading: Made-up and Real

Irene Aldridge | Posted 11.19.2012 | Business
Irene Aldridge

Opinions on high-frequency trading run the gamut. On one hand we find individuals who fear that HF traders are nothing more than "hackers" seeking to game the markets. But the extent of their hiring implies that the industry is enormously profitable and here to stay.

My Big Fat Geek Wedding

Rick Schwartz | Posted 11.19.2012 | Small Business
Rick Schwartz

I've been a movie producer for over ten years. But after a few sidelong glances, late night flirtations and moments of soul-searching, I've decided to stop cheating on my day job and commit to a new life partner. I'm now officially a software mogul.

Impact Investing Goes Green

Mark Tercek | Posted 11.17.2012 | Green
Mark Tercek

As the field of impact investing gains momentum, we have an exciting opportunity to unlock a whole new source of funding to further magnify our impact on the lands and waters that sustain all life.

The Ethical Investor: Wall Street Ripoff #3 - Hiding Fees and Expenses

John R. Talbott | Posted 11.14.2012 | Money
John R. Talbott

In addition to the egregious stated fees, stockbrokers, mutual funds and financial advisors on Wall Street have many methods to hide additional fees and charges from you.

Online Financial Advisors: Are They Worth It?

Catherine New | Posted 11.12.2012 | Money
Catherine New

Retirement plans are like sausage. I want mine to be fat and juicy, and until recently I really didn't care how it was made. But then I got a peek at ...

Shoes, Priorities And Economics

Ike Ikokwu | Posted 11.12.2012 | Black Voices
Ike Ikokwu

While some may look at the booming sales of such an extravagant item as a sign of a recovering economy, I caution that optimism. How many customers are on food stamps, welfare, or unemployment?

Big and Bigger Lies About Bond Fund Managers

Dan Solin | Posted 11.11.2012 | Business
Dan Solin

Most often, investors looking for higher returns from their bond holdings invest in actively managed bond funds. They believe an active bond manager has the investment skill likely to increase returns over the benchmark index, while taking no more risk.

Africa Is Not Hopeless

Ruzan Sarwar | Posted 11.07.2012 | World
Ruzan Sarwar

Africa will never pull itself out of its economic abyss. Everyone in Africa lives in poverty. The kids are all malnourished. Malaria is ubiquitous and...

The True Meaning of Diversification, From Alexa von Tobel (WATCH)

Posted 08.22.2013 | MarloThomas

What exactly does diversification mean for investing? When Alexa von Tobel, Founder & CEO of, joined me on Mondays with Marlo she told m...

Saving For Retirement On A Budget, From Alexa von Tobel (WATCH)

Posted 08.21.2013 | MarloThomas

From maximizing your company's 401K offerings to opening your own Roth IRA, Alexa von Tobel, Founder & CEO of, recently joined me on Mon...

Should You Refinance Near Retirement?

Posted 09.08.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT By Joe Udo Mortgage rates are near historical lows. But should you refinance if you are near retirement? I...

The Ethical Investor: Wall Street Ripoff #2 - Encouraging Too Much Diversification

John R. Talbott | Posted 11.07.2012 | Money
John R. Talbott

Investors have been sold a very big lie over the years, that greater diversification always leads to higher risk adjusted returns.

Social Insecurity -- Your Investment Is No Retirement Plan

Ike Ikokwu | Posted 11.05.2012 | Money
Ike Ikokwu

My advice, at least for those of us still in the workforce, is this: If you're planning on Social Security to be your main retirement income, don't.

The Big Lie Is a Cruel Hoax

Dan Solin | Posted 11.04.2012 | Business
Dan Solin

The perpetuation of the myth that you can pick outperforming actively managed funds through "research" is a cruel hoax. It makes ordinary investors feel inadequate when their efforts fail.

Drop Trou, Lose Everything

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.05.2012 | Money

Perhaps banks should be more specific in the HR handbook: Don't drop trou and point your rear at the boss. An Illinois appeals court ruled last wee...

The Ethical Investor: Wall Street Ripoff #1 - Providing Nominal Returns, Not Real Returns

John R. Talbott | Posted 10.30.2012 | Money
John R. Talbott

In speaking with my financial advisory clients, I find the most misunderstood concept is the difference between nominal returns and real returns. And Wall Street brokers and bankers are very quick to take advantage of this situation.

The Future of Venture Capital

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 10.29.2012 | Technology
Michael B. Fishbein

We're at the start of a major shift in the way technology startups are funded. Open-source technology, cloud computing, and online distribution have made it cheaper than ever to build a product and get customers.