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Should You Sell???

Michael Farr | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

The growth of the American and global economies are the underlying drivers for most all equity investments. A clear discipline, dogged research, and dispassionate assessment are an investor's best friends.

The Growing Pains of Investment Treaties

OECD | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
OECD

We need international capital flows to support long-term growth through a better international allocation of saving and investment. But the investment treaty system needs to be reformed to ensure that the rights of citizens, governments, enterprises and investors are respected in a mutually beneficial way.

Surprises About Homeowners' Insurance You Probably Didn't Know

Andrew Lieb | Posted 12.09.2014 | New York
Andrew Lieb

Did you know that in most States, such as New York, an insurance broker is generally not liable for their failure to advise you on what coverage you should obtain? Let this be your resource guide to advocate for your own best interest in obtaining coverage.

Design Consultancies -- The Perfect Platform for Launching Startups

Soren Petersen | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

Co-written by Martin Willers The world is experiencing a boom in interest around startups as well as in design and the combination of the two is se...

The Buyback Binge

Michael Farr | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

Remember, markets go down from time to time, and it's normal. Cool heads and steady hands make money over time.

Investing in College

Kermit Schoenholtz | Posted 11.29.2014 | College
Kermit Schoenholtz

Should we encourage people to borrow to go to college? The expected returns to a college education clearly say yes. And, our natural bias as university faculty members is to be very supportive. But, we are obliged to caution that what may be true in most cases will not be true in all.

It's Time to Abandon the Delusion of a Carbon Tax

Steven Cohen | Posted 11.29.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

The real battle -- and the one we should be fighting -- is not over the economics of carbon, but over public funding of the basic research needed to make the transition to a fossil fuel-free economy.

The Stupidest Investment Question Ever

David A. Dedman | Posted 11.18.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

To me, the stupidest investment question ever is the one that never gets asked. As an investor, how in the world will you become educated?

Another Flash Crash or Market Shutdown?

Michael Farr | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

Technology seems to have solved the trade execution issue, so I don't foresee an overwhelming market shutdown. Fidelity now offers an amazing 1 second trade confirmation guarantee.

Startup Accelerator Applying Multisided Crowdsourcing

Soren Petersen | Posted 11.08.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

Identifying and attracting potential startup firms has so far been a game of chance, with far too much money chasing far too few opportunities. Those ...

Loan Me $250,000. Please!

Michael Farr | Posted 11.04.2014 | Money
Michael Farr

I want to buy a house. Would you be willing to loan me $250,000 for 30 years at 4.25 percent? Your answer is crucially important. Before you answer, keep in mind that you will be taxed on the interest you receive.

Should Your Business Buy Or Lease?

Frank McCafferty | Posted 11.02.2014 | Small Business
Frank McCafferty

Owning a building can represent stability, success and financial security, but, despite the attractions owning often boasts over renting, logistic and economic realities often dispel the dream of ownership and replace it with tough financial facts and additional stress.

What You Should Know About Variable Annuities

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 10.28.2014 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

A variable annuity is a mutual fund-type investment contract between the investor and an insurance company, under which the insurer agrees to make periodic payments to the investor, beginning either immediately or at some future date. So how do they work?

In Retirement Planning, One Size Does Not Fit All

Catherine Golladay | Posted 10.26.2014 | Fifty
Catherine Golladay

Something as important as a 401(k) - a long-term savings vehicle that is for many people their largest or only source of retirement income - deserves the kind of care and professional management we employ in so many other areas of our lives.

Margins Remain Suspicious

Michael Farr | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

So what are the causes for optimism with regard to future earnings power? Well, the most notable are probably the recent sharp decreases in interest rates and gas prices.

"F" Words, Financial Services and You

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 10.20.2014 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

It represents everything that is bad about the financial services industry. The other side is the RIAs (Registered Investment Advisers). They represent everything that is good about the financial services industry.

Money Mumbo-Jumbo: What's The Difference Between Large and Small Cap Stocks?

David A. Dedman | Posted 10.19.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

If you're scratching your head wondering exactly what it means, you're not alone.

Crowdfunding Companies Are Not Flocking to the Coasts

Rohan Kusre | Posted 10.15.2014 | Small Business
Rohan Kusre

The Internet is doing to the crowdfunding industry what it has done to countless other industries in the economy: democratizing the process and making geographical barriers irrelevant.

The Window of M&A Opportunity for Transformative Deals Remains Open

Pip McCrostie | Posted 10.13.2014 | Business
Pip McCrostie

A broad-based recovery across a variety of sectors driven by the US should see market conditions continue to foster this trend -- making the next 6-12 months an ideal window of opportunity to do transformative deals.

Investing in Health: African Countries Expand Domestic and Innovative Financing

Deborah Derrick | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Deborah Derrick

Though we still have a long way to go, domestic spending increases among African Union nations demonstrate growing political will -- a sign that we are right on track. Most importantly, it sends a strong political message to international donors that their investments are working.

Businesses From Across America Are Investing in Britain

Patrick Davies | Posted 10.06.2014 | Business
Patrick Davies

As we at the Embassy are very fond of repeating, Britain and the US do a huge amount of business together. Perhaps that's what you would expect from two of the largest, most advanced and most open economies in the world. But you needn't take my word for it: The investment numbers for 2013-14 are in, and they are impressive.

How to Future Proof Your Workplace

Despina Katsikakis | Posted 10.05.2014 | Business
Despina Katsikakis

Technology has enabled us to work anywhere and the locations of work have extended beyond the office building, into a variety of public spaces, fundamentally altering how space is used over time, by blurring the boundaries between corporate, retail, hospitality and residential uses.

Statistics Do Not Buy Houses -- People Do

Dean Graziosi | Posted 10.05.2014 | Money
Dean Graziosi

BMO Harris Bank has released the results of a survey indicating that 59 percent of homeowners expect their home value to rise over the next year.

The Real Bill for ObamaCare

Jim Gibson | Posted 10.04.2014 | Business
Jim Gibson

or, Who Really Pays for ObamaCare? By now you are probably sick and tired of hearing about Obamacare. I mean really, the law is already enacted, i...

Our Dysfunctional National Government Is Incapable of Building a Sustainable Economy

Steven Cohen | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Steven Cohen

There are several trends in American politics that lead away from democracy, moderate demands for change, and inhibit building a federal government capable of working with the private sector to bring about a sustainable economy.