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The Stupidest Investment Question Ever

David A. Dedman | Posted 09.18.2014 | 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 09.11.2014 | 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 09.15.2014 | 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. Thos...

Loan Me $250,000. Please!

Michael Farr | Posted 09.04.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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 08.28.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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 08.22.2014 | 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 08.20.2014 | 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 08.20.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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 08.05.2014 | 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 08.05.2014 | 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 08.05.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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.

You Need Less Than You Think to Retire

Neal Frankle | Posted 08.03.2014 | Money
Neal Frankle

Financial experts near and far suggest that you'll need millions in order to even dream of retiring one day. Phooey. With proper planning, some flexibility, and a little of out-of-the-box thinking you can easily retire with far less than you think.

Joint Venture: Business Agreement for International Trade

Darilyn Aquino | Posted 07.29.2014 | Business
Darilyn Aquino

You must keep in mind that a joint venture is particularly aimed at obtaining the respective commercial benefits, but does not include all business or economic activities of the participating members.

Enough Fed! Give Free Markets a Chance!

Michael Farr | Posted 07.25.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

The widespread expansion of credit to car-buyers, especially to sub-prime borrowers, is beginning to cause some industry observers to cry "bubble." Is this economic progress?

Need to Sell but Can't? Turn Your Home Into an Investment Property

Dean Graziosi | Posted 09.20.2014 | Money
Dean Graziosi

If you're in a need-to-move situation and can't sell your home, you may be in better shape than you think. Throw off the negative thoughts and the "sell when I can" attitude and think like an investor.

The First 50 Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms

Jorge Newbery | Posted 09.15.2014 | Business
Jorge Newbery

From less than 10 a year ago to over 50 today, real estate crowdfunding platforms are sprouting up like World Cup fans in the United States.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.

Climate Change And Global Development in the 21st Century, Pt. III

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

The emergence of an acceleration ecology for distributed solar power and storage technologies indicates the approach of a tipping point that begins to spawn an independent global power "hive" that operates largely beyond the purview of the regulated electric power grid.