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Tax Reform And AMT: What You Should Know

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:14:00 -0500

Your taxes, as well as the rest of your financial life, are like a set of dominoes. Changing one piece almost inevitably affects others. This is especially true when it comes to the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), which under the new bill remains in place but will undergo significant changes.


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Bitcoin Flirts With $20k But Can't Commit To Latest Milestone

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:36:00 -0500

What is causing Bitcoin to fluctuate below $20,000?


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Trust In Stockmarket 'Greater Than Bitcoin' But Not By Much - Survey

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:48:00 -0500

A survey on consumer attitudes towards Bitcoin in the U.S. has revealed that while those canvassed across the nation still had more in the stockmarket than the leading cryptocurrency by market capitalization, the gap is fairly narrow. And most respondees were only willing to invest $1,000 or less.


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3 Websites To Check To Be Informed Before Giving To Charity

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:06:00 -0500

Take a minute or two to be informed about your charity before you write a check.


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7 Steps To Take Before The Year Is Over

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:00:00 -0500

Here are some actions you can take before the year is over as an opportunity to make sure you are doing everything to improve your own financial wellness during 2018 (and beyond):


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Highs & Lows: 5 Lesser-Known Markets Hitting Extremes

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:52:00 -0500

The stock market dominates the headlines, but there are other asset classes setting new records. They may provide a clue for what to expect in 2018.


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LGBTQ People Can Change Their Financial Security By First Changing Their Money Mentality

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:35:00 -0500

Humans are ruled by our unconscious thoughts. Many LGBTQ people are burdened with negative unconscious thoughts and limiting beliefs about ourselves, our worth and what we deserve. This five-step plan will help change those thoughts and beliefs to bring about more personal and professional success.


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The New 2018 Federal Income Tax Brackets & Rates

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:18:00 -0500

Here are the 2018 federal income tax brackets, standard deduction, credits, and itemized deductions based on the new GOP tax plan.


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Grams, The Google Of The Dark Web Has Shuttered Operations

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:25:00 -0500

Rising costs and unreliable accounting has led to the closure of the darknets favorite search engine.


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What's Your New Tax Bracket In The Final GOP Tax Plan?

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:40:00 -0500

Find out if your tax bracket will change with the new bill.


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The Tax Bill Is Finalized: Who's Happy, And Who's Not?

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:21:00 -0500

The final tax law is here, and it appears the bill will pass by the middle of next week. Who should be happy, and who shouldn't?


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A Year In Berkshire Hathaway's Tech Stocks

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:21:00 -0500

Though he has since changed his mind, Buffett famously avoided tech stocks for more than the first 30 years of his investing career






The 7 Best Investing Apps For 2018

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:57:00 -0500

Become a better investor in the new year with this list of the best investing apps for 2018.


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Asked To Advise On The Creation Of A New World, I Said YES!

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:05:00 -0500

Oliver Oram is advising on the development of a Cryptocurrency token for Entrpia Universe, a virtual world, with a digital currency, assets and services.


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What The GOP Tax Cut Will Mean For Older Adults

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:37:00 -0500

The GOP tax cut will significantly reduce taxes for high-income seniors but only modestly for others. It may also open the door to big changes in Medicare and Social Security.


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The Debt Is Too Damn High: Burdened With Student Debt, Borrowers Build Solutions For Themselves

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:19:00 -0500

As America's student debt continues to pile up, a new crop of financial technology startups are offering borrowers consolation and many of them built by borrowers themselves.


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Autographed Babe Ruth MVP Letter Kept In Closet For 50 Years Smashes Auction Record

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:12:00 -0500

The finest Babe Ruth hand-written letter in existence recently surfaced. It raises the big question: why did baseball only give him one MVP award?


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How To Beat Your Mid-Life Money Crisis

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:18:00 -0500

Getting older can bring on a sense of crisis, leading to all sorts of daft purchases and life choices. It can also be a time of panic, particularly if you haven't started planning properly for retirement.


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The 15-Stock 'Free Lunch' Portfolio

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:15:00 -0500

If you'd invested $100,000 in the Free Lunch Portfolio in 2000 and rebalanced every year, you'd have $1.68 million. By contrast, a $100,000 investment in the S&P 500 would be worth $255,000 now.


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This Is How Net Neutrality's End Will Hurt Low And Moderate Income People

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:47:00 -0500

The end of net neutrality likely spells problems for consumers. But it holds particular pain for people of lower economic means, affecting government services, job hunting, and higher education.


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Ask Larry: ​​Was I Misinformed By SSA?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:04:00 -0500

Today’s column addresses wrong information from SSA, filing after divorce, evaluating hearsay about COLAs, the availability of spousal benefits and the conversion of a disability benefit to a retirement benefit at FRA.


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Here's Why You Need To Save For Retirement, And It's Not Pretty

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:25:00 -0500

Why should you save for retirement? To avoid throwing yourself on the mercy of others when you no longer can cope with daily living. Too many people, when younger, don’t get that.


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The Best Way To Avoid Getting Buried By Debt

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:20:00 -0500

You don't have to rack up ginormous credit card bills. Here's how you can avoid spending yourself into deep debt.


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Bitcoin IRA Investing: Three Crucial First Steps

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Contrary to popular opinion, IRAs are not limited to stocks, mutual funds and other Wall Street-centric asset classes.


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The December 31 Deadline For A Clever Roth IRA Move

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:11:00 -0500

Here’s a way to boost your last-gasp deduction for state taxes.


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Why Amazon Will Now Sell Apple TV And Google Chromecast

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:06:00 -0500

Amazon will start selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast on its site - following a two-year ban. Here's why.


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Two Ways To Donate To Charity With Little Impact On Your Finances Today

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:03:00 -0500

If you aren't sure if you can to give to charity now, don't worry. You can plan to impact your charity in a big way in the future when you are positive you won't need the money yourself.


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The Best Tracking Apps To Meet Your New Year Goals

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:58:00 -0500

Apps that empower you to set, track and meet your new year goals.


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Ripple Up More Than 90% In Last 24 Hours

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:58:00 -0500

Ripple rose 90% in 24 hours, but what caused this sharp gain?


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Here's Fiat Money's Advantage Over Bitcoin That Many Seem To Forget

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:26:00 -0500

Is bitcoin a risk asset you should own? Probably not, unless you are prepared for some serious pain whenever the price heads south.


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Ether Climbs Past $750, Up More Than 9,000% This Year

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:53:00 -0500

Ether broke through $750. Where will it go next?


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6 Tips To Help Queer People Close The Sexual Orientation Pay Gap

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:35:00 -0500

To fight the sexual orientation pay gap, queer people need to advocate more for ourselves. These six tips will help queer people better sell ourselves with our self-assessments during this annual performance review season.


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Millennials: Here's How To Focus And Meet Your Goals

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Technology can be distracting, but it can also help you focus and become more productive and efficient. The choice is yours with these resources.


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Fed Raises Rates For Third Time In 2017 As U.S. Economy Chugs Along

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:02:00 -0500

At the conclusion of the Federal Open Market Committee's two-day meeting, policymakers hiked the benchmark interest rate from 1.25% to 1.5%.


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Planning To Sell Your House? The Tax Reform Bill May Make You Reconsider

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:37:00 -0500

Currently homeowners pay no taxes on capital gains from the sale of their home on up to $250,000 ($500,000 for married taxpayers). The proposed tax bill may change that.


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Joyful Collector Recovers His Long-Lost Baseball Autograph Albums And Boyhood

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:13:00 -0500

Sometime in the early 1960s a boy's cherished baseball autograph albums disappeared. Then they mysteriously reappeared a half century later, transporting the 68-year-old man back to his childhood.


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How To Rent Out Your Vacation Home And Not Get Slammed By The IRS

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:12:00 -0500

Want to rent out your vacation home? You’d better know the tax rules first. Here’s a handy guide.


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Today's Technological, Monetary And Political Forces Are Raising a Perfect Economic Storm

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:18:00 -0500

Technological, monetary and political entities are joining forces to stir up a maelstrom of change that is going to bombard all of us. I’m not an exception, and neither are you.


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The Largest U.S. Charities For 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:45:00 -0500

United Way Worldwide still leads the list, but contributions continue a long decline.


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How To Analyze A Charity Before Giving

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:45:00 -0500

Look at financial efficiencies, then ask lots of questions


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Why 2017 Is The Year To Give To Charity (If You Want A Tax Break)

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:45:00 -0500

Check out these three ways to get a bigger tax break and amplify your charitable donations, in light of the tax cuts bill.


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Ask Larry: Can I File On My Ex's Earnings Record?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:17:00 -0500

Today’s column examines the availability of divorced spousal benefits, the earnings test, getting enough insured quarters to be eligible for a retirement benefit, foreign pensions and the WEP and sequencing available benefits.


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4 Solid Ways To Give Wisely This Holiday Season

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:15:00 -0500

There is such a thing as a bad charity. Here's how you can avoid them.


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Your Holiday Tipping Guide: How Much To Give, And To Whom

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:00:00 -0500

It can be confusing to know how much to tip and to whom, so we’ve broken it down for you.


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California Taxes Already Prompt Moving Then Selling, No Deduction Could Mean Exodus

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:55:00 -0500

Moving to avoid California's taxes is already a big trend. Just imaging if state income taxes are no longer deductible.


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The U.S. States With The Most People In Debt [Infographic]

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:04:00 -0500

Across the United States, 33 percent of people have debt that has gone into collections, meaning they have unpaid bills creditors have either closed or are trying to collect. Which states have the highest share of residents in debt?


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You Could Have Been A Bitcoin Billionaire (And Other Myths)

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:37:00 -0500

How much money could you have made if you invested in Bitcoin when it was first launched? Here's the answer, and why it could harm your future investing decisions.


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3 Gifts That Will Help People Save Money

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

What gifts are you planning to give those on your list this year? Give some thought to giving the gift of a solid financial future.


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How Far Will A 2.4% Pay Increase Really Go?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:00:00 -0500

Most military publications are predicting one of the largest military pay increases in a long time. No matter the percentage, there are many steps to maximize any increase in pay at the beginning of each year.


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U.S. SEC Stops 'Munching' Munchee's ICO After Reg Concerns Raised

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:06:00 -0500

As the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) halts an initial coin offering (ICO) in San Francisco-based Munchee Inc., a blockchain-based food review service that sought to raise $15 million, SEC Chairman Clayton has issued a statement on the cyptocurrency and ICO markets for 'Main Street'.


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Crypto Market Value Surpasses $500 Billion As Interest Surges

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:40:00 -0500

The digital currency market's value has risen more than 2,500% this year. What will it do next?


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Corporate Tax Flim Flam: 20% Pulled From A Top Hat

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:31:00 -0500

Republican Murphymen, alumni of Goldman Sachs, surely concocted this 20% corporate tax plank, but the number is unsound, uncalled for and doesn’t flow out of postwar financial history.



Stuck In The Work And Life Balancing Act? Focus On Progress

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:54:00 -0500

Is there hope for the work-life equation, or is it time to let it go?


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The Jobs Report Misled You, Job & Wage Growth Are Actually Decelerating

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:07:00 -0500

Looking ahead, 2018 should be another year for growth. So I look around and ask, what could endanger that? I think the biggest risk is central bank policy error.


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Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs): The Real News And The Fake News

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:51:00 -0500

Exchange Traded Funds or ETFs, have now become a potent force in the day-to-day life of investment markets and investors. An ETF is a security that trades on a stock exchange like a stock, but it is not an operating business. It is a portfolio of securities that is intended to mimic an index.


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Litecoin Rally Continues, Crypto Up More Than 7,500% Year-To-Date

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:42:00 -0500

Litecoin keeps pushing higher, but what is fueling this sharp rally?


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Alternatives Rising: California's Three Bell Capital

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:58:00 -0500

Three Bell Capital ranked #1 on the Top 100 Emerging Wealth Management Firms by RIA Channel.


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SAPVoice: When Corporate Anti-Bodies Attack Innovation, This Is How Banks Fight Back

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:30:00 -0500

Why AI, machine learning and other technology advancements aren’t all bad for society, and how established financial institutions can learn to innovate.


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Best Credit Cards For Everyday Use

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:20:00 -0500

For those looking to carry just one rewards credit card, here is a list of the best credit cards for everyday use.


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Government Scheme To Boost Saving Habit Postponed

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:39:00 -0500

The Help to Save scheme is designed to help get people into the savings habit, but the full launch has now been pushed back until late next year


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Just 100: 14 CEOs On Why Treating Workers Well Is Good For Business

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

CEOs from 14 companies on Forbes' Just 100 list speak out on why treating workers well is good for business.


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Goldman's Green Inspiration? The Marketplace

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

For Goldman Sachs, environmental sustainability is driving new business opportunities. On Monday evening, the firm's over $1 trillion asset management business launched an ETF that will track an index of companies possessing " just business behavior" as determined by Paul Tudor Jones' Just Capital.


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Generous 401(k) Matches Helped Scott Scherr Build The Ultimate Software Stock

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

From generous 401k matches to fully covered healthcare and unlimited paid time off, Ultimate Software CEO Scott Scherr has created one of Wall Street's best performing stocks by putting workers first.


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SEC Chairman Statement On Crypto And ICOs Offers No Bright Line Tests

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:06:00 -0500

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton furthered the agency's stance that whether or not a particular offering constitutes a security depends on the facts and circumstances of the case, plus gave the first indication of its stance on so-called utility tokens.


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10 Smart Ways To Make Self-Care A Part Of Every Meal

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:00:00 -0500

No matter how fancy or even selfish the term may sound, self-care is crucial for your health. And the best way to incorporate it into your life is to adopt simple self-care habits that you can practice daily. Read on to learn about ten smart eating habits that'll make you healthier and happier.


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The Best Mobile Banking Apps Of 2017

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:39:00 -0500

People increasingly use mobile banking apps instead of visiting branches. Every year, MagnifyMoney ranks the best mobile banking apps. In 2017, there were some surprising new names at the top of the list.


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Holiday Shopping Brings Record Sales To The U.S., But Is The Trend Global?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:45:00 -0500

Black Friday versus Cyber Monday. Which one comes out on top globally, and what does it mean for retailers?


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Why You Should Use This Holiday Season To Plan Your Financial Future

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:42:00 -0500

The holiday season is the perfect time to plan for your financial future. Jack Teboda explains why having the retirement conversation now can save you a serious headache later.


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Affirm Raises Another $200 Million, With Investment From Singapore's Sovereign Wealth Fund

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:26:00 -0500

Affirm, which offers instant loans for online purchases, said on Monday it has raised another $200 million in equity.


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10 Energizer Bunny Stocks

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:10:00 -0500

These ten U.S. stocks have posted average earnings growth of 25% or better in the past five years, yet sell for 12 times earnings or less.


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The Salary Chronicles: How I Negotiated An Extra $10K With One Phone Call

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:23:00 -0500

Negotiating an offer for a job right out of college can be intimidating, but it doesn't need to be. This woman negotiated a starting salary increase of $10k with one phone call.


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How To Trade The S&P 500 Sectors Using ETFs

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:19:00 -0500

The S&P 500 is divided into 11 sectors and each sector can be traded using its own exchange-traded fund. The index ended last week up 18.4% year-to-date


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Ask Larry: ​​​​​​Can I Report My Income In My Wife's Name?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:51:00 -0500

Today’s column addresses the advisability of reporting personal income in another person's name, filing at 62, potential benefits after remarriage, the effect of public pensions on Social Security benefits and how married couples might sequence benefits.


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Bull Market Is Lowest-Returning In History, But Don't Worry, It Still Has Legs

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:50:00 -0500

The current bull market is the lowest returning one in the industrial age, when adjusted for inflation. But don't worry, it's not done rising yet.


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Four Ways A Bitcoin Bubble Plays Out

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:15:00 -0500

If Bitcoin is in a massive bubble, how would we know in real time? Here are four red flags.


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Make Your Life Better Reading Howard Bloom

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:11:00 -0500

America needs more books like Bloom's. It's funny and smart, which is a rare combination in a country where much of the publishing industry looks to bang out 'worthy' beard-pulling tomes that may never fully get read. His work is a refreshing change.


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Book A Budget NYE Girlfriend Getaway Before They're Gone

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Ten out of the box travel destinations for you and your girlfriends this New Years Holiday.


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I Spent A Month Testing The Top Food Subscription Boxes, And These Were The Winners

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:00:00 -0500

A mom of two tests which fit her family’s picky tastes, healthy diets and grocery budget.


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Bitcoin Investors Hunt For Transfers That Aren't Taxable

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:50:00 -0500

With 1031 exchanges soon unavailable, Bitcoin investors may be looking for other non-taxable transfers.


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A Roth IRA At Age 15, Thanks To The Parent Match

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0500

How to give your kids a head start on retirement saving.


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Lawyer For Madoff Victims Says DOJ Skipped Him During $4B Payback Process

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:36:00 -0500

A New York law firm has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice, claiming it has illegally changed the terms and conditions of its $4 billion fund designed to compensate victims of Ponzi scheme perpetrator Bernie Madoff.


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What Closing The Gender Pay Gap Could Mean For Your Retirement

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0500

The gender pay gap is closing in many states, but not fast enough and a small difference in pay now adds up by the time you retire. Find out how much more and how you can get paid more and close the gap.


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Reports Filed In Microsoft Lawsuit Find 'Significant' Gender Gap At Firm

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:05:00 -0500

As part of a lawsuit alleging gender imbalances, plaintiffs' attorneys have submitted studies suggesting the company's ladder and pay scale need work.


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How To Beat Impulse Buying At Baseball Shows And Beyond

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:54:00 -0500

I recently broke a 30-year cycle of impulse buying at baseball shows. I think that I can help you stay on a budget in sports and non-sports venues— maybe even at your local shopping mall, particularly during the high-pressure holiday season.


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12 Stocks To Buy To Keep The Gains Going In 2018

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:15:00 -0500

It’s been a banner year for equities, but here are a dozen stocks that still look cheap with the overall market trading at lofty levels heading into 2018.


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Sports Collector Pays $37.5K For Wall Street Charging Bull In NYC Financial District

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:03:00 -0500

Heritage Auctions has sold for $37,5000 one of one of ten known 14-inch bronze prototypes for the world-famous charging bull on Wall Street. The buyer is a high-end sports collector.


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Franken's Story Shows The Ugly Value Calculations That Hurt Women

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:01:00 -0500

Although the the cases of Al Franken and Roy Moore differ significantly, those trying to protect each are fundamentally similar, taking care first of their own interests rather than being truly concerned about sexual harassment or abuse.


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The Top 3 Rules For Navigating The Bitcoin, Blockchain And Crypto Craze

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:08:00 -0500

Cryptocurrency has woven its way into conversations at cocktail parties, on the golf course and everywhere in between. Investors must recognize the risks. To that end, here are my top 3 rules for navigating the crypto craze.


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Which Credit Cards Are Most Rewarding?

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:00:00 -0500

Are you the kind of person who pays off your credit card balance every month without fail? If so, you could be missing out on some rewards for your good financial habits.


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Sexual Harassment Is Bad Business. Now What?

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:29:00 -0500

Sexual harassment and sexual misconduct at the workplace was never acceptable, but the surge in negative publicity has made it bad for business. The #MeToo movement was a great start, but we need to pave a path forward. Let us talk about #NowWhat and how we resolve these issues once and for all.


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What Same-Sex Couples Should Know About Marriage Agreements Before Getting Married

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Whether marriage is new to you or not, there are better ways to do it than others. This is why marital agreements are more popular than ever and why you and your partner should consider getting one.


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8 Ways To Start Or Buy An E-Commerce Business In Midlife

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Starting an e-commerce business in midlife may be easier and less costly than you think. Here are eight ways to do it and advice from experts.


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Entrepreneur Shares 'Life-Saving' Career Change

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:30:00 -0500

This is the story of how an entrepreneur combined his passion with his competence to transform his hobby into his side hustle and, ultimately, an international fly fishing company.


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11 Quick Ways To Save Money On Car Insurance

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:16:00 -0500

Good insurance doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are some tips on how to lower your auto insurance premiums.


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17 Gifts That Give Back To Help Make Sense Of This Year

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0500

It's the thought that counts, but when you give any of these, you're supporting those in need.


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Bitcoin Frenzy Sees Price Top $16,000 Before Losing 20% In Roller Coaster

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 17:38:00 -0500

Bitcoin hit new record high of over $16,000 overnight before sliding around 20%. Trading in the 'Big Daddy' of cryptocurrencies has witnessed a huge rise since the start of 2017 but some pundits are asking if this is a bubble and it is only a matter of time before it pops. Others are more bullish.


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