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There is a common perception in the U.S. that personal finance will be decisive in determining which way citizens will vote in the November elections, as individuals look to the government to help ease the rising levels of poverty and economic instability that have hit the nation hard. With disposable income becoming increasingly hard to source, the majority of voters are likely to base their decision on which presidential candidate offers the most viable personal…

Major financial institutions often employ traders to involve themselves in buying and selling on global markets. These traders make decisions on behalf of the financial institutions, as well as on behalf of clients. These traders can make a lot of money – but sometimes they go rogue as mistakes prompt them to hide losses and make big gambles in an attempt to turn the tide. The hope is that one big payoff can erase years…

Do you know how money works? One of the reasons that many people have a hard time getting ahead is due to the fact that they really don’t know how money works. When you don’t understand money, it can be too easy to fall into the debt trap, or to miss out on opportunities to make a little more money. It’s in your best interest to learn personal finance lessons, and do what you can to…

You are all ready to start investing. If you want to invest in the stock market then you need to formulate a game plan. You game plan will determine whether you are a successful investor or a foolish speculator. The way to keep yourself from losing your hard earned money is by making sure that you have the proper risk vs. reward balance for your portfolio. Here are 3 things to consider when starting investing.…

One week the market is up, the next it is down. The stock market appears range bound. It has been unable to break out and rise above Dow 11,000. Many investors feel lost and have no idea how to invest in the current marketplace. There is no need to worry. All you need is an effective game plan to get you through these times of uncertainty. Here are a few tips for investing in an…

[ad#Content 300×250] One of the issues you have to contend with when it comes to retirement is inflation. Inflation, at its most basic, is viewed as rising prices. Inflation erodes your buying power, creating a situation in which your dollar does not go as far as it used to. If you consider that inflation has an annual rate, you can see why it would be a problem. If the rate of inflation is 3% annually,…

Financial markets have been turbulent throughout the entire year. The Dow is up 500 points one week and drops 500 points the next. Real estate prices are still in the toilet as homeowners wait for a recovery. The bond markets are surging as investors appetite for buying debt has returned. So, what can you do to navigate these topsy turvy markets? Here are 5 moves that you should make right now. 1. Buy Real Estate.…

One of the ways that you can develop an investing income stream is to make use of dividend paying stocks. Because companies are paying out a portion of their profits in dividends, it is a great deal like receiving “free” money. It is money that you receive just for being a shareholder in a company that pays dividends, and the money is not connected to you buying or selling stock. However, in some cases you…

One of the ways that you can help increase your income is through income investing. This type of investing focuses on creating income stream through investments. While you can use bonds to accomplish your income investing goals, you can also use dividends to create an income stream. What are Dividends? Some companies pay out dividends as a way to reward shareholders for their investments. Dividends are actually a portion of company profits. This is money…

When times are economically uncertain, many decide that capital preservation is more important than growth. When the economy is in trouble, and when there are concerns that things could get worse, many switch their portfolios into assets that are considered less risky. The idea is to preserve their capital, rather than focus on growing their assets. This is because growth comes with greater risk. Greater Growth Potential = Greater Loss Potential Growth can be a…

One of the hallmarks of a good portfolio is diversity. This is a basic investing principle that most of us are familiar with. However, it can be difficult to build a diverse portfolio using stocks, bonds and cash. Choosing investments starts to become time consuming and risky. This is why many investors choose funds, which consist of a number of different securities lumped together, providing some protection should any one component of the fund lose…

One thing that money savvy people have learned from the recession is that income diversity is important. Getting all of your income from one place can be devastating if you lose your job. You don’t have to quit your day job if you don’t want to, but you can begin cultivating a little alternative income so that if you do lose your job, you have something that can help you get through the tough times.…