Personal Finance

Claim That There’s A U.S. Student Loan Crisis Is A Lie! Here’s Why

There is a consensus in the investment markets today believing that student debt is a major credit problem rivaling other credit problems that were disastrous over the last 30 years... This article seeks to explain the lies, damned lies and the statistics surrounding the student debt myth in the United States.

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How Money Is Laundered Around the World – A Beginner’s Guide

From corrupt politicians and drug cartels to tax cheats and alimony deadbeats, everybody’s laundering money these days. Let’s say you have a little spare cash and you would prefer to keep it out of the grubby hands of various tax authorities, or you don’t want your spouse to know about it, or your kids. Fear not. With a little financial detergent, your dirty money can be rendered more or less untraceable. Here's how.

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Protect Yourself From A Future Windfall Profits Tax On Gold – Here’s How

Many have speculated that the U.S. government could once again turn to gold confiscation/nationalization if it became desperate enough. These fears are not unfounded given the abysmal financial situation of the U.S. government that only continues to get worse, coupled with a total lack of political will to cut spending but would the U.S. government really turn to a 1933-style grab again? I would argue that they wouldn’t, but that doesn’t mean the threat to your gold has diminished. Quite the opposite. [This articles identifies what they might well do.]

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Stock Market Volatility Could Ruin Your Retirement – Here’s Why

With markets so calm, it’s easy to become complacent about the corrosive effects that volatility can have on long-term investment success. If you don’t need the money for a long time, you can ride out the inevitable market squalls but if you’re close to or already drawing from those funds, volatility can be costly...Let me explain further.

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Effects of 2008 Recession STILL Affecting Majority of Americans – How About You?

The Fed has just released a 200 page study on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2013 that reveals that 52% of the respondents to the survey said they did not have a mere $400 in savings for an unexpected emergency. That suggests to me that over half the county is on a paycheck-to-paycheck struggle. Below are my key findings from the survey presented in a concise easy to understand format.

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America’s Most Generous Billionaires

Contrary to the image we may have of billionaires, many are on a mission to give away their money. This infographic looks at the American billionaires who have signed up to the Giving Pledge, as well as other millionaires and billionaires who have been making relatively large contributions in the past few years.

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Your Car: Can You Drive Further On An Hours Wages Than In the Past? Check It Out

Someone recently asserted on a site that: “The cost to fuel your car has never been higher as a percentage of disposable income.” I know gasoline prices are high, but I couldn't accept such a contention without looking at incomes and fuel economy, too. I put together 50 years of pretty consistent data for the key variables and my findings will surprise you. Read on.

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The Tip You Left On the Table: Supplementing Minimum Wages or Subsidizing Poor Ones?

The average American eats 5 meals per week in a restaurant but many of those who do don’t understand what’s behind the tip they left on the table. All those tips don’t go to your server as a way of saying ‘thanks’. Many actually go to the employer so that they can pay their servers far less than minimum wage. The infographic below takes a closer look at your tip to figure out if it’s supplementing minimum wages or subsidizing poor ones.

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