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Using the News

Why the December midterm election results almost don’t even matter
Keeping your wits and composure so that you make sound financial decisions
Making sense of the revised tax deductions for mortgage interest and property taxes
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: How these sites make money and who is attracted to them (FREE)
2017 Tax Bill includes lots of benefits for small business owners

Worth Examining

Criminals are getting more devious about impersonating relatives to extract cash
Former Silicon Valley chief executive weighs in on the new online currencies
What is the likely outcome of recent tariff and trade disputes and impact on stocks?
Lengthy Wall Street Journal investigation exposes widespread fraud within the industry
The results are coming in regarding what companies are actually doing with the spoils from the tax cut

The Straight Scoop

Take your time identifying a good tax advisor who fits your needs
What types of tax advisors can help you to save on taxes, time and stress?
Buying a car is one of the hardest consumer purchases you’ll make
Having lost money on a prior purchase, does it make sense to risk another home purchase?
Getting your financial house in order and goals straight before investing


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Preferred Portfolios

They are volatile and can produce higher returns but are they necessary?
With the rise in interest rates, review what you’re getting on your savings
Dealing with fears about rising interest rates and a corporate credit bubble
What funds offer a solid risk/reward if you believe a bear market is soon coming?
Where this leading investment advisory recommends that you invest

Book/Research Summaries

From former Wall Street Journal columnist Jonathan Clements
Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence
High school grads have increasing options for lower cost routes to good entry-level jobs
A historical analysis comparing economic growth to stock price changes
What this new data suggest for possible future stock market returns

Guru Watch

What his investment choices say about his views of the U.S. and his economic and investing intelligence
An enlightening email exchange with CNBC pundit Jim Cramer
CNBC's Jim Cramer has made horrible stock picks and market calls during the 2008-09 financial crisis but this call from 2000 is his worst ever...
You gotta love Nouriel Roubini and Jim Cramer attacking each other...this is one time, when they both might actually be right!
Forecaster who Reuters calls a "top investor," "heavyweight" and "insider" now calling for even more severe downturn...but what is his track record?


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