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  • This Retailer is Ordered to Pay $2.5 Million for Military Debt Collection

    A furniture and electronics retailer is not the sort of company that you might normally expect to be involved in illegal debt collection activities. Nevertheless, this is exactly what one Virginia-based retailer that previously ran a store in Jacksonville has been accused of. As a result, the company is now required to pay over $2.5 million in restitution and a $100,000 civil penalty for illegal debt collection practices. The company in question is... [Continue Reading]

    Massachusetts Town Meeting Spirals Out of Control

    A town hearing in Massachusetts ended abruptly when the crowd became unruly, yelling, clapping and interrupting the speakers. The community of less than 8,000 became aggravated at the meeting Wednesday night when the proposal to ban sale items (cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco) was discussed. If this ban is pushed through in Westminster, Massachusetts, this town will make history by being the first. However, the residents remain... [Continue Reading]

    Is it time to think about your approach to investments?

    The financial world can sometimes seem like a complex maze, which it’s impossible for most people to navigate. When finance professionals are struggling to get great results and to predict the future, how can enthusiastic amateurs possibly hope to succeed? It seems to me that a successful approach to investing is all about having clear requirements in mind and then outlining a plan to meet your specific objectives. In fact, it’s only by... [Continue Reading]

    Infographic: How to Send Smart

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    Surprising Factors That Affect Your Home Insurance Rates

    Out of the all the begrudging expenses that you must incur as a homeowner – home insurance is usually the most frustrating. One of the biggest reasons why it is so frustrating is because you can never seem to nail down a rate that makes any sense. You may call one company and get a quote that is completely different from another agency’s quote. It can really make your head spin. However – unbeknownst to you – your insurance... [Continue Reading]

    Equity Release: Lifetime Mortgage Versus Home Reversion

    Faced with retirement on a pension of today's standards, lots of us are looking for a way to bump up the pot of cash we have access to in later life. If you're over the age of 55 and own your own home, equity release could help you gain a lump sum of cash, boost your monthly income, or provide a combination of both to help you to fund your lifestyle. According to research, the amount of people taking out a lifetime mortgage (a form of equity release)... [Continue Reading]

    Consolidate Student Loans and Save

    No one wants to be straddled with debt after years of being in the classroom training to become a doctor, business person or other professional. But that’s the situation facing many graduates today. Adding to the fact, securing your first job right out of college can be a real challenge--even for the most arduous job seeker. With only a six month grace period before student loans go into repayment, students often face having to pay back loans... [Continue Reading]

    Electric Cars: Are they Really Eco-Friendly?

    Electric cars have long been feted as the answer to the world’s vehicular-related pollution problems. They don’t run on petrol, therefore they don’t produce as many harmful emissions, or contribute to the ongoing depletion of the world’s natural gas resources. Most of the people who drive electric cars believe that they are therefore contributing positively towards environmentalism. But how environmentally friendly are electric... [Continue Reading]

    Investment News
  • This commodity is a smart investment: Experts
    Uranium is a smart investment because lack of supply and strong demand should send prices higher, analyst Rob Chang said Friday. "It's been moving up because frankly there isn't enough production to meet demand," said Chang, senior analyst and head ...

    UPDATE 2-Deutsche to pare investment bank, hive off Postbank in revamp
    To cut back investment banking, split off Postbank. * To invest in transaction banking, own retail chain. * To cut costs, redesign governance model. * Details of the strategy to be announced on Monday. * First quarter results to be published on Sunday ...

    Complex Investment Products Are In The SEC's Crosshairs
    Financial advisors have been pushing complex investment products to their yield-starved retail investors. Such opaque and complex products have names like structured products, equity-indexed annuities, leveraged and inverse exchange-traded funds and ...

    Google's Eric Schmidt Plays the Adult in DE Shaw Investment
    Not for him the frivolity of, say, a sports team investment like the $2 billion that Steven A. Ballmer paid for basketball's Los Angeles Clippers. Mr. Schmidt's family vehicle, Hillspire, is instead buying 20 percent of the $36 billion hedge fund firm ...

    Why Is Investment Weak?
    "The evidence suggests that, historically, uncertainty about the future state of the economy and expected profits play a key role in driving investment, and financing conditions less so. As a result, investment after the Great Recession appears to have ...

    WRAPUP 1-US business investment plans fall for seventh straight month
    WASHINGTON, April 24 (Reuters) - U.S. business investment spending plans fell for a seventh straight month in March, likely weighed down by a strong dollar and lower energy prices, suggesting the economy could struggle to strongly rebound from the ...

    US business investment plans fall for seventh straight month
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. business investment spending plans fell for a seventh straight month in March, likely weighed down by a strong dollar and lower energy prices, suggesting the economy could struggle to rebound from a soft patch hit at the ...

    Renewable energy, the best investment of the 21st century
    Solar has not been the only renewable energy source to benefit from federal investment. In 1975, Congress authorized a research and development initiative for wind energy, and the Department of Energy's Wind Program was born. In 2011, buoyed by $25 ...

    Is College An Investment Or Consumption?
    Other purchases are investment goods. For a company, this includes factory equipment, trucks, or office buildings. For a family, an investment might be a washing machine (avoiding putting quarters in a laundromat), a basic car (to get to work in), or a ...