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  • 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]

    Why You Need an Estate Plan

    Planning for your death is never easy. Even if you aren’t anticipating it happening anytime in the near future, it can be an eerie feeling. Because of this, people avoid it for too long and often die before they have settled their affairs. This can lead to a long process and a lot of heartache for your loved ones. Even if you are young and healthy, it is a good idea to get these matters settled so that you don’t have to worry about the... [Continue Reading]

    Investment News
  • Investment Firms Emboldened by Swiss Franc Surprise
    Now some hedge funds and large investment firms are betting that the so-called pegs linking several smaller national currencies to the euro or U.S. dollar will break. Some of the currencies are on the firing lines because they are tied to big oil ...

    N.J. pension investment tied to Massachusetts governor not pay-to-play ...
    N.J. pension investment tied to Massachusetts governor not pay-to-play ...

    B-OUYA! Guess who just got a $10 million investment from Alibaba?
    That's because Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba reportedly dropped $10 million into OUYA's coffers within the last month, according to The Wall Street Journal -- an investment in trade for bringing OUYA's platform to Alibaba's set-top box. That's quite ...

    Facebook investment largesse manageable – for now
    Facebook's investment largesse looks manageable – for now. Boss Mark Zuckerberg has splashed out so much on new projects that his company's fourth-quarter operating margin fell by a third. But the social network's top line grew 49 percent, thanks to ...

    Investment Tips for Boomers
    A diversified mix of stocks, bonds and alternative asset classes can still deliver positive long-term investment results. Sticking to a long-term asset allocation plan is critical. Where we see potential danger is when investors reach for yield, a ...

    China Trumps US for Foreign Investment
    China became the world's top destination for foreign direct investment in 2014, edging the U.S. out of that position for the first time since 2003, according to figures released Thursday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development ...

    Investment Services Boost Client Loyalty at Banks, Credit Unions
    Is senior management giving the wealth management business short shrift at your bank or credit union? Present them with this simple fact: clients that purchased an investment from their financial institution will keep their deposit and credit products ...

    Sasol delays $14 billion fuel complex near Lake Charles
    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- An investment decision has been delayed on a $14 billion gas-to-liquids plant that would be part of the site for an expansion at the Sasol plant in Westlake. The pond would be filled for the expansion. Sasol ...

    Tailing Europe, US Is on the Road to New Investment Bonds
    The White House's idea to promote public- private partnerships with a new kind of investment bond could raise billions of dollars for transportation projects with relatively little fiscal effect on the government, but the big infrastructure projects ...