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Could What Happened in Cyprus Happen in the U.S.?

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Do you remember when the country of Cyprus was in need of a major bailout? The people of Cyprus, called Cypriots, have had a rough go of it. Their country was in financial turmoil, like most of the world and they wound up taking some extreme measures to alleviate their problems. As Americans we have […]

The 5 Social Security Loopholes the Government Doesn’t Want Retirees to Know About

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Loophole sounds like a bad word. It immediately makes you think of illegal activity in which something (usually money) is being stolen out from under someone. But not all loopholes are bad. In fact I want to tell you about 5 such loopholes that allow retirees to increase their social security checks and pocket an […]

The Next Four Days Will Decide Our Fragile Economy’s Fate

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The Government is hell bent on pushing us back into a recession! As I write this we are on week two of the government shutdown. For 14 days neither the Obama administration nor members of the Republican Party felt any kind of rush to end the funding dispute. I awoke today to hear for the […]

3 Lessons to Raise Financially Savvy Children (These Could Help You Too)

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Bagged lunches…crisp clean notebooks….new clothes…kids across the U.S. have headed back to school to learn new math, geography and history concepts. One lesson they won’t be taught in the classroom, however, is arguably one of the most important for their future success: How to smartly and responsibly handle money. That is a lesson left to […]

Social Security Loopholes That Can Net You Thousands of Dollars A Year!

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Last week I told you a story about how my Mom and Dad used a government loophole to earn an extra couple of thousand dollars a year in social security benefits. A lot of people have emailed me over the last seven days to ask if it was legal to pull off such a feat. […]

Could What Happened in Cyprus Happen in the U.S.?

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If you’ve been watching the news at all during the last week you probably heard something about the country of Cyprus. The people of Cyprus, called Cypriots, have had a go of it lately. Their country is in financial turmoil, like most of the world and they are the latest country in the Eurozone to […]

The Mindset You need to Build Wealth

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You’re here because you want to be wealthy. You need the self-confidence and focus to follow your dream and this will be fatally undercut if you have the wrong philosophy of life and money. No amount of effort on your part will overcome a faulty philosophy. If, deep down, you believe that wealth is a […]

The Failure of Our Government

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Monday we heard that a super committee made up of 12 members of our Congress failed to reach an agreement on how to cut $1.2 trillion dollars from the U.S. budget over the next 10 years.  This is a real tragedy because the super committee had a rare opportunity to quickly move legislation through a […]

Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

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The crisis that continues to play out in Greece is a wake up call. Last week, in the face of continuing austerity measures, much of the country shut down as strikes by labor and government unions shuttered businesses and transportation. The strikes are a result of massive overhauls in the Greek way of life. **Sponsor** How This Lie Affects […]

It Just Got Hotter in DC

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The clock is ticking and the pressure is on. This past week saw the emergence of a new candidate in the Republican field of nominees for the Presidency of the United States. Texas Governor Rick Perry announced, or rather proclaimed, that he was running for the office. There are only three viable candidates for the […]

Can We All Just Get Along

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Apparently not. I was reminded of the infamous words uttered by Rodney King after his beating by LA Police caused massive riots in the city. (Rodney, by the way was arrested again on July 13th for suspicion of DUI. ) After watching the politicians “debate” the debt ceiling increase it’s becoming increasingly clear that none […]

Wal-Mart Warning – Here’s How to Protect Yourself

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Long time readers know I’m not an economist. I leave the market predictions to my colleague Kevin Raymond. He delivers stock info, economic forecasts and financial news to you every Monday morning. Because of that I steer clear of talking about market forces…until today. **Sponsor** This is Easy to Start Sometimes we all need to […]

Depression Cash Cures!

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Three Surprising HOT Business Opportunities You Can Leverage Immediately 6:17 AM Dear Entrepreneur: “Come on Marc…we’re in a depression! Half of the opportunities you cover won’t work when people stop spending money. Show me something that’ll work in a Depression”! I disagree with this reader’s assumption.  And here’s why… **Sponsor** How to Profit from Government […]

Get the IRS to Give You A Break On Taxes

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What An NYC Street Vendor Taught Me That Wall Street Couldn’t

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So you know that list of things you know you should do but never seem to have the time to get to? Well that happened to me. I have a very old 401k from a previous employer that I know I should have rolled over years ago, but I always seemed to find things that […]

Debt Lunacy and Gold

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I rarely watch business commentators on the news. After-all, when they are telling you what’s happening it’s already old news and most of their opinions are meant to get a rise out of you, not really inform you. The other day I happened to turn on the news – don’t ask me why – I […]

On The Horizon for 2011

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Happy New Year! 2011 is here and I expect that the markets will once again treat us to an unpredictable showing. If there is one certainty about the market it is that it has no certainty. Remember the flash crash last year that wiped out 10% in a matter of minutes? There still is no […]

Santa Comes Early…But Not For Everyone

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The markets continue to rally to 52-week highs on the back of very positive earning releases and the impending passage of the tax bill. Shrugging off a downgrade of Spanish Sovereign Debt and a huge earning miss by a major retail bell weather, Best Buy. When a market shrugs off bad news and continues to […]

The Most Overlooked Market

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A New “Twist” in the MOST Overlooked Market in the World Could Make You Rich 5:44 AM Dear Entrepreneur: “Are you kidding me? It CAN’T be that simple”! That’s what a client said when I showed him a little-known “twist” in the precious metals market. No….it doesn’t have anything to do with trading coins, picking […]

The Big Yawn

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The big drama last week was the tax deal. Looks like we have another two years of the same tax regime. The markets should have rallied sharply on the news, but they didn’t. As with most “sure things” the market had already priced in the high probability of the status quo continuing. All major indices […]

An Interest Free Loan from Uncle Sam

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Retirement Loophole: How to Get an Interest Free Loan from Uncle Sam A common question for older Americans is what age they should choose to start receiving social security benefits. The government allows you to decide what age is best for you. You can start receiving benefits as early as age 62, as late as […]

Gold and the Dollar…Strange Bedfellows

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There’s little argument that gold has outperformed every asset class in the past five years, maybe even the past ten. It is the currency of choice during times of chaos. But…so is the US Dollar. Yes, as much as we like to pound the greenback at every opportunity, it still retains the position of the […]

The Secret to Beating the System

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The Secret to Beating the System without Going to Jail and the Inside Scoop for Obtaining FREE CASH 7:06 AM Dear Entrepreneur: My friends and business associates call me a “miser”. That’s fine; it only means I’m in good company. Some of the wealthiest entrepreneurs on the face of the planet were “misers”, including Sam […]

Gaming the System

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The other day I took a cab ride to the airport. I was in a great mood before I got in the taxi! I always strike up a conversation with the driver – it’s nice to get the perspective of other people in my travels. He was pleasant enough and talkative too. I quickly steered […]

 
 
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