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Analysis Topic: Personal Finance

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Personal_Finance

Friday, July 15, 2011

Your Paying a Bankers Bonus 3% Tax / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: Rudy_Avizius

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAre you WILLINGLY paying a 3% tax?  Are you then paying this money so that it can leave your community, so it can be shipped to tax havens abroad and to pay for the bonuses of bankers and the Wall Street types?

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, June 26, 2011

UK Safe Retail Banks List / Personal_Finance / UK Banking

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe following table lists Britain's major retail banking groups (separate licences) in terms of the percentage probability that your deposits above the UK compensation limit of £85k and Euro-zone banks 100,000 (current £/E £86k) would be secure in the event of a series of euro-zone debt defaults starting with Greece and that the crisis is contained to these smaller peripheral euro-zone countries i.e. Greece, Portugal and Ireland, if Spain comes under real risk of default then that would require a revaluation of this list as banks such as Santander would come under far greater pressure given exposure to Spanish government debt.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, June 20, 2011

Euro-Zone PIIGS Greece Default Bank Run Contagion Risk - Santander Anyone? / Personal_Finance / UK Banking

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Greeks had set the ball rolling by withdrawing their funds out of their banks during May and June as a consequence of their exposure to Greek Government debt, soon to be followed by Banks across Europe if not already in the process of desperately attempting to pull their funds out of Greek banks ahead of an inevitable debt default, and then from other PIIGS banks and financials, that's banks of Portugal, Ireland, Italy, and Spain as well as Greece on rising default contagion risk.

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Warning on Banks PPI Complaints and Compensation Claims / Personal_Finance / UK Banking

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The banks and building societies after losing a court case in April brought by the British Bankers Association, are being forced to repay approximately £5 billion in mis-sold payment protection insurance to their customers that in the vast majority of cases proved totally worthless. Barclays has already set the ball rolling by trying to ingratiate itself with its angry customers by automatically refunding all legitimate claims that have already been submitted to date, with the other banks seeking to write to upto 3 million customers over the coming months.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Extinction of Retirement / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: Michael_Pento

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFor the better part of a century the foundations for a semi-comfortable retirement for many Americans have rested on the financial pillars of rising real estate and equity prices, positive real interest rates on savings, the continued solvency of public and private pension plans, and the reliability of national entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicaid). But in the last few years, the economic sands have fundamentally shifted and these pillars are no longer sturdy, some have cracked completely. For many Americans, the traditional idea of a comfortable retirement, filled with golf carts, cruises, and fishing trips, is going the way of the dodo bird.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Credit Crisis 2011, Discover the Top 100 Safest U.S. Banks / Personal_Finance / Credit Crisis 2011

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBank failures still dominate headlines as the number of failing banks continues at an alarming pace in 2011. The odds are that you've seen at least one bank failure in your community since the financial crisis hit in 2008. Some economists claim we're in a recovery, yet hundreds of smaller financial institutions still suffer from the debt crisis that began a few years back.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

How to Shelter Your Cash From Inflation / Personal_Finance / Inflation

By: Terry_Coxon

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTerry Coxon, The Casey Report writes: The high rate of inflation most of us believe is waiting not too far down the road will be an earthquake for investment markets. The likely winners (gold, silver, precious metals stocks) and the likely losers (long-term bonds and most stocks) aren’t too hard to identify. But separating the sheep from the goats is only one element for financial success in an environment of rapidly rising consumer prices.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, June 06, 2011

Down With the Dictator / Personal_Finance / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Governments and their intellectual front men believe that nothing unites a population like a war. Actually, that’s not quite true. What happens is that during war, governments strike fear into their domestic opponents and silence them through intimidation. The appearance of unity is wholly illusory.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, May 23, 2011

Loan Interest Rates at Decade High / Personal_Finance / Debt & Loans

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe average personal loan rate has hit its highest level for more than a decade.

Today the average rate on a £5,000 loan stands at 12.7%, the highest level since May 2000.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

UK Savers Struggle Worsens on Release of Latest Inflation Figures / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Inflation figures released today show the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) increased during April from 4.00% to 4.50%.

To beat inflation, a basic rate taxpayer at 20% needs to find a savings account paying 5.63% per annum, while a higher rate taxpayer at 40% needs to find an account paying at least 7.50%.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Time to Get Rich, the Compounding Process / Personal_Finance / Learning to Invest

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"If I had just known at age 18 what I know today!" That lament is among the most universal among people aged 50 or older. Is there any society in which it cannot be heard?

I was reminded of this when I watched a video of half a dozen of coach John Wooden's most talented basketball players. It was produced in 2010, just after his death at age 99. He had retired 35 years earlier, yet he was still remembered and admired.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Desperate Times for UK Savers / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Inflation figures released today show the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) decreased during March from 4.4% to 4.00%.

To beat inflation, a basic rate taxpayer at 20% needs to find a savings account paying 5.00% per annum, while a higher rate taxpayer at 40% needs to find an account paying at least 6.67%.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Cushion Your Retirement by Investing in IRAs / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: If I were to recommend a stock and guarantee a return of 10% to 28% on your investment in a single day, you'd no doubt line up at your broker's door to place your orders.

But then why do so many people fail to make the maximum contribution to their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)? After all, in its traditional version, an IRA offers exactly the same return, depending on your personal tax bracket.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, April 01, 2011

The Five-Million-Dollar Reason for Investors to Go Offshore / Personal_Finance / Investing 2011

By: Terry_Coxon

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTerry Coxon, co-editor of The Casey Report, is president of Passport Financial, Inc., and for over 30 years has advised clients on legal ways to internationalize their assets to optimize tax, wealth protection and estate planning goals. Read here how you can take advantage of a U.S. tax act and save a lot of money in the process…

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Personal_Finance

Monday, March 21, 2011

Banks Entice Savers into Fixed Cash ISAs / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: MoneyFacts

High demand for savers’ money has led to a sharp rise in the number of fixed rate ISAs.

In the last two years alone the number of fixed rate ISAs has more than doubled from 56 in March 2009, to 139 today.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Debt Trap: Are the Scavengers Stalking You? / Personal_Finance / Debt & Loans

By: Jack_Reed

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleYou fought off your debts successfully last year. Today you are a happy man. You take pride in enlightening your friends about your debt story because you were never bogged down by it. It feels great because people now people come to you with their financial problems.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, March 07, 2011

15 Tips for Staying Sane While Unemployed / Personal_Finance / Unemployment

By: Chris_Kitze

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere is nothing easy about being unemployed. It is stressful. It depletes your sense of self-confidence and takes away any feeling of financial stability that you may once have had. The longer that unemployment drags on, the more it feels like it’s going to make you crazy. However, there are many things that you can do to keep your sanity even while you’re unemployed. While it may sometimes be tough to motivate yourself to do these things, doing so will improve your mental health during your job search and make you a more appealing candidate at those interviews!

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Personal_Finance

Friday, February 25, 2011

UK Savers Continuing Negative Real Interest Rates Punished for Bankster Crimes / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe tax payer bailed out vampire-esk banking sector continues to suck the life blood of savers by paying sub inflation interest rates to savers on even the governments highly doctored and under reported inflation measure of CPI. This analysis seeks to evaluate to what degree today's savers are subsidising the high street banks when comparing their BEST instant access savings accounts against the official CPI inflation rate.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, February 18, 2011

Best Cash ISA Savings Account as April 5th 2011 Tax Year Deadline Looms / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith UK Inflation soaring on even the governments preferred measure of CPI at 4%, which stands against the more recognised RPI rate at 5.1% and real inflation as experienced by most of the population at 6.6%, UK savers continue to have the real terms value of their life time accumulated savings effectively stolen so as to bolster the bankrupt bailed out banks balance sheets, savers can lessen the stealth theft of wealth by utilising their annual cash ISA allowances before the end of the current tax year (5th April 2011) as it is a case of use it or lose it.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

CPI Inflation 4%, UK Savers Pain Gets Tougher / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Inflation figures released today show the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased during January from 3.7% to 4.00%.

To beat inflation, a basic rate tax payer at 20% needs to find a savings account paying 5.00% pa, while a higher rate tax payer at 40% needs to find an account paying at least 6.67%.

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