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Analysis Topic: Personal Finance

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Reader's Question: Will the Gov't Confiscate my 401K and Should I take My Money Out? / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: JD_Rosendahl

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI absolutely love getting great money questions.  It might be my favorite thing about blogging about money, investments, trends, and strategies.  Recently, I wrote a blog:  More people tapping 401(k)s .  In that blog, I wrote about unfortunate reasons why people are taking premature distributions from their 401K plans.  A reader responded to that blog with a very well thought out and pro-active question:

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Perils of Tapping a 401(k) / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: Nilus_Mattive

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFidelity just released a new report and it’s pretty depressing.

The upshot? A record number of Americans are making hardship withdrawals from their 401(k) retirement plans. Worse yet, the number of U.S. workers borrowing from their plans is also at a 10-year high!

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Gold Falls with Stocks & Euro as Yen Hits 15-Year High / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: Adrian_Ash

THE SPOT PRICE of wholesale gold dropped to a 7-session low Tuesday lunchtime in London, as world stock markets fell hard in thin trade and the Japanese Yen reached a new 15-year high vs. the Dollar.

"Monday was about as quiet as it gets," says one London bullion dealer in a note.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Protect Your Wealth From the Government, Expatriate Your Wallet / Personal_Finance / Investing 2010

By: Casey_Research

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTerry Coxon, contributing author of Casey Research’s ‘Going Global’ Special Report writes: If everything you own is held in your own name in your own country, then you are not merely exposed, you are vulnerable absolutely, to whatever decisions the government might make about how you should behave and who gets the wealth you've earned. Tomorrow's new government measure, which might land out of the blue, could be a law that affects everyone, or it could be a rule devised to deal with people like you. Or, it could be an administrative action aimed at you alone. In any case, with all your assets at home, you'd find out how the lobster feels when his trap is being hauled out of the water. Nothing he can do about it.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Another New U.S. Mortgage Fee, Five Golden Rules for Applying for Mortgages / Personal_Finance / Mortgages

By: Amber_Dakar

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIf you’re in the market to buy a new home, be aware that the U.S. Treasury Department is considering a new mortgage fee to fund the backstops it gives for loans purchased through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Analysts say the fee may be up to 1.5 percent of the borrower’s mortgage, which would be a big increase from the current 0.25 percent that both Fannie and Freddie currently charge mortgage borrowers. Plus, it remains to be seen if this new charge would be in addition to that current charge!

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Personal_Finance

Monday, August 02, 2010

Student Finance Best Current Accounts / Personal_Finance / Student Finances

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the next month, many students will be preparing to leave home and head off to university.

For many it will be the first time they are fully in charge of their finances, with budgeting and bill paying becoming a necessary evil.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, August 02, 2010

Graduate Finance Best Current Bank Accounts / Personal_Finance / UK Banking

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs another academic year closes, many graduates are leaving university to enter very challenging times. Unemployment remains high and could increase further once public sector cuts are fully realised, leaving limited job opportunities for graduates.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

2011: The Year Of The Tax Increase / Personal_Finance / Taxes

By: Pravda

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMichael Snyder writes: Unless the U.S. Congress acts, there is going to be a massive wave of tax increases in 2011. In fact, some are already calling 2011 the year of the tax increase. A whole host of tax cuts that Congress established between 2001 and 2003 are set to expire in January unless Congress chooses to renew them. But with Democrats firmly in control of both houses that appears to be extremely unlikely.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, July 19, 2010

UK Government Pulls Plug on Savers Inflation Theft Protection NS&I Index Linked Certificates / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of the few defences against the governments inflation stealth tax, the NS&I Index Linked Savings certificates has been withdrawn from the market. The certificates paid RPI +1% resulting in an current tax free return of 6% per annum which is typically double the rate offered by the banks.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, July 12, 2010

Retirement Planning, Why the "100 Minus Your Age" Rule is Wrong / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: DailyWealth

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTom Dyson writes: The other day, a millionaire asked me to construct a retirement portfolio for her...

Unfortunately, I don't have the right government certifications for this type of work, so I had to refuse the job. But it got me thinking...

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Halifax Children's Regular Saver Waste of Time Applying Online / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Savers could find they are wasting their time in trying to complete a lengthy online Halifax Children's Regular Saver application form, as the account application process resolves in the following error page (on several attempts) :

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Time to Hit the Reset Button on Life / Personal_Finance / Employment

By: DailyWealth

Dr. Steve Sjuggerud writes: "We're going to have to write a big check to get out of our house," a friend told me over the Fourth of July weekend.

He's moving far away from here.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, July 05, 2010

UK Fixed Rate Saving Bonds Hit All Time Low / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

Savers taking out a fixed rate bond today will receive up to 23.3% less interest than they would have nine months ago.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

FDIC Deposit Insurance, Yet Another Bailout for Reckless Savers and Investors? / Personal_Finance / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Nilus_Mattive

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe all watched in horror as Washington bailed out failing financial institutions … dishonest lenders … and greedy borrowers and speculators with our tax dollars.

And as responsible savers and investors, we continue to suffer from the fallout as the Federal Reserve’s policies are keeping interest rates on traditional savings vehicles near zero.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cash ISA Reforms, Current Best Savings Accounts and Fixed Rate Deals / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Office OF Fair Trading has today announced changes to the cash ISA market, which it has said will improve fairness and transparency for customers.

Michelle Slade, spokesperson for Moneyfacts.co.uk, commented: “The reforms to the ISA market are a welcome boost for savers, many of whom lost vital interest through the delays in transferring ISA money between providers.

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Retirement Armageddon: The Video Seminar / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMost people have heard some of the bad news. They have not heard it without the sugar coating. The reality is grim. How grim? Watch the video.

The sad thing is this: those who are most likely to be adversely affected are trapped. Some have retired. Others plan to, on the assumption that their retirement portfolios will sustain them. Yet their portfolios are in sad shape. They will have to sell assets in order to live comfortably.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, June 11, 2010

MoneyFacts Best UK Personal Finance Provider Awards of 2010 / Personal_Finance / UK Banking

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe winners of the 2010 Moneyfacts awards were announced this afternoon at the Millennium Hotel, Mayfair, London. Some 300 industry professionals from leading financial institutions gathered at a special luncheon hosted by ITV News’ Economics Editor, Daisy McAndrew.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Ten Financial Freedom Benefits of Expatriation / Personal_Finance / Taxes

By: Casey_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePublished by Casey Research : The following is an excerpt from the free 29-page American Expatriation Guide, written by a former U.S. citizen who wants to remain anonymous. Read what he has to say – from a “been there, done that” perspective – and maybe take your own first steps to move to greener pastures.

Everybody has their own personal reasons for expatriating, but here are some of the benefits:

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Personal_Finance

Monday, June 07, 2010

UK Credit Card Market Back Open for Business / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe credit card market has seen a resurgence in recent months as card providers once again put the ‘open for business’ sign in the window.

In the last year the number of cards charging no interest on new purchases for at least 10 months has increased by 450%.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Holiday Makers Don’t Get be Caught Out by Overseas Bank Charges / Personal_Finance / Money Saving

By: MoneyFacts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the next few months many people will be planning to take their summer holiday, with many heading to South Africa for the World Cup.

While arranging your spending money may be not be the highlight of any holiday, a small amount of time and effort could see you making significant cost savings.

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