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Your Home Is Not A Retirement Piggy Bank

The investment bank J.P. Morgan recently released an interesting, very lengthy report on the state of the markets. Compelling reading, but the really arresting chart was all the way out on slide No. 65.<p>On that page, you learn the long-term performance statistics of a number of different asset …

JetBlue, One of Five Value Stocks Showing Growth

The trouble with value stocks is that quite often there is a good reason why they are cheap. Buying a stock at a cheap price can be a good thing, but if it stays cheap, it is not going to generate a great return for your portfolio. The holy grail of value investing is identifying a value stock just …

Work-life Balance
Real Estate

Self-Promotion for Professionals from Countries Where Bragging Is Bad

In India, it’s crabs in a bucket — the one who tries to escape is pulled down by his compatriots. In Australia, it’s tall poppies — and the tallest one gets its head whacked off. In Japan, the nail that sticks out gets hammered down. Almost every culture has its own metaphor about what happens to …

Investment Manager Explains Why 99.5% Of Americans Can Never Win

<i>Beyond the charts and warnings from economists and investors, perhaps the most disturbing commentary on income inequality in America was written by an investment manager in 2011.</i><p><i>"In my view, the American dream of striking it rich is merely a well-marketed fantasy that keeps the bottom 99.5% hoping</i> …

Income Inequality

All Hail The Uber Man! How Sharp-Elbowed Salesman Travis Kalanick Became Silicon Valley's Newest Star

Shafqat Islam's phone was ringing. He rubbed his eyes and looked at the number on the screen. It said unknown, but he took the call anyway.<p>"Hi, this is Travis," a voice said. "I know Lukas Biewald, and he said you were the only guy he knew in Switzerland."<p>Islam, part of the tech team at Merrill …

Startups

So You Missed The Entire Stock Market Rally — Here's What You Should Do Now

The S&P 500 had its largest gain 16 years and returned 30% to investors. The Dow had its biggest gain in 18 years.<p>But many investors still reeling from the financial crisis, chose to stay on the sidelines and missed out on one of the biggest years for the stock market.<p>In fact, a recent Gallup …

Stock Markets

Brazil's Newest Billionaire Has Gisele To Thank As He Joins Forbes List Of The World's Richest

For many Brazilians, the name Grendene means footwear. Brazil’s largest shoemaker was named after its founders, twin brothers Alexandre and Pedro Grendene Bartelle, who set up the company in 1971 in the southern Brazilian city of Farroupilha, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Today publicly-traded …

Week Ahead: Stock Markets Count $6 Trillion In Gains

While there is economic data and speeches by Federal Reserve big wigs to digest this coming week, investors will mostly be concerned with counting their money and locking in profits after the best year in about 15 for U.S. stocks.<p>Even allowing for the shady practice of “window dressing” – where …

Five Books You Should Read Before You Turn 30

Someone who saves money for retirement is probably going to be in a better situation come 65 than someone who didn't start saving until they were 45.<p>Here are five books that I think everyone should read before they turn 30. Reading and understanding these will give you an edge, however slight, that …

Self-improvement

Thirsty For Info About Water Investments? Yes, Now There's An App for That

Five years ago, mutual fund manager Calvert Investments launched the Global Water Fund to invest in projects, companies and technologies that address the burgeoning global water crisis.<p>Now, the Bethesda, Md.-based fund manager is expecting the flow of interest to rise, so it has developed a mobile …

Defensive Stocks For A Weak Dollar

Bonds are going to get killed. Are you ready for this? You could sell bonds. Or you could buy companies that sell bonds: companies like Sealed Air, Equity Residential and HCA Holdings.<p>The depredations on people who lend money have been a long time coming, and they will continue under the dovish …

Reduce Your Stress in Two Minutes a Day

Bill Rielly had it all: a degree from West Point, an executive position at Microsoft, strong faith, a great family life, and plenty of money. He even got along well with his in-laws! So why did he have so much stress and anxiety that he could barely sleep at night? I have worked with Bill for …

The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

Back in July, we wrote about Amazon editors' selections for best books that were released between January and June. Now, Amazon is back with an updated list of the Best Books of 2013 (so far).<p>Here are the top 10 books from this year, according to Amazon editors.<p>1. "<b>The Goldfinch"</b> by Donna Tartt: …

Books

Guru In Focus: What Is Mohnish Pabrai Buying?

Warren Buffett is known for keeping the investment process simple. He avoids complex models, and once joked that if calculus were required, he’d have to give up the money business and go back to his childhood job of delivering papers.<p>But not even Warren Buffett can match Mohnish Pabrai when it …