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Buy a second home and pay no capital gains tax

Here's how you can buy a second property completely free of CGT - and give your adult children a rent-free home<p>Want to buy a second property that your children can live in rent-free, while also avoiding capital gains tax?<p>It sounds too good to be true. As regular readers of these pages know too …

Our Amazingly Plastic Brains

Mental and physical exercise can keep the brain fit and help it recover capacities lost to disease and trauma<p>Can the brain heal and preserve itself—or even improve its functioning—as we get older? For some time, many scientists have tended to think of our brains as machines, most commonly as …

The Brain

This $30 Million Yacht Is Very Luxurious — And Has Hybrid Engines

New yachts are coming out of shipyards all the time. But few have inspired as much lust in recent memory as the the Columbus Sport 130-ft. Hybrid.<p>The Columbus was constructed by Palumbo Shipyards of Italy, with the intention is to have as small an impact on the environment as possible.<p>On the …

Texas, Saudi Arabia, And The Collapse Of Oil

Texas and Saudi Arabia are two regions synonymous with oil production, and they’re both struggling to deal with the collapse in prices. Goldman Sachs believes that nearly $1 trillion worth of future drilling projects would no longer be profitable with Brent crude at $70 per barrel. It’s now trading …

Oil

Can I afford to retire early?

<i>I'm 54 and have two daughters, 10 and 6. My wife and I have heard that you can retire early as long as annual expenses are less than 3% of investable assets. I have $2.7 million saved. So what do you think -- can I retire at 54? -- B.J., Atlanta</i><p>At first glance, it appears you should be able to pull …

7 safety tips from hackers

It's easy to get hacked. And yes, it can happen to you.<p>Follow this advice from actual hackers, and you'll be a lot safer online.<p><b>1. Turn off your phone's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.</b> Hackers are religious about this. Keeping these features "on" all the time makes it easy for strangers to slip into your …

Kepler 438b: Most Earth-like planet ever discovered could be home for alien life

An alien world that orbits a distant star in the constellation of Lyra may be the most Earth-like planet ever found outside the solar system.<p>The planet, named Kepler 438b, is slightly larger than Earth and circles an orange dwarf star that bathes it in 40% more heat than our home planet receives …

Astronomy

Listen to Buffett and Schwab: Be an indexer

Chuck Schwab, founder of Charles Schwab & Co. SCHW, -4.28% , talked last week about the power and importance of indexing, suggesting that low-cost …