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How to Pick a Cheap Wine That Tastes Expensive

You’ve been there before. You head to your local Trader Joe’s to pick up that go-to $9.99 California pinot for a party, only to discover it’s out of …

6 Reasons This 15% Yielding Stock Is A Strong Buy And My Largest Holding

Recently I unveiled my Buffett inspired real money dividend portfolio on Seeking Alpha, and one of my core positions that I transferred to open my …

Investing

Wall Street's least bullish strategist says to buy 'CRAP' in 2017

Tom Lee, the founder of Fundstrat, says CRAP is the investing strategy for 2017.<p>"Buy CRAP - <b>C</b>omputers, <b>R</b>esources, <b>A</b>merican banks and <b>P</b>hone carriers - all levered to investment recovery, inflation and deregulation," Lee wrote in his 2017 stock-market outlook published on Friday.<p>Lee, who had the highest …

Big Dividend Hikes Expected from Cisco, TJX and Home Depot

By<p>Updated Jan. 6, 2017 4:42 p.m. ET<p><b>Markit Dividend Forecasting</b> is out with its estimates for first quarter dividend increases.<p>It expects double-digit …

Want to Raise Successful Boys? Science Says Do This (but Their Schools Probably Won't)

Students--and especially boys--need hours of physical activity every day. They don't get enough because their schools won't let them.<p>This is a story about successful kids (especially boys), common sense, and research.<p>Most of us spend hours each day sitting at work. Science says it's killing us, and …

Why Amazon is both tempting and terrifying, a utility stock to buy, and how to calculate a dividend return

Amazon.com is a terrific example of a company that might be simultaneously a tremendous growth story and a bad investment. Or maybe not. I am equal parts tempted and terrified by Amazon's stock.<p>Amazon is the unquestioned leader in two of the fastest growing industries on the planet, online shopping …

3 Stocks You Can Buy Cheaper Than Warren Buffett Did

Iconic investor Warren Buffett has become one of the wealthiest people in the world by identifying value in the stock market. In a nutshell, Buffett …

Financial Regulation

3 'Dark Horse' Dividend Stocks Primed For 30% Gains In 2017

Today I’m going to share three of my favorite dividend stocks from an ignored corner of the market set to soar in President Trump’s first year.<p>Which corner? The “little guys”: small and mid-cap stocks.<p>In many ways, the cat’s already out of the bag. As they’ve done with financial stocks, investors …

Here’s the Best Way to Sharpen Your Images: Use This Free Photoshop Action Download (VIDEO)

Sharpening your photographs can be a dicey proposition: We all want crisp images, but if you’re not careful when using Photoshop’s Unsharp Mask tool …

Tutorials

Top Five Budget Laptops for Photographers in 2016

When the world shifted from celluloid to digital, the computer became the main component in developing our images to their fullest potential. Instead …

3 Top Stocks You Can Buy Now and Hold for the Next Decade

Image source: Getty Images.<p>If you want to make money in the stock market, time and time again analysts and academics have found that the best way to do it is through buying and holding stocks for the long term. You'll want to invest in stocks that have sustainble competitive advantages that will be …

Here's why you should be looking for dividends

Billionaire Businessman Warren Buffett listens to Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton at a Town Hall rally at Sokol Auditorium December 16, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska. Steve Pope/Getty Images I love dividends, and I'm not alone.<p>One of the biggest dividend lovers of all is Warren …

How a 30-something couple got rich and retired by not joining home ownership 'cult'

Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung are a 30-something couple who retired last year with more than a million bucks in the bank. Now they travel the …

A First-Time Buyer’s Guide to Home Maintenance

Take care of these tasks to avoid major home hassles, inefficiencies or unsightliness down the road.<p>Brought to you by<p>When you buy your first house, …

Is the Most Hated Bull Market in History Ready to Crumble?

<i>"A young man is a theory; an old man is a fact."</i> -Edgar Watson Howe<p>The first response that comes to one's mind is yes, as this economic recovery has been dismal at best and illusory at worst. The unemployment rate might have dropped, but the way the BLS (Bureau of Labour Statistics) calculates this …

Be Like Buffett: Invest In These High-Conviction Stocks And Hold

Warren Buffett, the world’s best stock market investor is famous for saying his favorite holding period for stocks is forever. If forever is too long for you, would 10 years be more doable? You can invest like Buffett by buying some high-conviction stocks and holding them for at least a decade. …

Unsuccessful investing can be summed up in these 7 traits

Ritholtz Wealth Management's Ben Carlson makes this clear in his recently published book, "A Wealth of Common Sense," also the name of his blog, which aims to provide simple, yet solid guidelines that work for any investment plan in the long run, devoid of any quick fixes or bells and whistles.<p>"The …

Investor enjoys fifteen years of early retirement thanks to dividend stocks

<b>Susan Brunner</b><p><b>Occupation</b><p>Early retiree<p><b>The portfolio</b><p>Mostly Canadian dividend stocks, including Royal Bank of Canada, Power Financial Corp., Enbridge Inc. and TransCanada Corp; for diversity: consumer and industrial stocks, including Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. and Canadian National Railway Co.<p><b>The investor</b><p>…

Huawei's Mate 8 is a mighty 6" flagship for 2016 starting at $469

Huawei is betting big on large phones for 2016. It has unveiled the Mate 8 flagship handset, an updated version of last year’s Mate 7.<p>Like its predecessor, the 6-inch device supports dual LTE SIMs and features a 1080p display and a large 4,000mAh battery. It’s powered by a Kirin 950 octa-core …

23 Cheap Upgrades That Will Actually Increase The Value of Your Home

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Home Improvement

­­­­­­­­­­­­12 Things Really Wealthy People Did to Get Ahead

Want to get ahead financially and in your career? Follow in the footsteps of giants.<p>Everyone wants to achieve wealth and financial freedom, but very few actually go on to rack up the seven-figure bank accounts they dream about. In fact, it's commonly suggested that Americans don't identify as poor; …

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9 Reasons to Invest in Apartments

I have been buying apartment properties for almost 25 years. With over 40 transactions in seven states I have bought and sold over $500 million in …

How To Save Money: Three Of The Worst Things To Buy Brand New For Kids

Kids cost a lot to raise so it makes sense to save on things they might want, but don't actually need.<p>As well as cutting costs these three things are …

How to Make a DIY Newborn Photography Background Stand

Have you ever wondered how professional newborn photographers get their backdrops so smooth and wrinkle free? Are they Photoshop masters? Do they …

8 Post-Processing Tips For Creating Beautiful Landscape Photos

<b>Jimmy Mcintyre</b> <i>is a travel photographer and educator. His photos have been published in local and national magazines, including the BBC. His online</i> …

How To Achieve the Film Look Using Lightroom

It seems as if the film edit is getting more popular every day. A lot of beginner photographers out there will do anything to achieve this look. The …