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These are books Wall Street's smartest people think you should read this summer

We've compiled their suggestions here in a list surprisingly diverse in genre, topic, time period, and style. Together, they form a comprehensive picture of Wall Street's in and outs, and deepen the reader's understanding of forces driving the market.<p>So crack one open. It'll help you get through …

Inflation - The Secret to Building Wealth in Real Estate

“The major fortunes in America have been made in land.”- John D. Rockefeller<p>After more than 75 years John D. Rockefeller is still considered the …

Real Estate

Modern Forest House Dedicated to Blues Music: Black House Blues

A couple in love with the blues imagined their life together. Painting the picture, they needed a place that would magnify this passionate love for …

Blues Music

Opinion: Smart-beta strategies that actually beat the market

Yes, you can actually beat the stock market over time.<p>No, there isn’t any black magic or witchcraft involved. No, you don’t have to get an “in” to a …

Investing

How To: Light Up Your Walls with Stars

Everybody loves the stars. Well, I certainly do. As a child I'd spend hours outside during summer nights marveling at the seemingly endless amount of …

These Infographics Are All You’ll Ever Need For Home Decorating

This roundup of diagrams is a great guide if you are looking for some interior decorating help. Not all of us can hire a professional when it comes …

Did a 26-year-old just take down Thomas Piketty?

It’s not every week that a dense and esoteric book like Thomas Piketty’s <i>Capital in the Twenty First Century</i> captures the public’s imagination.<p>The …

9 Things the Rich Do That The Poor Do Not

The richest 1% of the world currently control 48% of the world’s wealth. The top 80 wealthiest people in the world control approximately $1.9 …

16 Important Lessons on Success You Won’t Learn in School

Don’t you think it’s strange that Success 101 isn’t taught in schools? You’d think, after nearly three centuries since the establishment of the …

Motivation

Billionaire Brandes teaches the hard lessons involved in value investing

For retail investors looking to practice a long-term approach to stock selection that focuses on buying inexpensive companies, there are few better teachers than billionaire value investor Charles Brandes.<p>Earlier this month, I, along with a group of MBA students from the University of Toronto's …

10 Differences Between Middle Class And Rich People

According to Forbes, the 400 wealthiest Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined. But what about the people in …

Wealth Advice that Should Be Obvious

We have been having a lot of fun around here, and thus straying into topics that are only loosely related to building financial freedom. These …

American cash is flooding into European stocks

Investors can't get to Europe fast enough.<p>American cash is pouring into European stocks. Last week alone, U.S.-based funds sent a record amount --$3.9 billion -- into Europe equities. That's according to EPFR Global, a research firm that tracks fund flow data.<p>"The trend is definitely accelerating," …

How to Save for Your Kids' College When Money Is Already Tight

Saving for college is one of the biggest financial priorities for most families—and also one of the hardest to meet, given the huge cost. Let’s take …

Why a contrarian sees value in emerging markets

One of the things contrarian investors frequently do is try to gauge what the investment crowd is feeling – both good and bad – about certain assets, securities or markets.<p>Notice I said "feeling" rather than "thinking"– it's emotion that's key. Once contrarians discern where the crowd's emotions …

Investing

Choosing Asset Classes Is Another Form of Market Timing

Any reader of our blog will know that we are not fans of market timing. As our CIO Burt Malkiel is fond of pointing out, research consistently proves …

Stocks: Robert Shiller is buying Europe

If the stock market had a canary in the coal mine, it's Nobel prize winning economist Robert Shiller.<p>He's been warning for months that U.S. stocks look expensive.<p>Just this past week, he tweeted out his latest analysis showing that stocks are now as costly as they were in 2007 -- the peak just …

Wall Street veteran Dan Alpert dismantles the idea that the American economy will carry the rest of the world

And while Westwood Capital's Daniel Alpert agrees in his most recent presentation, he says there are some key weaknesses that investors are either missing or overlooking.<p>For instance, even though the count of nonfarm payrolls has increased, most of the jobs have been created in low-wage sectors.<p>And …

One energy company is loving the oil crash

While some energy companies have been cutting jobs and capital expenditure forecasts, the impact on low oil prices has not been uniform across the board.<p>For companies like Phillips 66, the drop in oil prices has been felt less because it is not an exploration and production company that drills raw …

Top 20 Data Visualization Tools

(This article was first published on <b>Quality and Innovation » R</b>, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)<p><i>Editor’s note: the original link in this post</i> …

Data Visualization

Bionic Leaf Can Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel: Better Than Solar Cells?

Close<p>Solar energy can be converted into a liquid fuel, utilizing a new bionic leaf designed by researchers at Harvard University and the Wyss …

Merrill Lynch hires top L.A. wealth management team from Morgan Stanley

Merrill Lynch said its Los Angeles office hired Bruce C. Munster and nine members of his wealth management group from Morgan Stanley, a sign of increasingly fierce competition for wealthy clients in Southern California.<p>Munster will join Merrill's Private Banking and Investment Group, bringing along …

Living The Financially Fearless Life: 10 People Divulge Their Best Money Habits

<i>This post originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p>Whenever you commit to developing a new, healthy habit, it’s usually with an end game in mind—to take back control over something in your life.<p>For example, in order to get healthier, you might join an early morning run club. To stop procrastinating, you …

6 Simple Strategies To Build Considerable Wealth In Your 20s

<i>What?!</i><p>But, really, that's what we found while researching our latest white paper on financial confidence— and, initially, it surprised us too.<p>But it makes sense: Sure, Millennials may have some daunting student loans to pay off on entry-level salaries, but they typically have few other major …

What The Rich Are Doing With Their Money In 2015 -- And You Should, Too

<i>This post originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p>It’s hard to believe that the rich don’t have some secret knowledge about money that the rest of us “regular” people don’t have.<p>After all, the more zeros you have at the end of your paycheck, the smarter you must be about managing your finances, …

Think Twice Before You Open A New IRA

It’s tax season and that also means it’s IRA season. The deadline to put away savings in a 2014 Individual Retirement Account is the same day your 2014 tax return is due, April 15th, 2015. Have you funded a 2014 IRA? A 2015 IRA? (That’s getting ahead of things–the deadline is April 15, 2016, but …

Learn the 7 Life Hacks of Really Wealthy People

We all have the potential to build streams of income and wealth. Here are some powerful ways to get there.<p>During the long course of my life in business, I've had the opportunity to meet some very wealthy people. For the most part, I've found that they're just like you and me--with the added bonus …

Self-improvement