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The Realtors' Last Hurrah

If you’ve ever bought or sold a home, you know the complexity and frustration—and the high fees—involved in this critical transaction. You probably used a professional Realtor throughout the process, who guided you through scores of listings and home tours and helped you put together specific …

Real Estate

Bangalore, before the dystopia: The birth, life, and death of India’s most liveable city

An old friend and I met up one afternoon this May.<p>She had changed. Many times over. For good or for bad, I am not to judge, but I didn’t like what I saw.<p>We have known each other since 1980, the year I was born. So, despite long periods of separation, I perk up every time she is mentioned. …

India

Facebook Wants to Teach Machine Learning

When you think of technical education about machine learning, Facebook might not be the company that pops into your head. However, the company uses …

Machine Learning

Uber Hit With Cap as New York City Takes Lead in Crackdown

New York became the first major American city on Wednesday to halt new vehicle licenses for ride-hail services, dealing a significant setback to Uber in its largest market in the United States.<p>The legislation passed overwhelmingly by the City Council will cap the number of for-hire vehicles for a …

Transportation

The Advantages Of Investing In Single-Family Rental Houses Vs. The Stock Market

I started my financial career in banking, eventually progressing to insurance and then to financial advisor over a 24 year career — 21 years as a Series 6 and then Series 7 securities licensed representative. In that span of time, I developed a unique perspective regarding the advantages of the …

Real Estate

Here's how much money you could be losing by avoiding the stock market

Having too much money in the bank is a problem that millions of Americans would love to have. But those fortunate enough to be in that position may be making a big financial mistake with their cash.<p>A new survey from Nerdwallet shows that while many Americans have little to no savings, the average …

Stock Markets

Pick your poison: Here are the best neighborhoods for real estate investing if you want income or if you want growth

Are you a real-estate investor looking for strong price growth and great cash flow?<p>Good luck with that.<p>It’s a truism among real-estate professionals …

Real Estate

Buying your first rental property? Here’s how to make money as a landlord.

Thinking about buying your first rental property?<p>The mistake most wannabe landlords make is paying market price for any old home on the market. Any house at any price won’t necessarily make for a good rental. Step one to making money is to buy the house at the right price based on both market value …

Real Estate

The U.S. Housing Market Looks Headed for Its Worst Slowdown in Years

They were fed up with Seattle’s home bidding wars. They were only in their late 20s but had already lost two battles and were ready to renew with …

Real Estate

How Irresponsible Mortgage Lenders Created A Second Housing Bubble

Over the last seven years, home prices in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington have surged. Unfortunately, these price surges are the result of …

Real Estate

U.S. Breaks Up Fake I.R.S. Phone Scam Operation

With stiff sentences for 21 conspirators last week in the United States and a round of indictments in India, the Justice Department says it has broken up what appeared to be the nation’s first large-scale, multinational telephone fraud operation.<p>Over four years, more than 15,000 victims in the …

Corruption

The 'Robinhood Index': Like FANG But Better

If you haven't heard of Robinhood, it is a highly simplified brokerage platform that allows for commission free trading. It has a sleek design, is …

Investing

The housing shortage may be turning, warning of a price bubble

The most competitive, tightest housing market in decades may finally be loosening its grip, and that could put pressure on overheated home prices. …

Silicon Valley’s Exclusive Salary Database

When Steve, a thirtysomething engineer, launched a software company in San Francisco a few years ago, he and his cofounder faced the daunting task of …

Bitcoin bloodbath nears levels of dot-com bust; many tokens go to zero

Bitcoin’s meteoric rise last year had many observers calling it one of the biggest speculative manias in history. The cryptocurrency’s 2018 crash may help cement its place in the bubble record books.<p>Down 70% from its December high after sliding for a fourth straight day Friday, Bitcoin is getting …

Cryptocurrency

#CareerBytes: These 6 online-courses will make you an AI expert

Artificial Intelligence is transforming the world; it's being integrated into various fields like healthcare, banking, transport, defense, education, …

Four Simple Steps To Get Your Organization Started With Data Science

Our company leads corporate trainings in Python and data science for organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. What we’ve noticed lately is that many of them want to use data science to advance their businesses. They recognize the need to stay competitive and make use of their …

Data Science

Renting vs buying a house: Figures don’t lie

Personal preferences aside, the economic logic does not support the buy option for real estate even today

How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port

HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka — Every time Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, turned to his Chinese allies for loans and assistance with an ambitious port project, the answer was yes.<p>Yes, though feasibility studies said the port wouldn’t work. Yes, though other frequent lenders like India had …

Sri Lanka

Goldman Will Pay Big Money for Cash -- Yes, Even Your Measly Savings

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) wants your cash. And you might actually want to give it to them.<p>The Wall Street investment bank is trying to transform …

U.S. Homes Are a Lot Cheaper Than They Look, Harvard Study Finds

Before you call Harvard crazy, consider.<p>Despite the long, stratospheric rise of home prices in the U.S., the inflation-adjusted monthly payment on …

Real Estate

Lavasa, A Billionaire's Dream City Near Mumbai, Turns Into Ghost Town

Lavasa would be India's first privately built and managed city, one of five planned for 30,000 to 50,000 people each, with a cost that would be …

Blurred Vision, Burning Eyes: This Is a Lasik Success?

Ever since he had Lasik surgery two years ago, Geobanni Ramirez sees everything in triplicate.<p>The surgery he hoped would improve his vision left the 33-year-old graphic artist struggling with extreme light sensitivity, double vision and visual distortions that create halos around bright objects and …

Medicine

49 Unforgettable Bucket List Trips You Can Do On A Budget

If you like to travel, you probably have a bucket list of places you want to hit throughout your lifetime. If you've been under the impression that …

Frequent-flyer Programs

Here’s How India’s Economy Is Faring After Four Years Under Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi completes four years in office on May 26. He’s used the time to give India its biggest tax reform, overhauled a …

Best Real Estate Markets for Homeowners in the U.S.

Last year real-estate experts <b>predicted</b> that 2018 should continue to be a good year for U.S. homeowners, while some caution that home values could …

I'm 34 Years Old and Own 8 Homes. Here's How I Did It

It's a strategy that combines low cost of living and a frugal mindset.<p>When Paula Pant was 27 years old, she and her future husband Will were paying …

Data-science talent war is driving up salaries for people who can turn social media clicks into code

Murray Webb had been a lackluster student more interested in sports than schoolwork while attending a small Virginia college. Then he transferred to Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta to pursue a master's degree in applied statistics and landed four job offers upon graduation.<p>Webb, 33, …

Data Science

What India can teach a world drowning in debt

IMF's recently released global database shows that the world has a lot to learn from India's thrifty habits

Goldman Sachs just launched a new cryptocurrency

Soon, you may be able to use cryptocurrency to pay for anything from your morning coffee to happy hour drinks (or, you know, maybe some things that …