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What's The Smartest Move: Pay Off Mortgage Or Invest The Money?

<i>Retiring your home loan sounds like a great idea. So does investing for your future. If you don’t have enough money to do both – and a lot of people don’t – which do you go for? AdviceIQ Network member Jason Lina, lead advisor at Resource Planning Group in Atlanta, tells us how to figure that …

Personal Finance

Old disease, modern problem: How hook-up culture is bringing syphilis back

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is grappling with the worst, and fastest-spreading, outbreak of syphilis in its history. Officials have recorded 60 cases so far in 2014, and believe the outbreak is part of a sustained wave of new infections that began in 2013.<p>Winnipeg isn't alone: Syphilis …

These 36 questions can make you 'fall in love with anyone'

A simple test claims to be able to make two people fall head-over-heels in love, by helping them seem vulnerable to each other. Why not give it a try?<p>The path to true love just got a whole lot smoother.<p>The key? To ask someone the 36 questions below - and answer them yourself. Doing this, …

Our Fancy Bank Apps Don’t Keep Us From Visiting Branches

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Bank customers keep loving mobile banking but stay away in droves from digital wallets, and they still want their bank …

Banking

9 Foods Doctors Swear By

In my book "Eat it to Beat It!" I tell you what to eat and what to avoid, based on the latest medical research. That got me thinking, what do the …

Target to accelerate $100 million chip-enabled smart card program: CFO | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Target Corp, which suffered a massive data breach during the holiday shopping season, is speeding up a $100 million program to implement the use of chip-enabled smart cards to protect against cyber theft, a senior company executive said.<p>The sign outside the Target store is …

Deion Sanders tweets he'll play in the Pro Bowl, Jerry Rice is more lukewarm

It's way past Primetime, but Deion Sanders wants to participate in the NFL's big exhibition game.<p>This year is the 44th Pro Bowl since the AFC-NFC merger, meaning it's the 44th season the NFL has tried to figure out ways to get people to watch the Pro Bowl. The big twist this year: Deion Sanders and …

Amazon Was The Best Perceived Brand Of 2013, And No Other Tech Company Even Came Close

Google, which came in at No. 10 in 2012 and No. 4 in 2011, did not even rank. A YouGov BrandIndex representative told Business Insider that when Edward Snowden's NSA leaks shocked the world in June, "every major Internet company took a big perception nosedive."<p>Amazon was not among the companies …

Top 10

Side Effect Of Legal Pot: Police Budgets Take A Hit

Some U.S. states are viewing the legalization of marijuana as a chance to gain new sources of tax revenue. Several states allow its use for medical reasons; Colorado has approved its recreational use, and Washington will follow suit this year.<p>But the decriminalization of pot also stands to remove a …

Sprint bids sudden goodbye to its One Up upgrade plan

Carriers know you want to upgrade your phone more than once every two years. Sprint, after offering an easy way to make this happen for a few months, has apparently changed its mind.<p>In September, Sprint offered its early upgrade plan, called One Up, matching similar plans already offered by its big …

Barclays analysts: Don\’t get fooled by gold again

Dollar stores are now getting too expensive for many Americans

At first glance, the fortunes of American families have significantly improvement recently. Household net worth has rebounded back to roughly where it was before the financial crisis.<p>Why? A surge in stock and real estate prices. The stock market is up 46% since the end of 2010. And after years of …

Stock Markets

Zynga Has Begun Testing Accepting Payments In Bitcoin

The announcement has caused Bitcoin prices to surge back to $1,000 on the Mt. Gox exchange.<p>Zynga made the announcement exclusively on reddit. Bitpay, one of the largest Bitcoin payment processing firms, will handle the transactions.<p>Here's the full text:<p>We wanted to share with the r/bitcoin …

Bitcoin

Associated Press News

Gold price collapse is the worst for 30 years

The precious metal has been one of the worst-performing assets in 2013, bringing an end to a decade-long rally<p>Gold will finish the year as one of the worst-performing asset classes, bringing to an end a decade-long rally in the precious metal.<p>Gold has suffered its sharpest fall in 30 years, down …

Bitcoin's Incredible Year

Last year at this time, valued at just $13.50, one Bitcoin could get you a movie ticket if you could find a theater that had 1) heard of Bitcoin and 2) accepted it. Fat chance. Luckily, Bitcoin owners had a different form of entertainment: the fiscal version of <i>She’s All That</i>. “Last year’s nerd …

What a Bitcoin is really worth in India and China

The Bitcoin saga took an unpleasant turn this December when China’s central bank banned financial institutions from dealing in the virtual currency. …

Cryptocurrency

Banks Try To Save Big With 'ATMs Of The Future'

There's a drive-thru ATM in Charlotte, N.C., that looks pretty standard, but it has an extra function: a button that says "speak with teller."<p>The face of a woman wearing a headset sitting in front of a plain blue background flashes onto the ATM screen. "Good afternoon," she says. "Welcome to Bank …

Shareholder to bank leaders: It\’s hard to trust you

Bull vs. Bear: Will stocks go higher or stall in 2014?

Wall Street bull says double-digit gains ahead in 2014. But a market skeptic says the 'melt-up' has already occurred, and a flat market is more likely in new year.<p>In the annual face-off between bull and bear, Wall Street's most optimistic prognosticator sees the strong stock market momentum …

Baby Boomers' retirement 1st wave of global crisis

A global retirement crisis is bearing down on workers of all ages.<p>Spawned years before the Great Recession and the financial meltdown in 2008, the crisis was significantly worsened by those twin traumas. It will play out for decades, and its consequences will be far-reaching.<p>Many people will be …

Retirement

$1,000 Pill For Hepatitis C Spurs Debate Over Drug Prices

Federal regulators this month opened a new era in the treatment of a deadly liver virus that infects three to five times more people than HIV. Now the question is: Who will get access to the new drug for hepatitis C, and when?<p>The drug Sovaldi will cost $1,000 per pill. A typical course of treatment …

Stop coddling your dog—he’s 99.9% wolf

SANTA CLARITA, California—Cesar Millan crosses the road to meet me. Two pit bulls, a Chihuahua, and a Yorkshire terrier—named Junior, Taco, Alfie and Kaley Cuoko—follow. Off leash and at heel, the dogs are calm, almost languid. If Millan communicates with them, I do not notice.<p>For the past few …

Pets

It's Not Just Poor People Getting Hosed When Congress Lets Unemployment Insurance Expire

NEW YORK -- David Torian is an Ivy League-educated lawyer and a onetime chief of staff to then-Rep. Michael McNulty (D-N.Y.). He has 23 years of experience in congressional and government relations, witnessed and practiced politics at the highest level, and has been well compensated along the …

6 market surprises for 2014

“The Beatles have no future in show business,” wrote an executive at London’s Decca records as he turned down the chance to sign the Liverpool group …

London Stock Exchange