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Spotify Is About To Blow Past iTunes In Europe

"Some of our partners are saying Spotify is now generating more revenue each month across Continental Europe than iTunes," Spotify's head of label relations in Europe, Kevin Brown, told industry site Music Week.<p>"Given that download sales are declining and Spotify is growing rapidly, particularly in …

The Chinese take Manhattan: replace Russians as top apartment buyers

NEW YORK/SYDNEY (Reuters) - For the first time, the Chinese have become the biggest foreign buyers of apartments in Manhattan, real estate brokers estimate, taking the mantle from the Russians - whose activity has dropped off since the unrest in Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions against …

How to save Wall Street: Start with better parenting and more Canadians

<i>This post, originally published on April 27, was updated on May 18.</i><p>This past February, I retired from finance. Although I intend to continue to study the markets and write about them, I have no intention of ever working in the securities industry again. This makes it easy for me to talk to you …

Wealthy Chinese home buyers boost suburban L.A. housing markets

The overflow from China's economic high tide is transforming the housing markets of suburban Los Angeles.<p>Affluent Chinese home buyers are driving prices past boom-era peaks, spawning a subset of property brokers and mortgage lenders that cater to their distinct needs — and even dictate design …

19 Extraordinary Women In Silicon Valley Tech

They've created interesting startups, snagged new positions at great companies, and have had major milestones at their own.

The Warren Buffet passive portfolio

Warren Buffet: One of the world’s richest men, perhaps its greatest living investor, a global philanthropist, sage, paragon of modesty, and a damn …

Obama Budget Takes Aim At Popular Wealth Transfer Tools

When Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act or ATRA at the dawn of 2013, it seemed to end 12 years of uncertainty about how much could pass estate-tax free; what the tax will be on transfers above that amount; and even whether there would be an estate tax at all.<p>If Pres. Obama has his …

How To Be Successful In Life And Business, According To Jack Ma

Billionaire Jack Ma is the the founder of Alibaba Group, as well as one of the most successful Chinese Internet entrepreneurs. He is also the first …

Six important tax tips for homeowners

For tax year 2013, the standard deduction is $6,100 for single Americans and $12,200 for those married and filing jointly.<p>That means unless you can claim more than those amounts, there's no reason to itemize.<p>One of the most common ways to get over the threshold, however, is to own a house and …

Office Politics: A Skill Women Should Lean Into

Who says women don’t like office politics? Just about everyone: My clients. My colleagues. My mother. The sommelier at the French restaurant I ate lunch at last weekend. They’ve all complained about office politics. Some women claim they are not good at it, while others simply avoid certain …

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FORTUNE — Private equity has long fought against its reputation as a “greed is good” job-killer, arguing that it really is an economic growth engine that saves troubled companies and makes strong employers even stronger.<p>But it seems that the message can even be a hard sell even to some within …

A look behind the curtain: how Netflix redesigned and rebuilt its television experience

The Onion joked recently that Netflix (S NFLX) was going to introduce a new Browse Endlessly plan. For $5, it would offer consumers a way to scroll …

Six categories of Data Scientists

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The Best Unknown Strategies In Your 401(k)

One of the biggest and most legitimate complaints of 401(k) retirement plans is the lack of investment options available to you. It’s not uncommon for plans to offer only 19 funds* (from my viewpoint many of which do not provide true diversification) so how do you know how to pick the right funds …

What Can We Do With Money For Our Kids?

People who take good care of their children take good care of their money, and people who take good care of their money take good care of their children.<p>The best thing we can do is to be people of good character and earn money through our labor. Dr. Johnson was, as ever, correct when he said, “Sir, …

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How To Invest In 'The Smart Home'

<i>Disclosure</i><i>: I own QCOM,ELON,CTRL stocks</i><p>Anyone looking for the next theme that will create opportunities for momentum investing doesn’t have to look further than the smart home industry.<p>This theme—part of a broader trend of connecting everyday devices—isn’t new. If my memory is correct, Cisco’s CEO …

Three Traits Every Young Wall Streeter Should Have Before They're 30

Jeffrey Solomon, CEO of Cowen and Company, a New York City-based investment bank, moved to the city to eventually be an actor, but after a few years in banking he was hooked on Wall Street.<p>In a recent interview with finance career site OneWire, Solomon explained that it was his time working on …

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Apple Is Already Building Its Next Massive Business And No One Seems To Have Noticed

If you thought iPhones or iPads, you'd be wrong. Growth of both of those is in decline.<p>It's actually e-commerce — via iTunes, iBooks and the app stores. Sales of extra, non-Apple "stuff" via Apple's products were up 19% to $4.4 billion in Q1 2014.<p>This business is one of Apple's smaller lines, of …

Samsung And PayPal Just One-Upped Apple In Mobile Payments

Among the numerous features introduced in the device, there's one that could lay the groundwork for the next major battle between Samsung and Apple.<p>Like the iPhone 5S, the Galaxy S5 includes a fingerprint scanner built into the home button on the front of the device.<p>While this might just look like …

7 Incredible Grand Tours You Can Actually Afford

Sometimes a one-week vacation just isn't enough. From a safari journey around Africa to an extensive cross-country tour of the U.S., we've rounded up …

Getaways to Give Every Resolution a Boost

At the end of December, <i>Details</i> reported that one in three people who make New Year’s resolutions ditch those resolutions by the end of January. Ah, …