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Finding Stocks That Can Double

My favorite question to ask of a CEO is what are you working on that has the potential to double your stock price over the next 3 to 5 years? If the CEO cannot provide a good answer to this question, there is no reason to believe the stock can do any better than an index fund so I’ll pass. It’s …

The 12 Most Popular Free Online Courses For Professionals

Based on data from online education platform Coursera, we compiled a list of the 12 most popular, free online classes for working professionals.<p>Here they are, ranked by popularity:<p>Coursera's most popular course offers an introduction to classic and contemporary social psychology, covering topics …

And, the Average Entrepreneur's Salary Is ...

A study from American Express OPEN revealed that while more than half of small business owners pay themselves a regular salary, they are receiving an average salary of $68,000 annually, down from $72,000 a year ago. In addition, nearly 15 percent of small business owners need to work a second job …

Is The Apple-IBM Union A Death Knell For Blackberry?

Watch out Blackberry, the iPhone is coming to eat your lunch — again.<p>Blackberry has already ceded the consumer smartphone market to Apple and others. The company has rebounded by refocusing on their core enterprise customer. But now Apple wants a piece of that business too — and it has another rich …

We’re in the third biggest stock bubble in U.S. history

Here’s a quick question for you. What do the following years have in common:<p>1853, 1906, 1929, 1969, 1999<p>Pass the question around your office. Call …

Foreclosure Inventory Is Down 37% From A Year Ago — But The News Isn't All Good

Since the financial crisis began in 2008, 5 million properties have been lost to foreclosure.<p>660,000 homes were in the process of being foreclosed (foreclosure inventory) as of May 2014, down 37% from 1 million a year ago.<p>Foreclosure inventory was down for the 31st straight month, and accounted for …

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Side Of Wall Street

Anyone who has been in Wall Street long enough has seen it all: the good, the bad, and the ugly. The good is when investors make money and manage to hold on to it, beating the major market averages like the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) over a long period of time. The bad is when investors amass a fortune …

Tightrope: Make entrepreneurial dreams reality

<b>Hi Gladys, I am currently working at chain restaurant, and I hate the working conditions. The owners are sometimes verbally abusive and I barely make enough money to live on. I have been saving money to get my own business started. My boyfriend has also been saving money. So together we are</b> …

Oil slips closer to $103 as supply fears recede

The price of oil slipped closer to $103 a barrel Tuesday as concerns about supply disruptions continued to fade.<p>Benchmark U.S. crude for August …

Asian stocks slip, dollar slumps

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks rose on Wall Street on Wednesday, lifting a global equities gauge as the Federal Reserve detailed its plan to allow a strengthening economy to fend for itself, while Brent fell as Libyan oil pumps came back online.<p>Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange …

Mercedes Challenges BMW For Crown As Investor Favorite

BMW has been the premium car investor’s favorite for some time, but Mercedes-Benz’s popular new products and its improved efficiency at making them has put the three-pointed star back in the race.<p>There are some mutterings to be heard about how the Daimler Benz subsidiary will have to spend big to …

For Investors, The Best Performing Auto Company In The World At Major Crossroad

Inside a hot testing center for large commercial vehicles, Tata Motors prepares for further modernization. There’s no going back for Tata now. This is becoming a world class auto maker. Investors are taking notice.<p>The best performing auto company stock this year is probably a company American …

Is Puerto Rico going to default?

It's not all fun and sunshine on Puerto Rico's beaches this summer. The U.S. territory issued a lot of debt. Now creditors want to be paid, but there are concerns about whether Puerto Rico will honor its obligations.<p>On Tuesday, Moody's knocked Puerto Rico's credit rating three notches further into …

Best markets to become a landlord

The rental market has been booming over the past several years, with many landlords earning double-digit returns of 10% or more.<p>And while rising home prices have dampened returns for landlords in some markets, other markets still offer plenty of profits, according to RealtyTrac which analyzed …

Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

It's going to be a big day.<p>The official U.S. jobs report is coming out, and the data often has a big effect on investor sentiment and market direction.<p>Here are the four things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York:<p><b>1. Jobs, jobs, jobs:</b> The U.S. Department of Labor will post its …

Hate Taxes? Move To Tax-Free Puerto Rico, Stay American, Avoid IRS

Increasingly, Americans are ditching their passports for far off lands. In some cases, they are motivated by high taxes and America’s unique worldwide tax reporting, though that’s rarely the only issue. Yet lower taxes can be had a lot closer to home and with more security. And you don’t have to …