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Why Internet Entrepreneurs Should Care About Net Neutrality

<b>1. The 2016 Election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States.</b><p>President Trump's unprecedented path to the Oval Office was driven by a …

Net Neutrality

How to Pay for a Big Holiday Purchase (Without Paying Interest)

If you’re just now getting ready to shop for the holidays and don’t have enough cash on hand to cover everyone’s gifts, don’t panic. You don’t need …

Personal Finance

4 Ways Women Can Earn More and Get a Promotion

While making more money and getting a promotion are two common career goals, research shows that women still earn less than men who work in the same …

Careers

What You Should Know Before Investing in a Bonus Annuity

Coincidentally, the additional .25% in fees for eight years totaled the 4% bonus the client would be receiving.<p><b>There Is No Free Lunch</b><p>Think before you …

Finance

Betterment vs. Wealthfront: Who Should You Trust to Handle Your Money?

Robo-advisors—online investing platforms that seek to emulate the services of a financial advisor—have grown in popularity in recent years. They’re …

Finance

Iceland is Home of Bitcoin Mining

Iceland is a small and beautiful country. It’s also a country that has had its share of financial crisis. The country was devastated by the financial …

Iceland

Could this Mean the End of Ads?

Admit it.<p>You hate the ads that you're forced to watch on YouTube before can see the video you want. You just suck it up and lose 5-30 seconds of your …

Warren Buffett

Silk Road and Beyond: How Bitcoin and the Dark Web Are Evolving

Two words will be indelibly etched on the minds of many people following bitcoin: Silk Road. This was the original dark market, and it became …

Bitcoin

What's the Deal with FinTech?

These days if you read anything about bitcoin or blockchain technology, the term ‘FinTech’ is thrown around as the “next big thing.”<p>Banks and …

FinTech

Bitcoins in Space!

Bitcoin has become pretty popular across the planet, but what about in space? One of the core developers of the bitcoin protocol has been working on …

Bitcoin

Bitcoin's price can be difficult to read.

Bitcoin is a strange animal. Its price fluctuates more than most currencies, which can make it difficult to use as an everyday store of value.<p>What …

Cryptocurrency

How Bitcoins are Taxed

The same three aspects are found with convertible virtual currencies.<p>Let's start by discussing what happens from a tax perspective <i>at the end</i> when …

Cryptocurrency

Here's What You Need to Know About Bitcoin Mining Pools

Many hands make light work, or so the saying goes. In the world of bitcoin mining, that can be a good thing. Mining pools have made it easier to get …

Cryptocurrency

Do I Owe Taxes on my Bitcoin?

It’s year end. Soon the holidays will be over and before you know it, your thoughts will turn to thinking about…taxes!<p>If you own bitcoin and have …

Finance

How To Get Certified as a Bitcoin Expert

These days there are certainly more people who are unaware of bitcoin than there are those who are knowledgeable about it and digital currencies …

Cryptocurrency

Is Bitcoin Safe?

Bitcoin offers lots of benefits, but is it safe to use? Convenience and lower fees aside, customers can easily lose large amounts of money if they …

Cryptocurrency

How I Invested in Bitcoin - Part One

My interest in bitcoin in 2013 led me to co-write the book, “What’s the Deal with Bitcoins?” with Ryan Lancelot. At the time of the writing of the …

Cryptocurrency

Dollars for Bitcoins? Bitcoins for Dollars? No problem!

The primary use of bitcoins was always envisioned as a form of currency. However, as a form of payment and currency, there’s been a need to correlate …

Can I Make Money Mining Bitcoins?

Is bitcoin mining worth it? Many people dream of buying a miner, plugging it in, sitting back and watching the dough roll in. Sadly, it’s not that …

Cryptocurrency

What Do Financial Advisers Think of Bitcoin?

For those of you who work with a financial adviser, bringing up bitcoin as an investment option will probably bring chuckles and groans from most …

Bitcoin

$550 for a Credit Card? Here’s Why That Annual Fee Might Be Worth It.

Don’t be turned off by a card with an eye popping annual fee, especially if you travel often. Cards with the highest fees often come with the …

Personal Finance

Do You Get Paid Extra for Working on a Holiday?

Employees often ask whether they have to work on holidays, if they will be paid extra for having to work on a holiday and, if they do have to work, …

Christmas

Scared of Investing in the Markets? Here's How to Get Over It.

About half of Americans (52 percent) say they currently have money in the stock market, according to Gallup. That may sound good, but it’s the lowest …

Finance

Using Digital Currencies to Disrupt Facebook and Twitter

Most people use social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to communicate with friends, families and even strangers. As much as each of these …

Attention Economy

Find out When IRAs or 401(k)s Are Available to Creditors After Death

It's a question often asked: When someone dies leaving an IRA or 401(k), must the money be used to pay his bills? If your loved one has recently died …

Retirement

What is the Average Hours Per Week Worked in the US?

How many hours a week do American work? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics <i>(February 2015)</i>, Americans work an average of 38.6 hours per week, …

The Workplace

What's Behind the Rally in Russian Stocks?

The Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSE ARCA: RSX) has soared more than 45 percent since January 2016 making it one of the best-performing markets in the …

Stocks

6 Ways To Grow Your 401(k) For Long-Term Retirement Wealth

If financial peace of mind in your retirement years, tax advantages, and free money sound good to you, then don’t wait another year before you start …

Retirement

What You Need to Buy After You Buy Your First Home

In addition to a budget for buying a home, you may also need to create a budget for things to buy for your new house. Many first-time home buyers, …

Home Improvement

Expect These 8 People to Check Your Credit Report

Your credit report contains a lot of information about your payment habits that many businesses use to decide whether to do business with you and how …

Determine