2014 Stock Market Predictions

Investors at all levels are always keen to hear and make predictions about what the stock markets might do over the course of a financial year. While accurate predictions are hard to come by, these predictions can actually be far more than speculative.

The ups and downs seen on the stock market are sometimes a direct result of confidence in the market. In this sense, market predictions are often considered to be something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. That is to say that if a lot of people think a stock will perform well, it probably will. With this in mind, let’s(…)

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Paying for your Car

Congratulations, you’ve bought a new car! Now the question is, what is the best way to pay for the loan you had to take out to get it? The answer to that question depends on your financial situation. However, the quicker you can pay off the loan, the better you will be. As long as you have a balance on your loan, it will be racking up interest charges and costing you more and more money.

One way to repay your car loan is in one lump sum payment. Has your tax return come in? Has some other large sum of(…)

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How Using Car Insurance Quotes Can Save You Money

Some people look on line for the best insurance quotes thinking that it will save them money, while others will actually sit down with an insurance agent to discuss their personal situation and find out what their options are. The benefit to sitting down with an agent over researching online is that online you may not get the best deal or see all of the discounts that you may be entitled too. In the next few paragraphs, we will give you some tips and ideas to consider that will show you how using car insurance quotes can save you money.(…)

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Can an Energy Broker Save Your Businesses Thousands of Dollars a Year?

Small business owners who live in states where electrical utilities are unregulated are often told that they can slash their monthly electricity costs drastically. All they have to do is buy from an independent broker who will shop for the most competitive electricity prices in the market. Best of all, the business owner doesn’t have to pay a cent in sales commissions because the broker’s fees are paid by the electricity provider. That leaves a burning question; can a strategy like this be too good to be true?

For some businesses it’s a huge money saver and for others it really(…)

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Tom Kerr has been a published, award-winning writer, author, and journalist for more than a decade. He currently contributes to CompareCards.com, among other publications.

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Tax on Forgiven Foreclosure Debt May Return in 2014

During the severe and ongoing housing market crisis millions of homeowners found themselves “underwater” on their mortgages, owing more than the market value of their homes. That made it virtually impossible to qualify for refinancing or to sell the home and generate enough money to pay off a burdensome loan. The inevitable result was the financially harsh and oftentimes emotionally devastating outcome of foreclosure.

In some cases, however, there may be a solution.  Your bank may agree to modify the terms of your existing mortgage to make it possible for you to repay it in a more manageable way. They may(…)

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Deductions that Could Trigger an IRS Tax Audit

Everyone loves to discover a valuable and legal tax benefit that makes them eligible for deductions. There are all sorts of categories of business expenses, for instance, that a small business owner or sole proprietor such as a freelancer can list as legitimate deductions.

Let’s say, for instance, that you run a day care center in your home and can calculate the amount of square footage in your house that is devoted to that enterprise. You can then use that data to extrapolate the portion or percentage of your home that falls under the business umbrella for tax purposes. You also(…)

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A Simple Guide to Better Money Management

If correctly managing your money sometimes feels like a daunting task and you end up living from pay check to pay check, it’s time to take on some healthier financial habits. Everyone should be aware of the basics of money management, however much or little they earn. Knowing these early will stand you in good stead for the rest of your life, including your retirement.

Start Budgeting

Budgeting means keeping a record of the money you have coming in from your salary, pension or benefits, and the money you pay out for things like rent, mortgage payments, insurance, Council Tax and living(…)

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Did Carrying a Credit Card Just Get Creepy?

We are right in the middle of an uncomfortable controversy over wiretapping, phone record snooping, and email eavesdropping by law enforcement and/or military agencies – most notably the National Security Administration. Americans are seeking to find the right balance in regard to preserving constitutional freedoms while giving the government the tools it needs to ensure security and protection. Meanwhile consumers are debating whether marketing companies have the legitimate right to monitor their movements and personal browsing habits on the Internet through various digital tracking technologies.

Everyone wants to have individual control over how and when their personal information is shared, so(…)

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