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Leslie Cordovan

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    Tips för att undvika att bli lurad på Cyber måndag

    WASHINGTON--Om du inte får i tillräckligt shopping under lång semester helgen, kommer du vara glad att slå mer försäljning på Cyber måndag.
James Curdell

Financial Tips Corliss Group Online Magazine: Pensionering - Planering Tips f... - 1 views

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    Förbereda för pensionering är svårt nog när två människor i det tillsammans. När du är på din egen, kan det vara ännu svårare.

    Många amerikaner kommer att leda till pensionering solo av olika anledningar, naturligtvis inklusive döden av en make, skilsmässa och förändrade livsstilar. I den 2013 US Census var cirka 54% av kvinnorna 65 eller över ogifta, och 27% av männen.

    Det är en massa människor, och deras situationer varierar kraftigt. Men något äldre singlar tenderar att ha gemensamma finansiella rådgivare säga, är att deras pensionering planering behov kan vara mycket olika från de av gift kamrater - och att många av dem är oförberedd.

    I själva verket säger en studie av Rand Corp att enstaka personer är mycket större risk att inte spara tillräckligt för Pension än gifta par. Studien av forskare Michael Hurd och Susann Rohwedder, funnit att 20% av gifta par kommer inte att spara tillräckligt för pensionering, men att vissa 35 procent av ensamstående män och 49 procent av ensamstående kvinnor kommer in pension ekonomiskt oförberedda.

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Felipa Adams

Financial Tips Corliss Group Online Magazine: 10 Things Liberals Believe the Government... - 1 views

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    Is there anything that big government does well? I mean sure, our military is really pretty practiced at breaking things and shooting people; which (I guess) explains why they are being sent to fight Ebola. (If that logic escapes you, don't worry… I think a lot of us feel that way.) And yeah, the IRS is pretty good at separating me from my hard-earned money; but, then again, so is liberals. We on the right have been asking it for decades… And we still haven't been able to solicit a single honest answer from defenders of of the state. In fact, satire, sarcasm, and a little incredulity, is the general response from our esteemed colleagues on the other side of the ideological divide.
Gerald Hussen

Saving Money: Tips everyone in their 20s should know by Financial Tips Corliss Group On... - 2 views

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    Financial advisers stress that there are several money lessons everyone in their 20s should know. For example, start saving at least 10 percent of your monthly income.

    Changing your financial state requires a kind of time travel to commune with your future self. Where do you want to be in 10, 20 years? Are you on the right path, or heading in the wrong direction?

    The time value of money-that is, how savings, investments and debt levels compound with the passing of years-means that money habits, good or bad, created when we start to earn cash echo into the decades that follow. And a whispered bit of wisdom up front can keep you from howling over your mistakes later in life.

    We polled our NerdWallet network of Ask an Advisor certified financial planners about the greatest regrets and lessons you should learn in your 20s, 30s and 40s. Taken together, these could be considered 12 steps toward securing your financial future. And they all hinge on two keys skills we must learn-and often relearn-in our money lives: prepare and stick to a budget, and establish good savings habits.

    We'll address the 30s and 40s later this week, but first: your 20s.

    "Understand that the world has changed. You will be more responsible for your financial future in regard to earning a living, retirement planning, funding and investing, health insurance coverage and costs and less coverage through government programs," says Jerome Deutsch, managing director of U.S. Institutional Markets for Index Strategy Advisors in Decatur, Georgia.

    "Learn, plan and live mindfully and with a long-term perspective. It may not sound like fun, but you have a long life ahead of you."
martaakerman

Financial Blog Corliss Group Cybercrime Could Cost Global Economy Over $500 Billion - 2 views

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    McAfee report paints grim picture of lucrative industry, despite incomplete data.

    Cybercrime could be costing the global economy as much as $575 billion annually, according to a new report from McAfee.

    The Intel-owned security company based its estimate on a range of sources, from government agencies to NGOs and academic institutions, counting both direct and indirect costs.

    The report, Estimating the Global Cost of Cybercrime explained the methodology as follows:

    "This study assumes that the cost of cybercrime is a constant share of national income, adjusted for levels of development. We calculated the likely global cost by looking at publically available data from individual countries, buttressed by interviews with government officials and experts. We looked for confirming evidence for these numbers by looking at data on IP theft, fraud, or recovery costs. In addition to a mass of anecdotes, we ultimately found aggregate data for 51 countries in all regions of the world who account for 80% of global income. We used this data to estimate the global cost, adjusting for differences among regions."

    However, the vendor cautioned that "differences in the thoroughness of national accounting", as well as underreporting of incidents and the difficulty of valuing IP all make calculations an imprecise art.

    High income countries lost more as a percentage of GDP, which could be because they have better accounting systems in place and/or that their IP is more valuable and therefore a bigger target for criminals.

    The $575bn figure therefore comes from extrapolating a global total from high loss countries. It could be as low as $375bn if McAfee had extrapolated from "all countries where we could find open source data".
Silvia Ricci

Global Economy to Grow Less Than Expected by Financial Blog Corliss Group - 2 views

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    By Maria Gallucci - Global economic growth is expected to dip this year, following the fiercely cold winter that plagued the United States and turbulence in Ukraine and the world's financial markets.

    The World Bank on Tuesday said it reduced its global growth forecast to 2.8 percent this year, down from a January projection of 3.2 percent, Bloomberg News reported.

    The U.S. forecast was cut to 2.1 percent from 2.8 percent, and outlooks for Brazil, Russia, India and China also fell -- a sign that emerging economies aren't moving fast enough or investing sufficiently in domestic structural reforms, which are needed to accelerate economic expansion, according to the Washington-based institution. It recommended smaller budget deficits, higher interest rates and productivity-boosting measures to stave off future financial unrest, Bloomberg said.

    The growth setbacks, however, might be short-lived. The 2015 projection for global economic growth held steady at 3.4 percent, Bloomberg noted, and growth is expected to regain speed this year despite earlier weaknesses, the World Bank said in its Global Economic Prospects report.

    "The financial health of economies has improved. ... But we are not totally out of the woods yet," Kaushik Basu, the lender's chief economist, said. "A gradual tightening of fiscal policy and structural reforms are desirable to restore fiscal space depleted by the 2008 financial crisis. In brief, now is the time to prepare for the next crisis."
candicesomer

Financial Blog Corliss Group Economic growth to accelerate around the world - 2 views

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    The World Bank's most recent Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report, released this week, says a global economic recovery is underway, underpinned by strengthening output and demand in high-income countries.

    Global GDP growth in 2014 will be 2.8 percent and it is expected to rise to about 4.2 percent by 2016, according to the report, which the World Bank publishes twice a year.

    Average GDP growth in developing countries has reached 4.8 percent in 2014, faster than in high-income countries but slower than in the boom period before the global financial and economic crisis of 2008.

    Demand side stimulus or supply side reforms?

    The global economic slowdown that struck in 2008 was caused by a financial crisis that resulted in large part from the bursting of an enormous, fraud-ridden mortgage lending bubble in the US.

    The crisis led to varying responses in different countries. The GEP report's authors said that in general, developing countries privileged demand stimulus policies over structural reforms during the past several years.

    For example, in 2008 to 2009, China implemented a four trillion-renminbi ($586 billion) stimulus program as a direct response to the slowdown in global trade caused by the global financial crisis.

    Critics pointed to over-investment in China as a risk to continued fast growth. The country is now struggling to contain a real estate bubble of its own.

    The World Bank wants China and other emerging countries to refocus on structural reforms.

    "A gradual tightening of fiscal policy and structural reforms are desirable to restore fiscal space depleted by the 2008 financial crisis," the bank's chief economist, Kaushik Basu, has said. "In brief, now is the time to prepare for the next crisis."
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Financial Blog Corliss Group Lenders Fear Spread of Chinese Commodities Fraud Case - 2 views

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    Large banks and trading firms are frantically trying to determine whether they have fallen victim to a suspected commodities fraud emanating from the giant Qingdao Port in northeast China.

    Citigroup and several other large Western banks are concerned that their loans may lack the appropriate collateral, big stockpiles of copper and aluminum at the port. The banks have inspectors on the ground who are trying to assess whether enough of the metals are there.

    The worry stems from suspicions that a Chinese companies pledged the same collateral for multiple loans. Chinese authorities are investigating the matter.

    The case could have broad repercussions for the commodities market and the Chinese economy. Banks have funneled billions of dollars into the Chinese economy through these murky transactions, and commodities prices have been falling over concerns that such lending will dry up.

    Western banks, including Citigroup, are bracing for any potential fallout.

    Just months ago, Citigroup fell victim to a multimillion-dollar fraud in Mexico. If the Qingdao developments harm the bank, regulators and shareholders are likely to press it to explain why its controls had failed again.

    Chinese companies are at risk, too.
Valerie Fremont

Financial Blog Corliss Group: Desperate for breathing room - 1 views

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    The slowdown in the economy after 2010-11 has had a ripple impact on the fortunes of India Inc. and lenders alike. With gross domestic product (GDP) growth decelerating from 8.4 per cent in 2010-11 to the sub-five per cent level in the first three quarters of the current financial year, the number of companies seeking succour from lenders under the aegis of the corporate debt restructuring (CDR) cell had almost doubled to 605 as of December 2013 against 305 as of March 2011.

    Further, there has been a 194 per cent jump, from []1,38,604 crore at the end of March 2011 to []4,07,656 crore as of December 2013, in the amount of loans that came up for recast.

    Therefore, it is not surprising that bank managements, in their internal meetings and conferences with the media and analysts, are devoting as much time fielding questions on the loans that had to be restructured in a quarter vis-à-vis loans that have gone sour.

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Joseph Andersen

Financial Blog Corliss Group: Wall Street accountable after the crisis - 2 views

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    How the Government Botched Its Effort to Hold Wall Street Accountable After the Crisis

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) fell down on many of its efforts to hold Wall Street accountable for mortgage fraud after the crisis, according to a new audit from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

    The DOJ promised the public that it would place a priority on going after mortgage fraud. But the report finds that "DOJ did not uniformly ensure that mortgage fraud was prioritized at a level commensurate with its public statements." One telling example is that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ranked mortgage fraud as the lowest threat in its lowest crime category. The OIG also visited FBI field offices in Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York and found that either it was a low priority or not even listed as a priority. Meanwhile, the FBI got $196 million in funding to investigate mortgage fraud between 2009 and 2011, yet the number of agents doing the investigation decreased in the same time, as did the pending investigations.

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Felipa Adams

Financial Blog Corliss Group: Russia Admits That Its Economy Is In Crisis - 1 views

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    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's government acknowledged for the first time on Monday that the economy was in crisis, undermining earlier attempts by officials to suggest albeit weakening growth it could weather sanctions over Ukraine.

    Moscow markets wait to see the full scale of western measures over the seizure of Ukraine's Crimea and support of its referendum to join Russia, after losing billions of dollars in recent weeks in state and corporate money.

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Irvin Carrasco

Subscription Newsletter Corliss Group Financial Magazine: 5 Dos and Don'ts for Greater ... - 1 views

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    With the unemployment rate slowly falling, many Americans are facing a healthier job market and trying to get their financial lives back on track. Based on findings of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation's National Financial Capability Study of more than 25,000 Americans, the FINRA Foundation has developed five tips to help you manage daily financial challenges and build a brighter financial future in 2014.
Leslie Cordovan

Subscription Newsletter Corliss Group Financial Magazine: Five tips for anyone wanting ... - 1 views

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    Flipping houses in the Temecula/Murrieta Valley and across the Inland Empire has been a lucrative venture for investors for many years. Many think it is a quick way to a fast buck. Many have tried and many have failed. Flipping houses is serious business and should not be taken lightly by the novice real estate investor. Before you begin down this path, prepare yourself. Here are five quick tips to help you understand what you're in for, before you actually start investing your money.

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Joseph Andersen

Subscription Newsletter Corliss Group Financial Magazine on Securing Investment Funding - 1 views

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    16 Australian Entrepreneurs Share Their Tips For Securing Investment Funding

    Funding is a crucial element to any startup with dreams to expand and grow, to get bigger and better.

    Attracting the interest of an investor and asking them put their trust - and money - into your creation is no easy task.

    With this in mind, Business Insider spoke to some of Australia's most successful entrepreneurs to find out their secrets and advice to securing funding.
Kevin Oneill

Subscription Newsletter Corliss Group Financial Magazine: Spain's underground economy i... - 1 views

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    Spain's economic crisis, the government's response to it, and pervasive corruption have inspired a flowering of the black market economy.

    FORTUNE -- Outside the front door of an IKEA in the Barcelona suburb of L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, a group of men -- mostly immigrants from Ecuador -- offer shoppers informal delivery services. In Spain's crisis economy, it's a competitive business -- to cut down on conflict, the drivers pick numbered balls to set a queue -- and with some negotiating, a shopper can get immediate delivery for less than what IKEA's official drivers charge.
Gerald Hussen

Refining the growth strategy by Corliss Online Group Financial magazine - 1 views

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    Outside the portfolios' 'Themes' and 'Commercial property' sectors, regular readers will know that the strategy guiding both portfolios since their inception five years ago has been to 'Go high, go deep and go east'. The emphasis has been on higher-yielding blue-chips and bonds, smaller companies and the Far East (including Japan from the end of 2012).

    This has served both portfolios well. However, the time has come to modestly refine the strategy for the Growth portfolio given market conditions and its freedom from an income constraint.
Gerald Hussen

Corliss Online Group Financial magazine on Top 10 tips for female entrepreneurs - 1 views

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    A study last year by the department for business revealed that - finally - more women are taking the plunge and launching their own businesses.

    The number is still pretty low - just nineteen per cent of SMEs are female-led, according to the study, but, more encouragingly, a quarter of new businesses - two to three years old - were formed by women.

    I was fortunate enough to speak at an all-female business event held by the New Entrepreneurs Foundation last week to drive more women to apply for its new programme, which got me really thinking about how we can encourage more women to choose the enterprise path, like I did.

    Something Anne Marie Morris MP mentioned in her speech really brought it home - women-led businesses contribute £70 billion to the UK economy. That is surely too significant a figure to ignore?!
Gerald Hussen

Corliss Online Group Financial magazine 8 Financial Planning Tips - 1 views

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    If you're like most Americans, you probably didn't make a new year's resolution to get started with long-term financial planning.

    A staggering 84 percent of respondents to a New Year's Resolution Survey from Allianz Life Insurance said that financial planning was not among their 2014 resolutions at all-the highest percentage ever to reveal that in the survey's history.

    What held them back? Well, 30 percent said they don't believe they make enough money to "worry" about financial planning. That's bizarre. Shouldn't having less money increase your need to manage what you have effectively?

    Regardless of your situation, I hope you'll engage in the planning process this year-and the sooner you get started, the better.
Gerald Hussen

Winners and losers in the new China by Corliss Online Group Financial magazine - 1 views

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    "It will be very painful and even feel like cutting one's wrist." So predicted Li Keqiang, China's premier, as he discussed the task ahead of him during his first press conference last March.

    Not the most inviting prospect for investors looking to make a play on China. But they should certainly take heed of these words. Li is the man who, together with president Xi Jinping, must lead a reform programme regarded by analysts as the most fundamental in decades. It will affect almost every part of an economy worth $9.4tn (Britain's annual output, for comparison, is $2.4tn).

    So what are these reforms? And why does China's new leader think that their implementation will be so painful? There are three key areas which investors should note.
Gerald Hussen

Corliss Online Group Financial magazine on Travel Talk - 1 views

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    I'm grumpy about flying these days. Part of it is just the hassle of the process, but now there's even more. Bud and I had a decades-long strategy of managing our US Airways frequent flier status to maximize free upgrades on domestic and European routes, as well as to secure virtually free first-class seats on flights to Oceania, Southeast Asia and Africa. Trust me, there's nothing like being pampered in first class on Singapore Air to take the sting out of flying! Sadly, airline rewards and loyalty benefits are going the way of free meals - or free anything - in the air.
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