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Looking to "Kickstart" Your Business?
Posted on June 12, 2013

Because even Bill Gates had to start somewhere, there is an innovative presence on the Internet called Kickstarter. In a nutshell, Kickstarter helps those who need funding for any type of creative project they’d like to roll out to the public. These can be anything in the music, design, technology, film, gaming and art arenas, [...]


No More Pennies in Canada. Should the US Follow Suit?
Posted on June 12, 2013

In Canada, the Economic Action Plan of 2012 brought about the end of the Canadian penny. The thought process was that, when comparing the face value versus its rising production cost, it just didn’t make sense to make them anymore. For now at least, the existing pennies can still be used for as long as[...]


The 3% Interest Mortgage Loan May Be a Thing of the Past
Posted on June 12, 2013

According to a recent CNN.com article, the days of too-good-to-be-true mortgage interest rates below four percent will soon be just that. As recently as early May, the rates for a fixed mortgage were at 3.3%, but in the last week of that month they had already escalated to 3.91% (compared to 3.67% at the same [...]


Fewer Vacancies and Higher Demand Means Big Profits for Landlords
Posted on June 5, 2013

If you’re planning to rent a home in the near future, you may wish you could turn back the clock a few years to the time when the recession was at its peak. During that period, it was unquestionably a renter’s market. The nation’s rental-vacancy rate swelled to 8%, and landlords were scrambling to fill [...]


175,000 New Jobs in May Signals Guarded Optimism
Posted on June 4, 2013

Over the past few years, the warmth in the air meant a cold spell in the job market. A downturn in jobs has been the norm each spring – that is, until 2013 (source). In May, there were 175,000 new jobs, yet another indication that the economy is making slow but steady progress. While this[...]


Most Experts Believe Citi is in for Great Things, but One Expert Disagrees
Posted on June 1, 2013

A recent poll consisting of 34 respected financial analysts (tracked by Bloomberg) showed that a vast majority believe Citigroup is on the cusp of major profits. But one of the four dissenters is the well-respected Charles Peabody, lead researcher at Portales Partners, LLC – the very gentleman who foresaw and predicted the mortgage crisis as[...]


Small Business Funding: All About the Small Business Association
Posted on May 30, 2013

The mission statement of the Small Business Administration (SBA) is to “Maintain and strengthen the nation’s economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.”[...]


Rotten to the Core? Apple Tax Scandal Further Blights Corporate Image
Posted on May 27, 2013

You may already have heard or read about the alleged poor working conditions for Apple's employees in China. It may not be the only worm in the company's image. Recently, the interrogation light was shined upon Apple, the country's most profitable technology company. At press time, the investigation continues. It turns out that Apple created[...]