Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 6:00 am
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Recent studies show a shift in spending among the wealthy.

Monday, January 14, 2013 6:00 am
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Luxury carmakers are enjoying record sales worldwide.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 2:50 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Wealthier buyers are unleashing pent-up demand for new homes.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 9:55 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Luxury is an important part of Europe’s wealth, as reflected in its top 10 billionaires.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 6:59 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

The global wealth boom produced an appetite for luxury products that went unchecked until the economy began slumping in 2008.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 5:57 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Real estate kingpin Donald Trump is feeling the pain of the downturn in the global housing market. Buyers in one of his latest luxury condo/hotel buildings in Toronto began having second thoughts even before the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Condos in the 65-story Trump International Hotel and Tower start at $2.3 million and hotel condos start at

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 5:37 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Who is purchasing the most expensive real estate? Although buyers from around the globe are investing in the downturn in the U.S., the Russians are writing the biggest checks, according to The New York Times. Since the real estate market crashed four years ago, the Times reports that Russians have signed contracts for more than

Monday, March 05, 2012 6:13 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

At the beginning of the housing crash, it seemed as though luxury homes might be spared the worst of it. But the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices show that in many metro areas, prices are stabilizing among cheaper homes but still falling in the high-end real estate market. So far, according to Smart

Friday, July 08, 2011 3:43 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

If your vision of┬áretirement communities is a few dozen prefab homes scattered around a shuffleboard court, you haven’t been keeping up with the latest trend in homebuilding. These days,┬áretirement communities for those over age 55 have upped the ante significantly, with amenities such as valet parking, dog-walkers and five-star chefs. There are even “lifestyle directors”

Friday, April 15, 2011 3:29 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

The rich are ratcheting up their spending and feeling more confident about their own wealth and the direction of the economy, according to the 2011 luxury market survey by American Express and Harrison Group. Households with at least $100,000 in discretionary income were surveyed, which represents the top 10 percent of wealth in the U.S.

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