Wealth Blog

Sunday, April 29, 2012 1:09 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

More than half of working Americans (57 percent) with between $50,000 and $250,000 in investable assets, defined as the mass affluent, say they will retire later than planned. That’s an increase of 36 percent from those who said the same thing a year ago. A survey by Bank of America shows that despite more effort

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012 5:29 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

They used to be called “nerds” or “computer geeks,” but now you can call them multibillionaires.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012 3:04 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

It may be a little late for some, but the No. 1 way for the average person to retire rich is to become a hoarder while you’re young.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012 5:19 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is finding himself in an awkward spot: He’s defending his net worth and at the same time trying to keep it private.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012 4:16 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

As China’s economy booms, its leaders are looking to the U.S. for guidance on both corporate and individual philanthropy.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 5:44 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

If you could experience life as a billionaire for one day, what would you most look forward to: the VIP treatment, the opportunity to spend as much as you want on luxury, or would you seek opportunities to help others and make a difference?

From the Occupy Wall Street movement to reality TV to Bloomberg’s daily ranking of billionaires, fascination with the uber-rich has only increased, even as the effects of the Great Recession are still being felt.

So with a desire to “walk a mile in their Ferragamo loafers,” New York Times reporter Kevin Roose wondered what it would be like to be a billionaire for a day.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012 6:24 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Predicting a rise in inflation or a drop in the stock market at some point in the future reminds me of the saying, “Nobody gets out of life alive.” The inevitability simply reinforces the fact that there is no avoidance; we can only prepare and plan.

This week on CNBC, Marc Faber lived up to his nickname, “Dr. Doom,” by predicting a catastrophic investment loss for investors, particularly the wealthy.

Faber, editor of the “Gloom, Boom & Doom Report,” says within the next few years, high inflation will wipe out up to half the wealth of the affluent because the government has been printing money in response to its inability to control debt.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012 11:54 am
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

You wouldn’t want to put this baseball card in your bicycle spokes: A 1909 card of Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner, whose nickname was “The Flying Dutchman,” will probably sell at auction for between $1.2 million and $1.5 million. The card is owned by a Texas businessman who wishes to remain anonymous.

Photo: Bloomberg

In his 21-year career with the Pirates, Wagner hit a career batting average of .327 and was known as one of the greatest players of the time. If you’re thinking anyone would be crazy to buy a baseball card for $1 million plus, it’s actually less than half the price of another Wagner baseball card.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 5:46 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

For three years, the Internal Revenue Service has been stepping up its oversight of taxpayers who report more than $10 million in income. In 2011, the IRS audited almost 30 percent of them.

While the percentage of individuals audited overall has held steady at 1.1 percent for the past few years, the rate has been climbing for the ultrarich. In 2010, 18 percent were audited, up from 10.6 percent in 2009, according to an IRS report.

The IRS created a special unit in 2009 to examine the tax returns of the wealthy after nearly 15,000 Americans with offshore bank accounts voluntarily came forward to avoid prosecution for tax evasion.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012 2:57 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

One Texas billionaire really wants President Obama to lose the election. And he’s putting part of his considerable fortune to work to try to make that happen by donating millions to super political action committees, or PACs.

Harold Clark Simmons, whose net worth is estimated at $10 billion, doesn’t state a preference for a particular Republican candidate. He just wants a Republican president and a GOP majority in the House and Senate. In a profile in the Wall Street Journal, he called Obama a socialist and says Republicans will rescue the economy from the current president’s agenda. He’s in favor of business deregulation and tax reform.

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