Wealth Blog

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 4:46 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Market timing has gotten a bad rap, with its tea-leaf reading reputation. Investors who engage in it are considered day traders for the most part, playing high-stakes games with their wealth. Done right, of course, market timing can bring in big wins. But the danger is that it’s difficult, to say the least, to predict

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Sunday, June 5, 2011 6:00 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Get ready for higher taxes, especially if you’re wealthy. It’s increasingly looking like the tax party is winding down, and you can blame the national deficit. Projected to reach a two-year cumulative total of $2.5 trillion in 2012, according to Bloomberg, the Obama Administration is looking for ways to raise revenue and pay the piper.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 9:16 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Remember when the book “The Millionaire Next Door” was published in the mid-1990s? Back then, when the economy was in the midst of an upswing, the notion of wealthy people driving 15-year old cars and living as if they were solidly middle class seemed quaint. As the good times rolled on, credit became easier to

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Sunday, May 29, 2011 1:14 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

It’s an age-old question: Does money buy happiness? Most people think wealth and happiness are not mutually exclusive and studies tend to agree, despite the “poor little rich girl” description that’s often applied to people like copper mining heiress Huguette Clark. Clark, a recluse, died last week at the age of 104. Even though she

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 4:55 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Being wealthy doesn’t guarantee a worry-free retirement. In May, InvestmentNews surveyed 542 advisers to ask what they believe to be the biggest obstacles to a successful retirement plan. Chances are, they’re the same as everyone else’s concerns, but for those who have saved and invested, these five challenges can be overcome or managed with a little planning

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Sunday, May 22, 2011 8:18 am
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Affluent investors are still in a funk over the economy, according to a recent survey. Asset manager MFS Investment Management surveyed 596 wealthy individuals with between $100,000 and $1 million to invest, along with 610 financial advisers, and found that 32 percent described their investment stance as “protective.” Fewer than half (41 percent) say they

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011 1:58 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Legislation passed at the end of 2010 raised the amount an individual can exempt from federal estate tax to $5 million, but there’s also another provision in the law that helps married couples. Referred to as estate tax portability, the new law means that widows and widowers can now add the deceased spouse’s exemption to

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Saturday, May 14, 2011 1:24 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

The market’s volatility has been unsettling, causing investors to seek diversification with alternative investments — so-called because they are designed to provide a counterweight to traditional investments like stocks, bonds and property. Commodities such as gold and silver, which have taken off in price in the last year, are examples of alternative investments. InvestmentNews surveyed

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:59 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

The total wealth of the world’s millionaires will more than double by 2020, with the U.S. holding the lead, according to a study by the Deloitte Center for Financial Services and Oxford Economics. Worldwide wealth will balloon from $92 trillion worldwide this year to $202 trillion in 2020, an increase of 119 percent. Of the

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Sunday, May 8, 2011 2:30 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Wealth is no accident — even if you’re lucky enough to inherit money, it takes some amount of diligence and common sense to keep it. We’ve all read about the rich and famous who are in foreclosure and the lottery winners who have lost their newfound fortune within a matter of months. Most entrepreneurs will

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