Wealth Blog

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:45 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

The world’s millionaires are back in the black for the first time since before the economic crisis and are shifting out of cash and fixed-income and into equity investments. Worldwide, the population of millionaires (10.9 million at the end of 2010) has hit a new high, increasing its numbers by 8.3 percent since 2009, according

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Friday, June 24, 2011 3:08 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

In one of the sadder riches to rags tales, we’re reminded that even the wealthy aren’t immune from financial ruin if they bet the wrong way on the economy. Patricia Kluge was introduced to a life made better by money when she married second husband John Kluge, at one time the richest man in the

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 9:19 am
By L. Marie Joseph · Bankrate.com

With all of the negative financial news and stock market woes, it’s easy for youth to think achieving wealth is impossible. Of course, starting a business or become a Hollywood reality star can help anyone fast-forward their way to wealth. But for those of us who aren’t interested in building an empire, creating wealth is possible

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 4:27 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

They used to be called widow and orphan stocks. Dividend-paying stocks have earned a reputation as solid, predictable forms of income, but are they still solid? Dividend stocks offer capital appreciation and income that can be paid to you on a regular schedule or reinvested to boost returns until you’re ready for income. This year,

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Sunday, June 19, 2011 9:48 am
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

There’s a pessimistic saying that claims men marry women for their looks, while women marry men for their money. But one study concludes that women’s lack of confidence with money actually makes them better investors. Ledbury Research and Barclays Capital surveyed 2,000 high net worth individuals and found that women are more likely than men

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011 5:18 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Imagine your father is Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and the second-richest person in the world, with a net worth in the billions.  Before you take this reverie any further and start building your dream mansion and placing the order for a custom yacht, imagine that your inheritance is actually already pledged to charity.   

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Sunday, June 12, 2011 11:26 am
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

The market for investment homes is picking up, and more than half the buyers these days are coming to the table with cash. Rock-bottom prices are attracting investors who want to diversify their portfolio with real estate. For those who have a choice of paying by mortgage or cash, which is the better option? The

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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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