Wealth Blog

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 3:24 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Should the rich pay more in federal taxes? It depends on who you ask. According to a Gallup poll conducted last month, the sentiment among the middle class is that the wealthy should pay more in taxes. But — not surprisingly perhaps — the wealthy don’t agree. As political talk increases around allowing the Bush-era

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Sunday, May 1, 2011 1:47 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

For purposes of taxation, President Barack Obama has defined the wealthy as those couples earning at least $250,000 per year. But there are plenty who have disagreed with that assessment, ¬†especially residents in high-rent districts like Manhattan and Los Angeles, where a quarter of a million doesn’t go as far as it would in, say,

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 4:08 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Precious metals have certainly been sparkling investments over the past year, as investors seek to hedge against possible global inflation. Last week I wrote about the rush to gold, and while silver has enjoyed an even more meteoric rise, it suffered a sizeable drop recently on fears that its run is unsustainable. Since silver is

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Sunday, April 24, 2011 1:58 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Love him or hate him, there’s never been a shortage of opinions on Donald Trump. There’s also little doubt that he has any hesitation about courting controversy. As most of the country now knows, the billionaire is talking about becoming a Republican candidate for president in the 2012 election. He has said he’s willing to

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 5:18 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

There’s an old investment saying that smart money should never follow dumb money. In other words, when an investment class gets too pricey because other investors have been rushing in, it’s not the time to buy. Which brings us to gold: If you’ve had gold in your portfolio to counterbalance the fluctuations of the stock

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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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Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:49 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

The big question most people have, after they’ve figured out how to make money, is how to keep it through retirement, and beyond. The answers vary, and rules of thumb are constantly being called into question. For instance, what percentage should you withdraw during retirement to ensure it supports you for your lifetime, with maybe

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Friday, April 8, 2011 2:52 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Before the recession, in 2005, Ajay Kapur and his team of analysts at Citigroup came up with the term “plutonomy” to describe the U.S. economy. It defines a country where most of the wealth is controlled and owned by a minority of the population. Kapur has predicted that capitalism will continue to fuel the U.S.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011 2:18 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

The flamboyant Donald Trump may have been among the first to raise the bar on home prices to $100 million a few years ago when he put his Palm Beach mansion up for sale. Although it actually sold to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev for $95 million, in 2008 it was believed to be the most

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Friday, April 1, 2011 3:04 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Two recent studies suggest a shift in how much the rich trust their advisers to manage their wealth. Since the recession, they’ve been spreading their assets among multiple advisers, rather than trusting one to make all the investment decisions. And wealthy investors under the age of 50, who are more likely to own their own

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