Wealth Blog

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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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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