Wealth Blog

Friday, March 11, 2011 2:52 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Most people calculate their net worth by adding up tangible assets such as stocks, bonds and real estate. But there’s an important element that many forget to factor into the wealth equation: human capital, which is another way of saying your future earning power. Business owners and managers are already familiar with the concept of

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 3:01 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

As I type this, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is at 12,215, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 sits at 1,319. Two years ago on this date, the numbers were much more dismal: 6,547 for the Dow and 677 for the S&P.   When the market closed Tuesday, the Dow was up 86 percent from

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Friday, March 4, 2011 3:18 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Ever wonder what it would take for you to financially “walk away” from your job? There was an intriguing article in the Wall Street Journal recently that cited a study by Standard Chartered Priority Banking and Scorpio Partnership. Nearly 1,800 wealthy people (average annual income $120,000 and average net worth of $1.3 million) in 10

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Friday, March 4, 2011 9:41 am
By Janet Reusch · Bankrate.com

In light of hearing that 2010 wasn’t a good year for charitable giving, it’s refreshing to find stories of people giving back. A couple of bloggers picked up the philanthropic slack where the wealthy left off. “J. Money,” as he is known in the blogosphere, of BudgetsAreSexy.com, a personal finance blog, and Nate St. Pierre

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 9:17 am
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Conventional financial wisdom used to champion homeownership as one of the paths to wealth. Owning a piece of the American Dream was considered to be a solid and safe investment in your financial future. It was also a way of diversifying your financial portfolio, acting as a hedge against stock holdings. In previous economic downturns,

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Friday, February 25, 2011 3:00 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

During the recession of 2009, even the wealthy held back their discretionary spending on luxury amid fears and uncertainty about the direction of the economy. But the latest data from Mastercard Advisors SpendingPulse shows that sales of luxury items are up 6.1 percent in January from a year ago. Luxury brands are also reporting strong

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Friday, February 18, 2011 3:01 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Despite billionaire Warren Buffett’s philanthropic drumbeat in 2010, the year was not a good one for charitable giving. An article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy says donors and nonprofit officials blame fears of continued economic instability and uncertainty about taxes as the cause. Donations from the Chronicle’s list of the 50 top donors (actually numbering

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Friday, February 11, 2011 2:40 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

I’ve heard many people made wiser by wealth say that money by itself doesn’t promise happiness, nor is it the root of all evil. It simply magnifies the qualities already present in a person’s character. It’s the great enabler. That brings us to the heartbreaking, tumultuous life of J. Paul Getty III, the grandson of

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Friday, February 4, 2011 3:15 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Want to invest like a billionaire? You could follow the lead of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man for the second year in a row, according to Bloomberg. Worth about $70 billion, he once again beat out Warren Buffett and Bill Gates for the top spot. Last year, Forbes crowned him the world’s

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Friday, January 28, 2011 3:46 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

The stock market is improving and poised to continue its upward trend for at least a year or two, according to many market watchers. So how much of your portfolio should you invest for growth, and how much do you keep liquid? Back in the day, we all felt more secure in our jobs, housing

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