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Becoming wealthy enough to keep the wolf from your door doesn't mean an end to unwanted callers. For every newly minted billionaire , there are cautionary tales of the well-heeled undone by visits from the the tax man, the loan officer and Uncle Sam himself. A fortune requires finesse.
I don't know about you, but I'm convinced value investing stands alone as the most effective way for any investor to predictably build wealth over the long haul. To be sure, many of the world's most famous investors have made their names through unwavering faith in value investing, including Benjamin Graham, David Dodd, Seth Klarman, Irving Kahn, Whitney Tilson, Joel Greenblatt, and of course, Berkshire Hathaway 's ( NYSE: BRK-B ) ( NYSE: BRK-A ) Warren Buffett. With a roster like that, who'd be crazy enough to argue against their methods? The catch Sometimes, however, it can be incredibly difficult to stick to your guns while pundits all around repeatedly pronounce the death of value investing -- especially given the ever-increasing focus on -- and influence of -- short-term mind-sets and high-frequency trading.
Jim Cramer has enjoyed a long, successful career. But it might not have been quite as long or successful he had not embraced this very important idea. Save. Whatever you can - whenever you can. But always save. It may sound simple but Cramer thinks too few people really understand the concept.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — So you just won the $550 million Powerball jackpot, the second highest in lottery history. Now what?
Investing in a stock isn't throwing your money into a poker pot and betting you'll magically become rich overnight. When you "buy" a stock, you're not buying a piece of paper -- you are becoming an owner of the company that stock represents. If you buy, for example, stock in Apple (Nasdaq: APPL) and profits grow for the next few years, you'll be treated to a rising share price and grow wealthier along with your fellow owners. But if you invest in Apple and the company does poorly during the next few years, then your shares will lose value -- and you'll lose money on your investment. While this concept may sound simple, it's surprising how many investors overlook key indicators about a company before they invest. As a result, they become owners of lousy companies that lose money year-after-year.
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Blame the government or blame the economy, but Americans should also blame themselves for their declining net worth. We waste a whole lot of money. Seriously, over half a trillion dollars. This list is based on estimates due to limited available data, and the true total is surely higher. We included things like cigarettes and gambling, even though some would claim they are are worth their cost. This is a personal finance site after all, and these are costs you can cut. $6 billion in unused gift cards each year
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If you hold onto an investment for longer than five days, consider yourself the new millennium's version of Benjamin Graham. The average holding period for the S&P 500 SPDR (SPY), the ETF which tracks the benchmark for U.S. stocks, is less than five days, according to shocking statistics in analyst Alan Newman's latest Crosscurrents newsletter. "Given recent average volume, the SPY trades its entire capitalization and then some each and every week," wrote the always-provocative analyst. "Does anyone really wish to argue where valuation might enter the picture in this scenario?
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Three Styles That Help You Stand Out No. 1: The New Slim, Trim Double-Breasted • If you want a double-breasted suit to look modern—and not like something from a gangster flick—keep it short and trim. And avoid Dick Tracy-grade shoulder pads, too. • Keep the jacket buttoned (including the interior button). It doesn't hang well when undone.
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The FICO credit score equation might be a black box, but there have been thousands of articles written about what you should and shouldn't do when it comes to your credit score. Most of them are pretty obvious--pay your credit card bills on time, don't apply for a lot of credit, and keep your nose clean. There are, however, a lot of weird ways you can hurt your score without you even realizing it. Closing Credit Cards.
When you get your offer letter from a prospective employer, what do you do? You find the salary number, wave the paper triumphantly in the air, and completely miss many of the other potential financial benefits contained in an employer's benefits package. It's understandable to focus on your salary or wage when looking over your pay stub. You have a budget and you need income to support your spending. Raises are often based as a percentage of your salary, which means the larger your salary, the greater your earnings potential. However, many employers offer additional benefits and few realize how to set up those benefits to increase personal wealth.
Given the sluggish recovery and a strapped consumer, you’d expect to see corporate America trudging along, not racing for glory. In fact, the Fortune 500 are thriving as a group. Unlike the U.S. economy, they’ve shown quicksilver agility, rapidly shifting their product mix and producing more goods at little new cost. This nimbleness belies the immense size of these companies and, frequently, their advanced age. The Fortune 500 generated a total of $824.5 billion in earnings last year, up 16.4% over 2010. That beats the previous record of $785 billion, set in 2006 during a roaring economy.