Economics & Investments

Lower Your Taxes When You Move for Work

The IRS allows people to write off moving costs—but there are catches

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September 27, 2012

Turkey Embraces Islamic Finance with Sovereign Sukuk

ISTANBUL/DUBAI, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Turkey’s issue of its first sovereign sukuk this week paves the way for Turkish companies to raise money through Islamic bonds, and may help the country become a major market for Islamic investors from the Gulf and southeast Asia.

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September 20, 2012

Does the Internet Make You Dumb? Top German Neuroscientist Says Yes – and Forever

South Korean doctors were the first to describe this phenomenon, and dubbed it digital dementia – whence the title of Spitzer’s book. Simplistically, the message can be summed up this way: the Internet makes you dumb.

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September 20, 2012

What a Return to the Gold Standard Would Mean for You

Republican party discusses gold standard

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September 6, 2012

The Key to Competitiveness

“Why are we so behind?” I asked. Someone else commented that both Germany and Japan were leveled to the ground in World War II, yet today they are economic giants.

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August 30, 2012

Common Estate Planning Pitfalls

If you’re one of the few Americans who managed to establish a sound estate plan, congratulations.

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August 30, 2012

Drought, Food Prices Fan Fears of New Crisis

Global alarm over a potential repeat of the 2008 food crisis escalated after data showed food prices had jumped 6 percent last month and importers were snapping up a shriveled U.S. grain crop, helping drive corn prices to a new record.

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August 23, 2012

Average Joes Need To Realize How The Stock Market Takes Their Money

Common sense leads us to the “obvious” conclusion that the U.S. stock market is a rigged skimming operation that is essentially a form of legalized, officially sanctioned fraud.

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August 16, 2012

Capitalism, not Culture, Drives Economies

The same is true for Japan and India. Had Romney spent more time reading Milton Friedman, he would have realized that historically the key driver for economic growth has been the adoption of capitalism and its related institutions and policies across diverse cultures.

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August 9, 2012

Europe is Threatening the World

If you were to just look at the newly revised economic forecasts released by the International Monetary Fund earlier, you might focus only on gloom.

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July 26, 2012

Saudi Arabia Reforms Economy, Benefits May Be Elusive

After Saudi Arabia passed a long-awaited law covering housing mortgages last week, banking shares rocketed over 5 percent in a single day as investors bet the reform would unlock a lucrative source of revenue for banks

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July 12, 2012

Banking with a Difference

“A senior bank official told me on the day they opened an Islamic window at his bank, there were people who brought bundles of money in cash,” Siddiqui says.

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June 28, 2012

Make Sure Charitable Contributions Pass Strict Documentation Rules

Tax code missteps can prove costly, as a recent Tax Court case illustrates.

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June 21, 2012

The Real Estate Cycle: Where Are We Now?

There are many theories out there about The Real Estate Cycle, but the one I like best is called “The Great 18-Year Real Estate Cycle.”

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June 14, 2012

Profiting from the Dollar’s Might

The eurozone mess has bolstered the greenback’s standing against almost all the world’s currencies. This could create some hard-to-resist bargains.

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June 7, 2012

The Decade of the CIVETS

A guide to the fast-rising economies of Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa

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May 31, 2012

Recovery or Collapse? Bet on Collapse

While we quake in our boots from fear of “Muslim terrorists,” it is financial deregulation that is destroying us

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May 24, 2012

Plutonomy and the Precariat: On the History of the U.S. Economy in Decline

It’s quite different now. For many people in the United States, there’s a pervasive sense of hopelessness, sometimes despair. I think it’s quite new in American history. And it has an objective basis.

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May 17, 2012

Harvard and M.I.T. Team Up to Offer Free Online Courses

In what is shaping up as an academic Battle of the Titans — one that offers vast new learning opportunities for students around the world — Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday announced a new nonprofit partnership, known as edX, to offer free online courses from both universities.

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May 3, 2012

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