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2013 Housing Market Outlook

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My realtor who helped with buying my home a few years ago occasionally sends me newsletters on the state of the US housing market. For the most part this is marketing material looking for referrals and to keep her in mind if when I decide to sell or upgrade. But a recent newsletter she sent me had an […]

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Average 401k and IRA Balances and Returns Up in 2012

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[2012 returns and balances update] Fidelity Investments, the nation’s largest employer sponsored 401(k) administrator, recently published its 2012 statistics covering 20,200 401(k) plans with 12 million participants, showing that the average 401(k) balance was $75,900. This was the highest end-of-quarter average since the company it began tracking the data in 2000. It is up 18 percent  from $64,300 a […]

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Housing Market Predictions and Forecast For Home Prices in the Year Ahead

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The American housing market is still in the doldrums according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index which showed that U.S. home prices are down a record 5.9% from the corresponding quarter last year (2010). But there is some good news in that home prices are up 3.6% from last quarter. The latest report also […]

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Best Job Prospects, Occupations and Professions in the Next Decade – 2010, 2011, 2012 to 2018

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There is no doubt that the nation is going through one its toughest employment periods in a long time. With unemployment rates close to 20% across many regions, it’s tough for current job seekers and new graduates trying to get into the workforce. This is why it is even more important to arm yourself with […]

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Gold Price Outlook and Forecast

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[Updated] Gold prices reached record levels following S&P’s sovereign credit downgrades and ongoing fears of Euro market/region instability. Coupled with volatility in global equity markets many investors and sovereign nations have rushed to invest in the yellow metal for protection and price speculation. Gold prices have surged 20 percent in 2011, building on 10 years of […]

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