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Lessons from a Wall Street con-man

Jan 31, 2014

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Lessons from a Wall Street con-man
Jordan Belfort, a man immortalized in the recent movie, 'The Wolf of Wall Street', is a convicted white-collar criminal. He made his wealth by swindling investors through securities fraud, market manipulation and money laundering. So it is well worth our time to learn from him about protecting oneself from of all kinds of financial crooks. Read on to find out more. (MorningStar)

How to become rich?
Financial planning is the key to achieving financial freedom. It encapsulates few steps that when followed diligently can help an individual create wealth over the long term. Simple steps like saving early and not spending unnecessarily are baby steps one can take towards setting his financial objectives in place. Read on to find out what other steps individuals must take to live a wealthy life by being financially disciplined. (About.com)

Why China will not let its housing bubble pop?
An astounding 90% of households in the nation of more than 1.3 billion people already own homes. In the first half 2012, about 42% of demand for properties, came from buyers who already owned at least one house. Most of these apartments and houses were bought in the midst of one of history's biggest real estate booms. Needless to say that a sharp correction in realty prices will erode to household wealth, hurt consumption and increase the risks of social unrest. Can the Chinese policy makers then afford to let the realty bubble pop? Read on to find out. (Bloomberg)

Are gold mining stocks set to end their bear market?
Stocks of gold mining companies have been in a bear market for the last two years. Their share prices have tracked the fall in international gold prices. However with the price stabilization in the gold market recently as well as interesting developments in terms of mergers and acquisitions, this might be about to change. Can gold stocks create wealth for shareholders? Read on to find out more. (SafeHaven)

The rule of 72
The rule of 72 is a useful tool when it comes to calculating returns involving compound interest. However not many people are aware of it. This article explains quite clearly the different uses of this rule. (wikiHow)

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