The recent credit crisis has battered our businesses, costs us jobs, crushed our loan prospects, smashed our hopes of a quick recession recovery, and generally made many of us mad as hell. Still, there are lessons to be learned from such a dismal situation. While you might not like what has happened and how things are playing out, you can learn from mistakes and use this knowledge to make you and your business stronger moving forward. [click to continue…]

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For the last few years, there has been talk about a North American currency. The recent success of the euro, and efforts by six Persian Gulf states to create a unified currency, have created a climate in which there is speculation that Canada, Mexico and the United States would enter a similar arrangement. Trade agreements such as NAFTA certainly play a role in keeping speculation about the Amero alive and well. But what is the Amero? What are the myths surrounding this North American currency? And what are bloggers saying about the Amero? Here are 25 sites that can answer your questions about the Amero.

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Why pay for investment advice? While it might pay to dish out cash to follow pros who work at Wall Street Journal, The Street and others, sometimes it’s good to follow a few folks who want to spread their investment news for free.

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He’s called the Oracle of Omaha, and for good reason: not only is he one of the best investors of all time, but he’s also a witty communicator. If you read one of Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder letters (BTW–I love their Web site design!), you’ll feel like Warren Buffett is one of the Good Guys–someone you can trust, someone who will tell it like it is, and someone who’s always willing to laugh with you at mistakes.

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Ah, remember the good ole days of manually balancing your checkbook with pencil and paper? Did we really use to do that before online banking became the norm earlier this decade? As much as online banking has made our financial lives simpler, it only got us half-way there. Sure, we could log into our financial institution see our current balance and recent transactions. But basic online banking still didn’t get to the heart of personal finance budgeting. [click to continue…]

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We hear about millionaires — and billionaires — quite frequently. But less often do we hear about pet millionaires. They do, however, exist. Since 1923, when the first reported case of a pet inheritance was affirmed in Willett vs. Willett, pets have been receiving money. Sometimes quite a lot of money. Here are seven dogs and seven cats (in particular order) that are probably richer than you: [click to continue…]

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If 2007 was the year of social media, then 2008 was the year of niche social media. If you’re a plugged-in money geek, you’ve likely outgrown your reliance on catch-all social media sites like Digg and Delicious. And if you’re a blogger, no longer is submitting your blog posts only to Digg and Delicious good enough. Think niche! Submitting your blog posts to niche social media sites has proven to be a good method to expand your reach, while at the same time drawing in exactly the audience you’re looking for–in this case, Web savvy PF nerds. [click to continue…]

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It’s tough out there in the real estate market. While it’s definitely a buyer’s market, even some buyers are having difficulty getting approved, since mortgage lenders have more stringent requirements. And if you are a seller, it can seem hardly worth it to put your home on the market — considering the drop in home values and prices. Learn more about listing your home, as well as how to use valuable tools that can help you, whether you are a buyer or a seller.

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Top 50 Real Estate Blogs

by Linda G on April 8, 2009

Are you looking for seasoned real estate blogs? You can find them, especially if you comb through lists from years gone by. We did just that, as we pored through lists like those at International Listings (Top 100 Real Estate Blogs) and at Real Estate Dispatch (Top 35 Real Estate Blogs). We eliminated the out-of-date blogs and the blogs that no longer focused on the categories where they were listed and ended up with some gems.
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Top 50 Economics Blogs

by Linda G on April 7, 2009

The theories and principles behind economics are difficult for many to understand. However, many of the following blogs take this difficulty into consideration as they try to reach out to a broad audience in many cases. The list contains some of the most popular international perspectives, academic blogs and a list of “come-hither, I know you want to hear me out” blogs written by economists or by those who are mired in this field. [click to continue…]

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