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What’s Keeping Mortgage Interest Rates So Low?

What’s Keeping Mortgage Interest Rates So Low?

Against many expectations, today’s mortgage interest rates are not much higher than they were last year, before the Federal Reserve began that famous tapering down of its massive stimulus plan. As King Solomon says in Proverbs 10:14 “Wise men lay up knowledge,” so a look at some of the reasons...

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Objective Decisions Create Investing Success

Objective Decisions Create Investing Success

Sometimes the best decisions come from the heart, not the head. But wise investing and money management usually come not from those subjective, emotion driven decisions, but from objective thinking of the kind King Solomon calls wisdom and prudence. “I, wisdom, dwell in counsel, and am present in learned...

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The US: Still the World’s Only Superpower?

The US: Still the World’s Only Superpower?

King Solomon’s realm was in many ways the superpower of its day, with great riches, military might and culture of wisdom and learning that drew visitors from everywhere in the world of that time. His Proverbs point out that prosperous kingdoms that last depend on wisdom and justice. While it may seem...

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Real Estate: A Universal Asset

Real Estate: A Universal Asset

“He that is impatient, shall suffer damage,” King Solomon says in Proverbs 19:19, and when it comes to investing in income property, he that is patient reaps rewards. While it’s true that now is a pretty good time to make that first investment in rental real estate, it’s always a good time to...

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Home Buying Drop Means Investor Opportunities

Home Buying Drop Means Investor Opportunities

Housing is a universal need, ranking right up there with food. That makes houses a truly lasting commodity – one that, as King Solomon tells us in Proverbs, is linked to wisdom. US home buying is falling to near record levels, and that apparent downturn has a silver lining for investors building wealth...

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Migration Gives Clues About Market Strength

Migration Gives Clues About Market Strength

The Bible is full of lessons learned from animals, and King Solomon reminds us in his frequently quoted Proverbs 6:6 to take the ant as a model for industry and prudence. For today’s investors, observing the migration patterns of humans can reveal a lot about the health of local housing markets. Migration...

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RV Ratio: Key to Prudent Investing

RV Ratio: Key to Prudent Investing

If you want to live well and prosper, King Solomon says, it’s important to “incline thy heart to know prudence.” (Proverbs 2:2) And if you want to prosper in real estate, it’s prudent to look behind the scenes at what seems like a good deal. Figuring out a property’s RV (Rent to Value) ratio...

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Identity Theft Crosses All Borders

Identity Theft Crosses All Borders

We live in a digital age that knows no borders or limits – and that means identity thieves have a global reach. That’s what thousands of American Express cardholders in California learned recently when their credit card data was apparently stolen from halfway around the world. Back in March 2014,...

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Can Over-Regulation Stifle Small Businesses?

Can Over-Regulation Stifle Small Businesses?

It’s only hummus. Or is it? The recent dispute involving hummus maker Sabra and a number of competitors serves nicely as a metaphor for a bigger picture, as do so many of the Bible’s proverbs and parables. But as Jason Hartman says, Sabra’s fight to control just what gets to be called hummus points...

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Do College Grads Earn More?

Do College Grads Earn More?

Wisdom is the cornerstone of prosperity – but how much prosperity can it bring? Quite a lot, if that wisdom comes from a college degree, according to a new study by the Economic Policy Institute, which found that US college grads make nearly a hundred percent more than their non-degreed peers. But...

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