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    Feb

    Financial assets - risk or opportunity?

    I am trying out a rather risky investment thesis by investing in financial stocks. I have begun to start building a position in the major financial stocks. I believe that the last few weeks have presented some good buying opportunities for financials. The three financial stocks that I have invested in are Wells Fargo, JP Morgan and Bank of America. Wells Fargo is probably the best capitalized of the major banks. The recent addition of Wachovia has given Wells Fargo about 800 billion in deposits. Wells Fargo size is a major competitive advantage. They have a Tier 1 capital ratio and a solid balance sheet. Wells is currently the 2nd largest bank in the US in terms of market cap. Wells also has excellent management. Wells Fargo management have already accounted for a 74 billion dollar writed
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    Feb

    Different types of mortgage to your financial needs

    If you are thinking about making a real estate purchase, you may find the financing options quite confusing. Before you can proceed, you have to know your terms, and understand what your options are. There are two variables to consider - mortgage type, and interest rates. These are the most important considerations when deciding on real estate, so it is essential that you have a basic understanding of what they are. Your two main options are repayment and interest-only types, and under those are more specific kinds. Repayment Mortgages This type of financing operates like a simple loan. Every month, you make a payment and the money goes to both the capital (the actual home itself) and the interest. The loan lasts a certain period of time, and if you make all of your payments according to
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    Jan

    Financial Meltdown - The End of a 300 Year Ponzi Scheme

    Panic struck on Wall Street, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged a thousand points between July and August, and commentators warned of a 1929-style crash. To prevent that dire result, the U.S. Federal Reserve, along with the central banks of Europe, Canada, Australia and Japan, extended a 315 billion dollar lifeline to troubled banks and investment firms. The hemorrhage stopped, the markets turned around, and investors breathed a sigh of relief. All was well again in Stepfordville. Or was it? And if it was, at what cost? Three hundred billion dollars is about a third of the total paid by U.S. taxpayers in personal income taxes annually. A mere $188 billion would have been enough to repair all of the 74,000 U.S. bridges known to be defective, preventing another disaster like
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