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Richard Barrington
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A recent survey found large percentages of Americans bothered by uncertainty about whether they will be able to afford retirement. See five steps you can take to start moving towards a more secure financial future. 

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Unhappy with your bank? In many cases, your own bad banking habits may be to blame. See what kind of customers have more satisfying relationships with their banks.

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What’s behind the market’s erratic behavior lately? Commentators seem to blame everything from the Federal Reserve to sunspots; see what the most likely causes are.

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Chances are, President Obama made more than you did last year, but he doesn’t seem to be losing any sleep over that example of income inequality. Then again, he probably has a tougher job – and that’s just the point with trying to address income inequality. Differences in income are not always wrong or  unfair, and ultimately they create the incentives that encourage economic growth.

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Making the right moves is good, but another key to financial success is simply cutting down on the mistakes you make. Here are some examples of avoidable errors.

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History makes everything look simpler than it really was at the time. Why wasn’t Hitler stopped earlier? Because no one knew how far he would go, and if they would be able to stand up to him. Dealing with Putin is turning into the same type of dilemma. 

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I spent a lot of years in the investment business, and as an insider, I can tell you most of the numbers you are shown are misleading or meaningless. The market cycle focus is a key, but also be wary of track records that actually represent a very small portion of the company’s assets under management.

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Facebook’s willingness to spend big on acquisitions makes me wonder about how robust their internal product development effort is. Buying off promising firms once they already have significant user traction could prove an expensive way of expanding Facebook’s capabilities in the long run. 

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There is a lot of complaining about estate taxes, but the exclusion has been raised so high they are not a problem for the vast majority of Americans. #realestatetax  

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Often, the financial help parents need is more in the form of advice than dollars and cents.
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