Detecting and Preventing Lifestyle Creep

For three years, I’ve been patting myself on the back. The household expenses remain the same every month, and we’re getting out of debt. In spite of increases in costs, we’ve found efficiencies and made room.

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Last-minute investment gifts …

I’m a chronic procrastinator, especially when it comes to getting presents. And since I’m sure you might also find yourself in need of a last-minute gift for someone in your life, I want to give you a couple investment-related ideas today.

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HOLDRS Closure Marks the End of an Era

Happy Holidays! I hope everyone has a great time with family and friends.

Before the weekend starts, there’s one last business item you may want to settle. So pay close attention if you’re an investor in any of Merrill Lynch’s HOLDRS products.

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10 Electric Vehicle Trends to Watch in 2012

Yesterday, after nearly a year of waiting, I finally got to order my Nissan LEAF. It’s the first affordable, plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) available to the masses. The Chevy Volt, while touted as an EV, is really a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). It still has a gas tank, an engine and an exhaust system.

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Ann Barnhardt Discusses MF Global with Peter Schiff – “There Is No Rule of Law Anymore”

There are some interesting facts brought out in this discussion. I do not necessarily agree with everything she says, and she is obviously outraged.

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TD to work on work flows for third-party technology partners

TD Ameritrade Institutional has completed an agreement with technology consultancy Actifi Inc. to help it build automated workflows for TD’s Veo Open Access platform.

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Wall Street’s “Forgettable Year”

US banks had another forgettable year. The third quarter was their worst since the financial crisis. Now, it looks like the fourth quarter will be even more abysmal.

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Mixed Outlook for Gold as the Market Declines

Whatever glow there might have been from last week’s European summit turned to gloom as markets turned downwards Monday. Global investors drove down everything in sight, including gold which dropped nearly 3% to a seven-week low to trade under $1,660 an ounce.

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NYC Rent Control Laws Go to the Supreme Court

“[Rent control] regulations are meant to support the government’s goal of maintaining affordable housing for its citizens. Instead, Mr. Harmon  says, the laws have forced him and his family to shoulder the government’s burden and extend what is essentially “privatized welfare”

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Small Trade

The reason for the sell has to do with the story appearing to change. There are several reasons for an outright sale including being wrong about the stock, something wrong at the company, top down reasons and in this case a possible change in the story.

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