Investments to Dump in 2017

Gold, gold futures and gold-based ETFs. The precious metal went on a roller-coaster ride in 2016 rising to a high of $1,366.54 an ounce on July 7, but falling to a low of $1,128.90 on December 20, 2016. That is likely to be reported in 2017 with many investors taking big losses. Sinking currency prices in India and China are likely to drive gold prices by reducing the buying power of gold investors in major markets.

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Rising Foreclosure Rate Points to Ongoing Financial Crisis

What is even more worrisome is that the number of bank repossessions, or REOS, increased by 49% between February and March 2015, RealtyTrac reported. The bank repossession rate hit a 17-month high and rose to a rate that was 25% higher than for March 2014. These statistics indicate that the foreclosure crisis has returned with a vengeance, folks.

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PayPal and Prosper Changing Banking Beyond Recognition

This could indicate that traditional banking might no longer be a viable business because of the alternatives available. Things could soon get worse because PayPal is about to get spun off from eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) and transformed into an independent financial services company that will compete directly with banks.

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Steps Government Could Take to Reduce Income Inequality

• Abolish the payroll or withholding taxes, which take a percentage of a person’s salary. These hit the working poor heavily, and they do not raise enough money to cover the costs of programs like Social Security and Medicare.

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Is the Millionaire Next Door Really Dead?

Hiltzik and The Baffler’s Helaine Olen pointed out that some of those conditions no longer exist. Today’s would-be Millionaire Next Door would likely graduate from college with a mountain of student loan debt, leaving him with little extra money to start a business and a strong incentive to stay in the cubicle farms. Low inflation, a booming stock market, and high real estate values also make it difficult for working stiffs to accumulate income earning assets.

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Intuit Growing with the Freelance Economy

If Intuit can avoid more security problems with its software and marketing stumbles, it could be a good long-term software play. I say this because it looks like Intuit has a winner and a potential huge moneymaker with QuickBooks Online Self-Employed

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The High Price of Poverty in America

One reason why the poor stay poor is that they often lack the opportunities to save money that middle and even working class Americans enjoy. By save I don’t mean put money in a bank account, which is obviously important, but simply pay less to live.

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Falling Commodities Prices could Create Economic Turmoil

The effect of falling oil prices should have us wondering about other commodities and energy in general. As modern technology makes increases the supply of commodities, prices will drop making industries and enterprises unprofitable with devastating effects on employment and the greater economy.

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Natural Gas Prices Collapse

Nor was Chesapeake alone in growing revenues. EOG Resources (NYSE: EOG) reported a TTM revenue of $13.75 billion in September 2013 that grew to $17.14 billion in September 2014, another increase of nearly $4 billion. Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN) reported an even bigger increase. Its TTM revenue grew from $10.35 billion in September 2013 to $16.2 billion in September 2014, an increase of nearly $6 billion.

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War on Wall Street Looms in Politics, Washington

The political implications of this are obvious: Wall Street is going to be a major issue in the 2016 presidential campaigns. Economic issues, such as income inequality, financial regulation, student loans, jobs, etc. will be the defining ones in the election. Those who want to win elections, or at least Democratic primaries, will have to be the most vocal in attacking it.

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