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Know the rules, and beware of scams, before trying to settle bad debts | Your Funds

“Millions of Americans are behind on debts, making debt settlement and debt consolidation big business” writes Syndicated Columnist for seattletimes.com. If a debt-settlement firm recommends that you stop making all payments and let accounts become further delinquent, be nervous and skeptical.Here are some things to learn: • What are the firm’s minimum debt requirements, and do your debts qualify for help?. Debt consolidation, typically, involves using personal installment loans to pay credit-card debts and get a handle on them in one place.If your debts are the result of a medical…

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When hunting for yield, beware the dividend traps

“High dividend yielding companies can be traps at this point in the cycle, as they may signal prices falling precipitously ahead of dividend cuts,” the strategists wrote” writes Patti Domm for cnbc.com. With low interest rates and stocks stuck in a sideways range, dividends are an important way to generate income for many investors.But it’s also important to know when a company may potentially cut its dividend. Source: cnbc.com

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Stocks tend to rise in months after big oil-price jump — but beware the drawdowns

“In many individual instances of spikes in oil prices, the stock market was beset by significant volatility” writes Markets Reporter for marketwatch.com. Much of the average strength of equity markets following big changes in oil prices can be attributed to the energy sector itself.As that conflict grew over the next year, there were more than two dozen instances when crude oil prices rose more than 5% during a single trading day.Six months following a September 22, 2008 rise in oil prices of 15.7%,the S&P 500 fell 31.8%, as the U.S.…

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Beware the liberal green activists masquerading as conservatives at CPAC

“Standing behind self-proclaimed conservatives who advocate green energy schemes are left-leaning foundations and organizations that have seized upon clever marketing schemes” reports washingtonexaminer.com. There are strong economic and scientific arguments that can be used to take down green energy schemes.The Niskanen Center, for instance, identifies as libertarian while pushing for the carbon tax. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Beware! Crypto Mining Software Can Be Used to Steal Corporate Secrets

“Mining software is typically used for extracting cryptocurrency, but according to new data, it can also be used to steal corporate secrets” writes Nick Marinoff for livebitcoinnews.com. Troy Kent, a threat researcher at Awake University, claims that aside from creating alternate currencies, crypto mining software can be used for a much more malicious purpose.It sounds like pretty dangerous stuff, and Kent is unsure if hackers are already using this technique to attack companies or they’ve yet to discover it.He states: Cryptocurrency mining has paved the way for lots of sneaky…

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