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When Your Friends Decide Your Credit Score

When my kids turned 16, they got three things: a driver’s license, a (used) car, and a credit card. They needed the license to drive, needed the car so that I didn’t have to let them drive mine, and the credit card was pure convenience. By using the card, they could buy gas without getting money from me, make small purchases we’d discussed ahead of time, have a method of payment in case of an emergency, and one more thing: They could start building credit. If you don’t have a credit history, your FICO score starts out quite low, which […]

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Metals Flirt with Breakout; Guy Christopher: Family, Friends, and Gold

Welcome to this week’s Market Wrap Podcast, I’m Mike Gleason. Coming up later in today’s program we’ve got a fantastic interview with MoneyMetals.com columnist Guy Christopher. Guy shares some helpful tips on how to talk to your family and friends about the importance of gold and silver, and offers up some of his other great insights as well. You won’t want to miss my interview with Guy Christopher, coming up after this week’s market update. For the third week in a row, the gold market traded up near $ 1,300 an ounce. And for the third week in a row, […]

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Will You Turn Away Family, Friends And Neighbors At Your Door When America’s Day Of Disaster Arrives?

How will you handle all of the people that will show up at your door when a major crisis strikes because they haven’t been making any preparations of their own?  Earlier today somebody asked me about this on Facebook, and I thought that it was a very good question, because thousands of my readers will be faced with this precise dilemma at some point.  When America’s day of disaster arrives, it is inevitable that most of us that are prepping will have family, friends and neighbors showing up at our door asking for help.  When that happens, what will you […]

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With Friends Like These…

Cartels are a tough thing. The goal is for a small group of influential producers to artificially move a market away from its normal equilibrium, and eventually squeeze more money from buyers to boost profits. Members rely on each other to do their part, be it charging higher prices, holding back supply, or flooding the market to drive out marginal players. At their core, cartels require people who want to steal more profit from buyers through false market signals to believe each member will do its part. There’s an inherent fear involved: If you’re willing to steal from clients, why […]

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