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Op-Ed: Why this investing model makes sense for real estate in Asia

Op-Ed: Why this investing model makes sense for real estate in Asia

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A decade ago, the real estate market opportunity in China consisted largely of risky speculative development deals because of a lack of availability of stock.Foreign investors seeking opportunistic returns from the first wave of China funds have been largely disappointed from a toxic combination of delays, cost escalation and implementation problems due to difficulties in enforcing basic contractual law. As a consequence, investor cynicism about China real estate runs high, and so sentiment on Chinese real estate is largely polarized between uber-bulls and perma-bears with not much in between.The reality on the ground today, however, is that the situation is more nuanced and much improved. Particularly in Beijing and Shanghai, occupational markets in the commercial market are buoyant and i...
Here's a new reason to work fewer hours

Here's a new reason to work fewer hours

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Asking for a raise: Women vs. menGone are the days of strolling into work at 9 a.m. sharp and clocking out precisely eight hours later. American workers are putting in more time on the job than ever before. In a 2014 Gallup poll, 40% of U.S. employees said they work more than 50 hours each week, while 20% put in more than 60 hours. Of course, nowadays, you don't need to physically sit in an office to perform work-related tasks -- a fact that's both a benefit and a curse. With the ubiquity of smartphones and the ability to access proprietary systems remotely, workers can log on at all hours and respond to job-related demands at any time. Working outside the office is still working, and for the nearly half of U.S. employees who regularly put in 50 hours or more each week on the job, it's a...
Mid-Day ETF Update: ETFs, Stocks Track Tech Stocks Surging Higher; Dow and S&P 500 Hit Intraday Highs

Mid-Day ETF Update: ETFs, Stocks Track Tech Stocks Surging Higher; Dow and S&P 500 Hit Intraday Highs

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Shutterstock photoActive broad-market exchange-traded funds in Monday's regular session:iShares MSCI Emerging Index Fund ( EEM ): +1%iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN ( VXX ): -3.3%SPDR Select Sector Fund - Financial ( XLF ): +1%SPDR S&P 500 ( SPY ): +0.7%PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 ( QQQ ): +1.5%Broad Market IndicatorsBroad-market exchange-traded funds, including SPY, IWM and IVV were higher, hitting or nearing new record highs. Actively traded PowerShares QQQ ( QQQ ) was up 1.5%.U.S. stocks were higher at session's half, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 reaching intraday record highs - buoyed by gains in the tech sector.Looking ahead, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans will give give a speech at the New York University at 7...
How to Determine If You Can Really Retire Early

How to Determine If You Can Really Retire Early

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Shutterstock photoBy Justin Goodbread, CFP®In my business, I work with all different types of people. They run the gamut. Some are employers, while others are the employees. Some tell me they want to retire early. To that, I then ask them what retiring early means to them. Are we talking late 50s, early 60s, perhaps even early 40s? The key to helping them reach that goal is to know the age that goal needs to be achieved by.Retiring early constitutes walking away from making income, living solely off our assets and whatever income they produce. For our example, let’s say the person wanting to retire early is looking to do so between 55 and 60. (For more, see: The Pros and (Mostly) Cons of Early Retirement.)The very first thing to consider is how much this person is going to live off of at e
Top money lessons dads can teach their kids this Father's Day

Top money lessons dads can teach their kids this Father's Day

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Fathers shape their children's financial life.To that point, 56 percent of people said their fathers influenced their retirement savings and 62 percent said their retirement plans are similar to their dads' strategy, according to a John Hancock Retirement Services survey of 1,007 Americans adults conducted in late April.Paternal influence cuts both ways. A recent T. Rowe Price analysis found that people who have declared bankruptcy were more likely to have kids who do not save any money, compared to the children of people who didn't declare bankruptcy.Dads can raise their personal finance game this Father's Day. Kerry Hannon, author of "Love Your Job: The New Rules of Career Happiness," shared with CNBC's "On the Money" about the best money lesson her father, Jack, who passed away nine yea...