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Kalen Smith

Kalen Smith has written for a variety of financial and business sites. He is a weekly contributor for Young Entrepreneur and has worked as a guest blogger on behalf of Consumer Media Network. He holds an MBA in finance from Clark University in Worcester, MA.
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How to Get Affordable Dental Care Without Insurance

Can't afford a trip to the dentist? You're not alone. The cost of dental care has consistently risen by nearly twice the average rate of inflation over the past half-century. In addition to rising...
Dot Com Bubble Burst

History of the Dot-Com Bubble Burst and How to Avoid Another

In less than two decades time, the Internet has changed our lives immeasurably. Among altering nearly every other aspect of our lives, from shopping, to communication, to receiving news, the Internet has affected the...
Standard Poor Credit Ratings

What Is S&P? Understanding Standard & Poor’s Credit Ratings

Standard and Poor's (commonly known as S&P) is one of the most prominent financial intelligence companies in the world. S&P is a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies and has more than 150 years of experience...
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How to Find the Right Business Partner – Pros & Cons

Working with a business partner drastically changes the dynamics of running a business. A great business partner can add a lot to a venture. On the other hand, entrepreneurs can also benefit from going...
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What Is the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) – Stock Market Index

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is an index of 30 of the largest publicly owned, U.S.-based companies and has been an economic force for over a century. It is also one of the most...
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The Real Reasons Why Companies & Business Startups Are Failing

Running a business is very risky. In fact, an estimated 49% of businesses fail within their first five years and approximately 30% of businesses don't even make it through the first two years. Some...
High Yield Junk Bonds

What Are High-Yield Junk Bonds – Definition, Pros & Cons of Investing

If you've heard the term "junk bonds" before, you might think that they are worthless. But the proper term for "junk" in this sense is "high-yield" and they are not necessarily a bad investment....
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List of 16 Major Leading & Lagging Economic Indicators

Most economists talk about where the economy is headed - it's what they do. But in case you haven't noticed, many of their predictions are wrong. For example, Ben Bernanke (head of the Federal...
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Bait and Switch Advertising Scams – Definition, Examples & Laws

Bait-and-switch is a term for a scam where a business advertises a great product or service for a low price. When prospective customers attempt to buy the product or service, however, they find out...
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Is Buying Gold a Good Investment?

Historically, gold has played a major role in the economies of many nations. Although it is no longer a primary form of currency, gold is still a solid, long-term investment and may be a...
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Reasons Why Cash Is King for Businesses & Individuals

"Cash is king" is an age-old saying often used to explain the failure of both businesses and consumer households. Without the proper amount of cash on hand, both of these entities can run into...
Poison Pills Fight Hostile Takeovers

How Companies Use Shareholder Rights Plans (Poison Pills) to Fight Hostile Takeovers

Companies will go to great lengths to maintain control of their firms and will discourage a hostile takeover at any cost. One effective strategy that companies employ is called the poison pill. This tactic...