• Fewer Americans File for Bankruptcy Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 11:03 AM ET

    After steadily climbing for several years, the number of Americans filing for bankruptcy is on the decline, though that is not necessarily an indicator of an improving economy the New York Times reports.

  • Top Dogs Take Bigger Slice of Spoils Thursday, 30 Jun 2011 | 12:20 AM ET

    To adapt the exchange between Ernest Hemingway and his literary agent: the super-rich are very different from the rich. They have even more money, according to the FT.

  • The King of Really Big Diamonds Heads to China Sunday, 19 Jun 2011 | 10:06 AM ET

    Laurence Graff, who has sold his luxurious diamond jewelry to everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Arnold Schwarzenegger, sees serious potential in Asia's rising number of wealthy shoppers and is making a big push into China.

  • Why the Wealthy in Asia Are So Different From the Swiss Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 | 10:34 PM ET

    The different styles of investors in Europe and Asia pose unique challenges for the bankers managing their money.

  • Hugh Hefner's New Neighbor Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 | 1:00 PM ET
    Bernie Ecclestone

    I've been covering the reported sale of Candy Spelling's mega mansion in Holmby Hills, just around the corner from Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion. Hef, the new neighbor is your kinda guy.

  • Spelling Mansion Sold to 22-Year Old Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 | 11:07 AM ET
    Priced at $150 million, Candy Spelling's Holmby Hills mansion is on the market.

    According to reports, Petra Ecclestone's father, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone, has bought his daughter a 56,500-square-foot mansion (plus the 17,000-square-foot attic) that Candy Spelling has had on the market for $150 million, the highest U.S. home price ever.

  • The Case for Inherited Wealth Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 | 2:24 PM ET

    Should the government confiscate all wealth from the dead by imposing a 100 percent inheritance tax?

  • Tax, Royalties and Rock'n'Roll: Why U2 Face Protests Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 1:46 AM ET
    Bono singing at a U2 concert

    Fans of rock groups can get a little testy when their heroes display a less than straightforward attitude to their tax affairs. The latest victim of this is U2, one of the world’s biggest stadium rock bands, which will face protests during its high-profile set at Glastonbury this year.

  • Ex-Husband Scammed by Madoff Wants Wife to Pay Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 5:23 AM ET

    After 33 years of marriage, Steven Simkin and Laura Blank divorced in 2006. They agreed to split their considerable wealth equally. More than two years later, Ms. Blank received a voicemail message that stunned her: Mr. Simkin wanted to revise their settlement. She refused, and he sued,  the New York Times reports.

  • Will London Become the Divorce Capital of the World? Friday, 27 May 2011 | 1:19 AM ET

    In an era where divorce tourism is becoming increasingly common, with the globe-trotting super-wealthy trying to split up wherever will give them the best deal, London has the potential to become the divorce capital of the world.

  • See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Thursday's "Squawk on the Street."

  • Royal Family Wealth: Who's the Richest? Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 11:00 AM ET

    Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding is about to showcase a Royal Britain to billions of TV viewers around the world. But the real truth behind Windsor Money is as surprising as any fairytale.

  • Burden of College Loans on Graduates Grows Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 | 9:49 AM ET

    Student loan debt outpaced credit card debt for the first time last year and is likely to top a trillion dollars this year as more students go to college and a growing share borrow money to do so, reports the New York Times.

  • Death, Taxes, Sex and Root Canal Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | 1:45 PM ET

    Today I hit the big 5-0. That noise you hear is me shuddering. I'm trying to make light of it all to mask the pain — "If I'd known Depends were so convenient and useful, I would've started wearing them at 40!"

  • The Burden of Pensions on States Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 8:54 AM ET

    In Wisconsin, new pension cost estimates are expected to show that contribution levels are too meager and more money will be needed from public workers, the NYT reports.

  • The Highly Effective Habits of Millionaires Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 1:36 PM ET

    Millionaires are more optimistic about the economy but unlike the rest of us, they don’t blow their whole paycheck on videogames and Little Debbie snack cakes. If you want to get rich, you're going to have to get off the couch.

  • I present to you—without editorial comment—a bullet list of quotations, taken from an article in The Financial Times, analyzing the makeup of the new Forbes billionaire list.

  • Wall Street Securitization Machine Back Into Gear? Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 6:24 AM ET

    In the last few weeks, a number of big banks have successfully bundled and sold new securities backed by commercial real estate loans. The NYT Reports.

  • Pension Funds Strained, States Look at 401(k) Plans Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 5:56 AM ET

    Lawmakers and governors in many states, faced with huge shortfalls in employee pension funds, are turning to a strategy that a lot of private companies adopted years ago, reports the New York Times.

  • Farr: Fewer BUT Richer Rich Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | 10:39 AM ET
    elderly woman with financial advisor

    The lion's share of our recent economic gains have accrued to the relatively rich, while moderate- and lower-income Americans continue to suffer from high unemployment, weak income growth, high debt burdens, falling home prices, reduced access to credit, and inadequate retirement savings.


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