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3 Steps to Start Off 2011 Right

 Tonight, you'll ring in the new year, and the clock will start ticking to get going on all the resolutions you've made for 2011. As tough as it can be to follow through on promises to improve yourself and your finances, breaking it down into manageable steps can mean the difference between wishing for change and actually getting it done.

 

The Cutthroat Battle for Your Money

 Investors like to think that the financial advisors they work with are 100% focused on making sure they pick the best investments. But now more than ever, advisors have their own jobs to worry about -- and as Wall Street deals with increasing regulation and pressures on profits, you may find yourself on the short end of the customer-service stick.

 

GM's IPO stamped as hypocritical

New York -- Average U.S. taxpayers who bailed out General Motors Co. will miss out on the initial stock offering that marks its return to public trading, brokers said.

The U.S. Treasury, which loaned GM $50 billion when the automaker sank into bankruptcy last year, said there would be "ample opportunity" for jumping in on the initial public offering that will take place Thursday, The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

But brokerage houses that cater to anyone near an average income have been cut out of the deal, which is being channeled through high-end firms, even as it is being managed by four banks that were also bailed out by the government during the financial crisis.

The Key to Happier Investing

Great investors don't succeed all by themselves. Even if you're the most independent, self-motivated investor you can be, you still need to have the best information and research resources, as well as access to the investments you want and flawless executions when you pull the trigger and invest.

Home sales up in Manhattan in Q1

In a convincing sign that the real estate market is rebounding, apartment sales in Manhattan have almost doubled in the first quarter this year, according to a sales reports released by the city’s major brokers Friday.

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