Two policies using immigration to boost investment

Can foreigners be lured by favorable VISA treatment into creating new jobs and bolstering home prices in the U.S.?

Yesterday’s Boston Globe had an interesting article about a program designed to increase business investment in the United States.

The immigrant investor program, created in 1990 by Congress to compete with a similar initiative in Canada, helps foreigners slash through the red tape in the US immigration system while allowing businesses … to raise the money they need to expand.

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Anxious about your retirement?
Here are eight ways to stay on track
[Washington Post]

Anxiety about retirement is high — and rises with every shudder in the financial markets. Americans are increasingly worried that they won’t have enough money to carry them through their lifetime. They’re looking for advice on how to invest their savings to meet that goal. Most of them are investing in mutual funds. More than half the assets in retirement plans managed by individuals — think IRAs, 401(k)s and 403(b)s — are invested in mutual funds, according to the Investment Company Institute. Here are eight tips to help you manage your fund investments to keep your retirement savings on track.

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