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How Did Russian Oligarchs Get So Wealthy?

On Dec. 25, 1991, the USSR ceased to exist. About five minutes later, a group of business speculators began taking advantage of the chaotic situation and during the ensuing few years became the world’s newest cadre of billionaires. Who are these mysterious born-again Capitalists and how did they pull of the financial trifecta of the …


Make Money Selling Websites and Domain Names

There’s a hidden world just beneath the surface of our own. In it, entrepreneurs buy, sell and trade domain names, websites, and every flavor of online asset in existence. This subterranean marketplace is unknown except to those who take part in its byzantine activities, where small fortunes are made and lost every passing hour. Make …


How to Invest in Infrastructure With InfraShares

Infrastructure investing, putting money into so-called “public infrastructure” projects like mass-transit, toll-roads, renewable energy plants, bridges, and similar endeavors, was once reserved for institutional investors and corporations with billions of dollars on hand. Now, thanks to the crowdfunding revolution in the financial world, where masses of small players pool their funds on a platform and …


How to Invest in the Self-driving Vehicle Revolution

With the topic of “driverless cars” seeming to pop up in every other news headline, wouldn’t it be a good idea to invest in the companies that make these vehicles? Some of the biggest names in the automotive industry already have thrown serious money at the technology behind autonomous cars. Mercedes, Tesla, Ford, GM and …