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Fudget uncomplicates money management

Fudget, currently free in the App Store and available for both the iPhone and the iPad running iOS 7.0 or later, is built for simplicity. This isn't an app that's loaded with features. It's streamlined and focused on taking the complications out of managing your money. To be blunt, I thought I...

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Intuit releases Quicken 2015 for Mac, with stock tracking

Loyal users of Quicken for Mac, Intuit's flagship personal finance manager, have not had the easiest road over the past few years. The product froze in amber with the Quicken 2007 release, which remained on its legacy PowerPC code base well past the best-if-used-by date; while Quicken Essentials,...

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Simple rebuilds backend from scratch, releases new apps

Over the past several months my favorite online bank, Simple, has been working feverishly to update their back end. Today it released an updated app that compliments the under-the-hood changes made to its systems. Simple, if you don't know, is a banking services company that was founded with...

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Katy Huberty of Morgan Stanley explains why Apple's stock price is poised to explode

With shares of Apple just on the verge of breaching the $100/share mark -- and setting an all-time high in the process -- Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty this week put out a research note detailing a number of reasons why the time is ripe to invest in Apple. Though shares of Apple have been on...

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Without buybacks or dividends, Apple would have $210 billion in the bank

Apple's capital return program, originally announced back in March of 2012, has already returned vast amounts of money to shareholders in the form of dividends and stock buybacks Since its first incarnation, Apple has dramatically increased the scope of its stock buyback program, announcing in...

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Apple's stock buybacks spurred massive share price increase

With Apple making more money than it knows what to do with, the company in March of 2012 announced a capital return program consisting of stock buybacks and dividends. The initial program was designed to return $45 billion in value to shareholders, but as the money continued to roll in, Apple...

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Apple's iPhone business is as big as McDonald's and Coke combined

It's no secret that the bulk of Apple's revenue comes from the iPhone. During the company's most recent quarter, for example, 53% of its $37.4 billion in quarterly revenue came from its iconic smartphone. For as much as people like to talk about Apple having peaked, the company has a penchant for...

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What the analysts expect from Apple's upcoming earnings report

After the bell tomorrow, all eyes will be on Apple and its fiscal third quarter earnings report. The last time Apple reported earnings, it impressed Wall Street with iPhone sales figures and revenue that came in much higher than folks were anticipating. Will Apple once again be able to blow Wall...

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One-time tax holiday for Apple's overseas cash gains traction in D.C.

Apple today has over $150 billion worth of cash in the bank. Only problem is, the vast majority of that cash (~$138 billion) is held in overseas accounts. For some time now, Apple has been reluctant to bring that cash back to the United States because it would be subject to a 35 percent corporate...

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Charting Apple's growing stockpile of cash

With about US$151 billion in the bank, Apple has more money than it knows what to do with. All the more impressive is that two-thirds of Apple's cash hoard was generated during the past four years alone. The above chart maps out Apple's cash on hand on a year-by-year basis. From October 2011 to...

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Report: Apple reaches #2 online retail spot after Amazon

This morning, Philip Elmer-Dewitt of Fortune.com writes that Apple has attained the number two spot in online retail. According to sales data, Apple has now passed Staples and Walmart. This achievement is partly due to an accounting change that now includes hardware sales along with iTunes and App...

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Apple last quarter spent more money on stock buybacks than Google generated in revenue

Since March of 2012, Apple has nearly tripled its capital return program. What started out as a US$45 billion effort to return value to shareholders has now skyrocketed to a $130 billion program. In conjunction with Apple's increased capital return program, the company recently made available...

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Apple announces 7-1 stock split, dividend increase, and expanded captial return program

Apple today released its earnings results from its second fiscal quarter of 2014, posting revenue of $45.6 billion and EPS of 11.62 in the process. Overall, iPhone sales came in stronger than expected while iPad sales came in weaker than expected. Alongside its earnings report, Apple today also...

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Bills Forecast is a new forecasting tool for your personal and business finances

Similar to a weather forecast that gives you a snapshot of the future weather, Bills Forecast from Minus 4 Degrees provides you with an overview of your financials for the next 12 months. Bills Forecast is a budgeting app that lets you log your bills and see how your expenses fluctuate each...

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A look at Apple's R&D expenditures from 1995-2013

For a company that makes as much money as Apple, you might be surprised to learn that it spends far less on Research and Development (R&D) than many of its competitors, including bigwigs like Google, Microsoft and Samsung. That's not to say Apple isn't keen on R&D. On the contrary, Apple...

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