Category Archives: Goodies

EXCLUSIVE: Jamie Dimon’s Recommended Reading List

So, I was in New York a few weeks ago, at JPMorgan Asset Management for their Wealth Management Summit.  As it so happened, Jamie Dimon was our keynote speaker at the conference.  Yes, that Jamie Dimon.  He chose to take … Continue reading

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Tanzania Trip!

Cindy recently returned form a trip to Tanzania!  Here are some photos of her safari:

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Credit Card Collection Practices on “The Diane Rehm Show”

There was a great episode from The Diane Rehm Show the other day “New Concerns Over Credit Card Debt Collection” (Tuesday, August 21, 2012 – 10:06 a.m.), in which credit card collection practices are discussed.  According to the episode summary … Continue reading

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Worthwhile Discussions from “The Diane Rehm Show”

I found a couple great recent epidoses from The Diane Rehm Show, and you guys may enjoy them: Jeff Faux: “The Servant Economy” (Tuesday, July 17, 2012 – 11:06 a.m.) –  From the website: “Jeff Faux of the Economic Policy … Continue reading

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Video: “The Crash of 1929”

PBS Video has a really interesting episode of American Experience available online (until Nov 10, 2013) entitled “The Crash of 1929.”  It’s a history of the year leading up to the great stock market crash of 1929, and its immediate … Continue reading

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Financial Literacy Quiz

Test your financial literacy!  Are you smarter than most middle-age Americans when it comes to money?  Find out! Part 1 – Basic Financial Literacy Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2% per year. … Continue reading

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Savings Spree Friday!

Friday’s here so let’s do something fun this weekend – let’s have a savings spree!  Instead of shopping for entertainment this weekend, find activities that are both free (or very low-cost) and fun.  Do something active and bragworthy, and let … Continue reading

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Compound Interest Is Not Magic

You know how compound interest works and you’ve learned not to compound to crazy land, so you might enjoy this comic from XKCD:

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Well Played, “The Onion.” Well Played.

Here’s a great headline from The Onion, a satirical news paper:  Visa Exposed As Massive Credit Card Scam.  Here’s a quote: “This is criminal behavior of the most vile sort,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a press conference following … Continue reading

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Are You in the Top Five Percent of Wealth?

Sometimes, it’s easy to feel poor.  This is especially so when we get surrounded by advertisements or shows where the characters have an abundance of luxury goods.  When you’re feeling a little poor, take a look at the Global Rich … Continue reading

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100th Post!

That’s right – one hundred USDA Prime blog posts served piping hot or chilled to perfection.  Let’s take a moment for a retrospective of some of the best posts: Exploding Straightirons and Property Insurance: Not only the first blog post, but … Continue reading

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A Delightful Insight!

If you enjoy financial TV and magazines, you may enjoy this comic from xkcd (which is a very popular online comic.)  I present this to you without analysis or any truth claims.  Pay special attention to the ALT text.* *  … Continue reading

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Google Correlate Fun!

Since I suffer from a case of chronic, debilitating financial nerdliness, imagine my overwhelming joy when I discovered Google Lab’s new* goodie: Google Correlate.  That’s right, the same people who brought you such wonders as Google Docs (providers of the … Continue reading

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Our Government at Work

What, you thought this would be a post whining about government incompetence?  Complaining about taxes?  Pheh.  How about guiding you to some nifty government services?  Sound good?  Let’s go. In a world of click, click, click, On Guard Online (a service … Continue reading

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More Wholesaler Goodies

In an earlier post, I mentioned that we financial planners get all sorts of goodies from our vendors.  Most of the time, these aren’t approved for sharing with clients, so we’re pretty careful about how they’re used.  Well, I had … Continue reading

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