Tag Archives: the big recession

FRONTLINE: The Retirement Gamble

Go forth, watch “The Retirement Gamble” by Frontline on the PBS website, then come back and I’ll talk you down off the ledge.  Here are my reactions.  First off: Of course people don’t know how much they need to retire.  … Continue reading

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Reign of the “The Queen of Versailles”

There’s a new documentary out that’s worth watching – “The Queen of Versailles.”  It’s available on Netflix.  The movie’s about Jackie and David Siegel, owners of Westgate Resorts, and their family’s fall from wealth during the recession.  At the beginning … Continue reading

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Your Paycheck Changed – Here’s What’s Going On

So you notice your paycheck looked a little different, didn’t you.  A little smaller.  Do you want to complain?  Maybe you’d like to get hot under the collar at President Obama’s “secret, middle-class tax hikes (brought up in the comments … Continue reading

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James K. Galbraith at the Clinton School in Little Rock

So, earlier this week there was a lecture from an economist I follow named James K. Galbraith at the Clinton School.  He gave a perky, upbeat* lecture called “The Bleak Past and the Grim Future,” which you can watch online … Continue reading

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I Think I Just Got Trolled By a Bank

So, I’m not going to name names here, but the other day I heard a radio spot for a local Little Rock bank.  The radio ad is meant to encourage listeners to refinance their homes with the local bank.  Here’s … Continue reading

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Suddenly Europe Makes More Sense…

A great metaphor for the EuroCrisis.  I love Spain in this.  Who’s your favorite?

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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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Survey of Consumer Finances: Net Worth

Tell me I’m not the only one around here who’s totally stoked that the Survey of Consumer Finances came out!  You’re not?  I asked you not to tell me that!* The Survey of Consumer Finances is a “triennial interview survey … Continue reading

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Savings Rate Increasing, But I Don’t Think It’s High Enough

According to Reuters, the U.S. savings rate has increased to 3.8%.  That’s nice,* but I’d like to see it higher.  Here’s why. It’s a well-known trope that financial planners love it when people save money.  Usually, when you hear standard … Continue reading

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FRONTLINE: Money, Power and Wall Street

You saw the FRONTLINE last night on PBS, right? No?  Well, you missed a treat, then. “As Wall Street innovated, its revenues skyrocketed, and financial institutions of all stripes tied their fortunes to one another. FRONTLINE probes deeply into the … Continue reading

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Caught in Catch-22

From CNNMoney.com via Yahoo! Finance, “I Have Jobs, but No One Wants Them” by Kitt Walsh:* Many fail our background checks Owner: Jim Angleton Company: AEGIS FinServe Corp. Location: Miami Annual revenue: $1.9 million Aegis provides U.S. government agencies with … Continue reading

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When Is Homeownership Like Playing In The Road?

So, I skimmed “The Single Woman’s Guide To Real Estate” by Donna Raskin this weekend, because, hey, I’m a single woman, and I’m interested in real estate.  Funny thing, though; the book was written in 2006.  Do you know what … Continue reading

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Get Your Financial Concern On

I stumbled across a couple Dateline NBC programs on YouTube that you may be interested in.  The first is about credit card debt and the second is about mortgage fraud.  I don’t really have time to blog today, so I … Continue reading

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What Is Balance Sheet Repair?

The latest and greatest fad in personal finance is “balance sheet repair.”  So, what is balance sheet repair, and does your balance sheet need to be repaired? First, what is “balance sheet repair?”  It’s one of those delightful phrases you … Continue reading

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