Tag: "banking"

Chicago Plays Politics with Retirement Pensions

If Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Ca.) assault weapons bill is not enough of a kneejerk reaction to the Newtown shooting, Chicago is playing its part in contributing to the lack of common sense measures as well — by hurting its employee pension system.  The board of Chicago’s Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund voted to divest […]

Nervously Holding Bonds

cialis online     The stock market is getting a bad reputation these days. It waxes and wanes hour by hour depending on everything from who is elected president to the future of twinkies and cupcakes. Never mind that in the grand scheme of things, individual stock returns are really based on corporate earnings, and […]

Earth to Congress: The Fed Can't Fix This

Today's highlighted the often-ignored plight of the U.S. fiscal cliff . Beginning in January 2013, $1.2 trillion of automatic, across-the-board cuts in discretionary spending will take place over 10 years, as directed by the congressonional “supercommittee” last November (yawn…remember them?). Of course, there is still time for Congress and take a serious look at what […]

Don't Treat the I.R.S. Like a Savings Account

Picture this scenario: Suppose you are a habitual spendthrift and have great difficulty putting money aside for savings, so you ask a trusted friend to hold money for you. Each month for a year, you give this friend $200 a month, which you cannot b orrow against or ask to be returned to you until […]

Baby Boomers vs. Generation Y

The Insured Retirement Institute released a survey this week (described on the Wall Street Journal”s Smart Money blo Meditation Expert. g) about the state of baby boomer retirement. It is indeed a sad state, but nothing new to report. As previous surveys have indicated, they are simply not ready: 35 percent of 50 to 66 […]

Walk….Don’t Run When the Financial Markets Speak

One of the most important things to remember in an emergency is to remain calm. Panic tends to cloud a person’s rational thinking and judgment. In every situation, panic can create more problems than it solves. It does two things: 1) It causes us to misunderstand the ramifications of the problem we are trying to […]

Running with the Bulls

Nearly two years ago, I received a call from a former college friend of mine.  This was about the time the market was starting to recover from its drastic downturn in the fall of 2008, leaving many investors shaking their heads, selling off and vowing never to return to the Dow Jones again.  During the […]

In the Credit Department, Small Businesses are Suffering

An interesting tidbit for today's blog: An article appeared in today's Wall Street Journal that does not bode well for small businesses. (See Emily Maltby's “”) Fear of another banking crisis, complicated SBA loans, and what banks feel is pressure from regulators no nasal polyps treatment t to lend (among other factors) has put small business in a […]

From the Department of "Unintended Consequences:" More Bank Fees

I don't think anybody needed to get out the crystal ball to see this one coming:   According to the Wall Street Journal, now that the new credit card laws are in effect that all but prevent financial institutions from pricing credit card usage based on risk, banks are looking to recoup revenue losses by spreading costs […]