July04

Greek Referendum: Oxi or Nai?

In the “Beware what you wish for” category, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipiris’ hastily called referendum on whether or not (“Oxi” is “No”, “Nai” is “Yes”) the country would be willing to accept European demands of more pension cuts, a reduction in government jobs and higher taxes, had clear results: a hefty 60 percent of Greek
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July03

#226 Financial Independence Day

Ready to grab hold of your financial life and take control? Level Money‘s co-founder Jake Fuentes joins the show to tell you! Jake launched the award-winning personal finance app in order to help people spend with confidence, save more and achieve financial balance. The app is a simple tool to automatically analyze your financial picture. Download the
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June29

2015 Economic Intermission

Every January, I outline the big issues and economic predictions for the year ahead. With six months down, the Independence Day weekend is a perfect intermission, where we can review the highs and lows of Act I, and look ahead to Act II. US Economy: There were great hopes coming into the year, but a
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June28

Greek Fatigue

Greek Fatigue: Condition affecting investors and news junkies, caused by five years of reporting on the exact same topic. Symptoms include weariness, eyes glazing over and sleepwalking through broadcasts/columns/blogs predicting doom and gloom. (See: “US Debt Ceiling” and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”.) I know you don’t want to hear about Greece again, but we’re
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June26

#225 Bond Summer School

We’re cramming in a summer class on bonds, led by Bond Yoda, Marilyn Cohen. Marilyn founded Envision Capital Management 20 years ago after stints at William O’Neil & Company and Cantor Fitzgerald. Besides her impressive credentials, our favorite fact on her bio is: “In her spare time Marilyn raises service dogs for the disabled and regularly conducts
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June22

Baby Boom: How to Financially Prepare

Birth rates are UP for the first time since the recession began and economists are cheering! It’s not that the practitioners of the Dismal Science are lovers of baby showers, but they say that the new mini baby boom is yet another example of an improving economy. Birth rates reached a record high of 4.3
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June20

Greece, Jeb! and Stock Corrections

European leaders will convene yet another emergency meeting in Brussels on Monday to discuss how and whether to restructure Greece’s debt. This may all sound like déjà vu all over again, but contrary to five years ago when the Greek drama started to unfold, today investors are less concerned that a default would take down
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June19

#224 Father’s Day Financial Advice, Annuities

This Father’s Day weekend, we have financial advice for dads, moms and kids. Many of you know that my father, “Big Al” or “Albie”, had a big influence on me and I miss him terribly. For those who never heard the show where Dad came on as a guest, you can check out this post. I also
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June17

Housing Set for Summer Sizzler

“The housing market is coming back and it looks like it will be with a vengeance,” according to economist Joel Naroff. He offered this commentary after a report showed that building permits, an indicator of future activity, soared to the highest pace in nearly eight years. Surging permit requests along with a jump in builder
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June13

Fed on the Hot Seat

Are you ready for your close up, Janet? All eyes will be on the Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen this week, as the central bank conducts a two-day policy meeting. At her press conference, it is expected that Yellen will stress how the economy is improving, after weakness in the first quarter. In fact, despite
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