September20

“Moderate” Growth can’t Stop Alibaba

Last week, the Fed said that economic activity is expanding at a “moderate” pace. What exactly does “moderate” mean, you ask? It means that the economy is strong enough to wind down bond buying, but not strong enough to raise short-term interest rates any time soon. The big problem, according to Fed Chair Janet Yellen,
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September19

#185 Scottish Independence, Annuities, SS

Scotland voted NO on independence, which helped boost global stock prices.  To celebrate, I made Mark the happiest producer around…of course, he waited until AFTER the show…   Download the podcast on iTunes Download the podcast on feedburner Download this week’s show (MP3) We started the show with a great question from Rita in MN,
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September17

Life Insurance Primer

It’s National Life Insurance Awareness Month, a perfect time to tackle the complicated topic. According to the industry research group LIMRA, 95 million adult Americans have no life insurance whatsoever. “A majority of families either have no life insurance or not enough, leaving them one accident or terminal illness away from a financial catastrophe for their loved
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September13

Financial Crisis Anniversary: A Short History of QE

Happy Anniversary! Six years ago this week, the US financial system was brought to its knees. Over the course of seven days, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy; Bank of America said it would buy Merrill Lynch; Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley became bank holding companies; the Federal Reserve bailed out insurance giant AIG; the Treasury
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September12

#184 The Jackpot of Financial Shows

Get ready for a “Jill on Money” first: A lottery winner, who needs financial advice. Joins us as we live vicariously through Pat’s $65 million jackpot and walk him through some options for how to manage his lump sum. Download the podcast on iTunes Download the podcast on feedburner Download this week’s show (MP3) Sure
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September12

Aunt Jill on the 404: Remembering 9-11, NFL Scandal, iPhone6

It’s not the usual 404 visit, because host Jeff Bakalar and I are feeling a bit blue about the 13th anniversary of 9-11. We also discuss the NFL, my crazy travels and excitement over the iPhone6. Bonus: Check out Ariel Nunez’s impression of Alfred Hitchcock!
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September06

Tepid Wage Growth Restrains Economy

The U.S. labor market continued to improve in August, though not as much as analysts’ had predicted. Employers created 142,000 positions and the unemployment rate edged down to 6.1 percent, because a bunch of people left the labor force. Before you start worrying the recovery is falling apart, consider this: But for a lousy January
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September05

#183 Mortgage Pay Down, Student Loans

When is it preferable to pay down a mortgage on a rental property? Should newly-married couples pay off each other’s student loans? These and other pressing issues are on tap for this week’s show! Download the podcast on iTunes Download the podcast on feedburner Download this week’s show (MP3) Thanks to everyone who participated and
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September02

How to Get a Jump on a New Job

Just like clockwork, the Labor Department will release its monthly report on the nation’s job situation this week. Employers likely added 225,000 jobs in August and the unemployment rate should remain at 6.2 percent. Despite a slow start to the year, the economy has produced an average of 230,000 jobs per month this year, which
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August29

Labor Day Lament

Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 and according to the Labor Department, the day “is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” The establishment of a specific holiday honoring
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