Posts filed as “Investing”

Can We Really Delay Retirement?

A study released late last week by The Conference Board reveals that more and more Americans are apparently adopting a retirement planning strategy that could best be described as being lifted from a Beatles song: They are assuming their employers will indeed still need them and feed them when they’re are 64. According the Board, ...Read more.

Hair Color and Money Habits

Here’s an idea to cure the savings crisis: just direct everyone to dye his or her hair grey or white. That’s the impression you might get from a survey released today by, a provider of coupons for online sites, which teamed up with Interactive to determine if hair color has any influence on our ...Read more.

Casey Anthony Can Declare Bankruptcy And Expect Relief But Student Loan Debtors Receive No Such Protection

In today’s filing from tabloid scandals you can never, ever escape, comes news that Casey Anthony, who was found not guilty of the murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee in a 2011 trial, declared bankruptcy last week. Anthony, who is unsurpringly unemployed (would you hire this woman?), claims debts of just under $800,000 on assets of ...Read more.

Barack Obama’s Inauguration Speech, Personal Finance and The Quality of Mercy

President  today was a stirring defense of the role of government in the life of individuals. It also took on the very popular meme in the personal finance world, that all bad personal finance events are a result of ill planning and extravagant spending. I’m not sure intended to do that. But he did and I ...Read more.

The 401(k) And Our Emergency Savings Problem

When it comes to the subject of our 401(k) savings … well, what savings? The dollars we’ve put aside are pathetic....Read more.

Justin Bieber to Promote a Prepaid Debit Card

If there is any chance that ’s alleged marijuana use will delay the release of his soon-to-debut contribution to the prepaid debit card market, I will personally thank the powers-that-be at the TMZ for publishing pictures of the teen heartthrob smoking what they say they suspect is the still-illegal weed earlier this week. To review: ...Read more.

Holiday Retail Sales Barely Budge Over Last Year

A quick note on those 2012 holiday retail sales figures …. The Christmas retail sales numbers are beginning to be released, and let’s just say it wasn’t a very merry holiday season for the nation’s shopping sector. According to  Advisors SpendingPulse, 2012 holiday sales increased by a grand total of 0.7 percent from last year. ...Read more.

Bill Ackman Takes on Herbalife

Pershing Square’s Bill Ackman might well have given a few desperate Americans an early Christmas gift last week when he took on nutritional supplement company in a three-hour presentation at a special session of the Sohn Conference in City. No, I am not discussing Ackman’s now famous short of the company, based on his contention ...Read more.

Barack Obama And The Federal Government Are Not Taking Your 401(k)

s supposed secret and diabolical plan to steal your 401(k) monies to plug holes in the federal budget, one of the many low points of the 2008 presidential campaign, is back. It appears to have started on this go-round  with World Net Daily’s Jerome Corsi, best known for his opinions about the validity of ‘s ...Read more.

IBM Makes Changes To Its 401(k) Plan

When it comes to pension and 401(k) plans, has long been a trendsetter.  That’s a worrisome fact in view of the company’s recent controversial change to their employee retirement plan. As of January 1, 2013, will no longer give employees their 401(k) match with each pay cycle. Instead, the technology behemoth will make one large ...Read more.