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Deals of the Week: Jan. 13
By: Brian O'Connell
Nobody wants to start a "Deals of the Week" column with bad news. But for a frame of reference on how bad the economy is right now, we’re really in trouble when deep-discount big box retailer Sam’s Club is closing stores and laying off employees. Read more»
A new poll says that 40% of U.S. parents claim they have paid off debt on behalf of their adult children. Here’s a deeper look into the survey numbers (from and what it means to both parents and children. Read more»
Deals of the Week: Jan. 6
By: Brian O'Connell
While banks play a wait-and-see game with the economy (banks won’t offer better rate deals unless the economy improves, when more cash is pouring into the system), it’s not easy finding the best interest rate deals. Read more»
The start of a new year always entails a lot of reassessment, and certainly it makes sense to look over your investments and decide which to hold and which to fold. Annual statements arriving over the next few weeks make it easy to compare returns.If your big-company U.S. stock fund has trailed its peers or lagged the Standard & Poor’s 500, you may want to look for alternatives. Read more»
Do big banks have two levels of customer service – one for average customers and one for the high-rollers? It would seem so, and we’ll have more on that in a moment. Read more»
Deals of the Week: Dec. 30
By: Brian O'Connell
It’s the end of the year and many banks are taking a breather from juicy interest rate deals. But not all of them. Let’s take a look and see what kind of bank deals we can capitalize on before we ring in 2010. Checking Accounts Read more»
It takes months for the experts to tell exactly when a recession has ended, but more and more economists believe the latest one came to a close this fall. What, then, can investors expect over the next year or so? Nothing is guaranteed, but history has shown that stocks tend to dramatically outshine bonds in two key periods: the six months before a recession ends and the six months after. Read more»
In politics, events usually come full circle.That just might be the case for the Glass-Steagall Act, a depression-era law that separated investment houses and insurance companies from traditional banks. But Congress pulled the plug on Glass-Steagall in 1999, after heavy lobbying by Wall Street. Read more»
Welcome to the “Big Ben Show: Part II” – coming to an economic crisis near you in 2010. Read more»
Deals of the Week: Dec. 23
By: Brian O'Connell
Bank investors looking for better deals are of two minds these days. Take the holidays off and wait and see what happens in January, or dig around and see what financial institutions have left in customers’ holiday stockings. Read more»
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