Weekend Reading: HealthCare Up in the Air Edition

It was a tumultuous week in both the political arena as well as stock market action.  With a major upset win in Mass. by the Republican underdog Brown, Dems were still mulling over whether to try and push through a Healthcare reform bill that was nowhere near ready just before Brown was to be seated.  […]

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My Scammy Online Ticket Purchase Experience – What to Watch For

So my kid likes weird stuff.  He proclaimed that he’s “so over fiction” and he only likes science.  He’s 5.  A bit odd for his age, but I’ll go with it.  So, I decided I’d take him to a Body Worlds exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.  As usual, they coerce you into buying […]

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Whistleblower Dilemma: Would You Do 3 Years in Prison for $20 Million?

There are few things people won’t do for money.  Would prison be one of them for you?  What if a multimillion dollar payday awaited your return?  That’s the exact situation faced by a UBS Securities whistleblower who unveiled the Swiss banking secrets that have been guarded for decades.  While he may not have known going […]

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Business Development Companies – Excellent Overlooked Investment Strategy

A Business Development Company (BDC) is a niche investment category that even many high yield investors don’t have much familiarity with.  While the large banks, energy trusts and real estate investment trusts (REITs) are widely known for their high yields, the Business Development Company opportunity goes widely unnoticed.  Not familiar with BDCs?  Well, think of […]

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Does Switching Wall Street Compensation to Stock Really Decrease Risk-Taking?

With all the public ire over Wall Street compensation and the public inquiry occurring this week demanding the heads of the major Wall Street banks testify (oddly, they’re grilling the heads of firms that survived rather than the ones that failed), one key theme has been Wall Street compensation. Politicians are grilling executives over compensation […]

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25 Best Personal Finance, Investing & Career Posts of 2009

After sharing the best posts from around the blogosphere in Personal Finance and Investing with yesterday’s Carnival of Personal Finance I realized I didn’t do a look-back at 2009 from Darwin’s Finance.  In this list you’ll find thousands of dollars in money saving tips, career boosters, investing tricks and tax deduction ideas you may have […]

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Carnival of Personal Finance #239 – Hot Money Trends of 2010 Edition

Welcome to the 239th Carnival of Personal Finance! This week’s theme is based on New Trends of 2010. I wanted to bring in the New Year with some hot trends in 2009 that will likely continue into 2010.  Some are frustrating to all of us, while some present opportunities for savvy folks like yourselves (following […]

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Weekend Reading – Carnival’s Coming to Town Edition

The weekend reading’s out a bit early this weekend.  Why?  I need to prepare for the Carnival of Personal Finance that I’ll be hosting for Monday.  If you’re unfamiliar with the Carnival, it’s the premiere roundup of blog posts from top bloggers in Personal Finance, Investing, Career and other topics – see my last Carnival […]

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It’s 2010! Get Off Your Butt and Do Something Quick and Easy to Improve Your Finances!

Rather than write another long post on New Year’s Resolutions, how great my last year was and “yeah! pump it up in 2010”, here are 6 simple steps you can take in under and hour each to dramatically improve your financial situation.  If you haven’t already completed/attempted these, why not make today the day? Get […]

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