Credit Card Issuers Growth Prospects From A Micro Level View

Since the stock market hit its lows in March of 2009, it has been on a steady rise since (depending on when you read this post, things may be different off course). Many pundits are wondering whether this rally is sustainable. Today, I would like to highlight my thoughts on the credit card industry since […]

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3 Painless Tips to Save Up for Something Special

I was having a conversation with my 5 year old tonight about his piggybank and he said he wasn’t ready to go to the bank yet since he didn’t save enough money yet.  That triggered some memories (and an savings tip article idea!) about different ways I used to save money when I didn’t have […]

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Best Currency ETF Plays to Exploit Weak Dollar Trend

Currency ETFs are starting to gain favor with retail investors as both a hedge to the weak dollar trend that has resumed since the flight to safety during the recent financial crisis, as well as for speculation.  While many individual investors are intimidated by setting up a Forex market trading account, there are several US […]

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Nepotism in the WorkPlace – Are you a Beneficiary? A Facilitator? Or a Casualty?

Nepotism creeps up in all manners in everyday life and in the workplace as well.  Have you ever been asked to get someone a job?  Float their resume around?  To lobby for a particular candidate because it’s someone’s brother, cousin, spouse or friend?  I have.  And it’s always a bit disconcerting to reconcile the different […]

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2009 Stock Market Returns – Emerging Markets in Triple Digits

2009 Stock Market Returns around the world have been anything but steady following the financial collapse of 2008 and a follow-through into 2009 that resulted in complete capitulation the likes of which hasn’t been seen in decades.  Following the March low, stocks have rocketed back, many of them leveraged off of a US rally with […]

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Weekend Reading: ACORN is Toast Edition

Another week of great reads. These are entries from blogs I frequent, and I hope you will too (just come back!). I’ve also included various finance/investing carnivals that published my material this week as well as my posts within my network since the last weekly links. This week’s edition coincides with both the Congress and […]

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To Tip or Not to Tip – Tip Jars in Odd Places

In this installment of “To Tip or Not to Tip” where I examine the odd places I’ve been seeing tip jars show up, I ran into three tipping etiquette situations this weekend at a Casino where I wanted to solicit your feedback on a) who to tip and whether a tip is appropriate in a […]

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The “Wash Rule” in Investing and How it Applies to You

What is the Wash Sale Rule? This is an infrequently asked question, but an important one nonetheless (especially this year while investors are likely sitting on large capital losses) since traders violate it somewhat routinely without even being aware of the rule – and if challenged by the SEC, they could face some pesky consequences.  […]

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How Stock Options Work Series: Covered Call Writing

Covered Call Option Writing is the subject of this edition in a series on how to trade stock options for income, hedging or pure speculation (see How Stock Options Work: Puts and Calls for intro).  As outlined in my introductory article, a call option grants the holder the right to exercise the option when a […]

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