Weekly Links in Investing and Personal Finance

Below, I’ve highlighted some of my favorite articles from around the blogosphere.  And of course, I’ve also attached…in all it’s glory, s shameless plug for… My Best Articles Ever…in Investing, Personal Finance and Trash-Talking at EverydayFinance. Around the Blogosphere: Investing: Great Analysis of High Yield Tobacco Will GE finally succumb to the dreaded Dividend Cut? […]

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A Government Mandated Layoff Freeze?

In yet another in a long line of silly ideas that may great sound bites, a prominent economist is calling for the Obama to plea with Fortune 500 companies to cease their layoff plans for months in an attempt to allow for the stimulus plan to take effect and to help in the recovery of the […]

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The Absolute Best Finance and Investing Blog Posts of 2008

Fitting – following this year’s Superbowl, I’m proud to present the very best articles from the blogosphere in Personal Finance and Investing from the various networks of bloggers I’ve associated with and follow.  I’m really impressed by the innovative, informative, inspirational and insightful articles that these bloggers churn out day after day.  The net result of these […]

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SuperFund Review – Are the Returns Too “Super” to be True?

After a barrage of commercial television advertisements, I decided to check out what the SuperFund was all about.  Upon seeing the commercial, the name SuperFund jogged some memories of a prior article I read and bam!, it hit me.  I had read about it in this BusinessWeek article years ago.  Perhaps the mental affiliation with a […]

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TARP Fund Irony: Credit Enables 20,000 Layoffs by Pfizer

In a perverse irony, the same TARP funds that were envisaged by our prudent leaders are now resulting in massive layoffs.  While I’d like to say that correlation is not causation, consider the linear progression of events today, the same single day that over 70,000 job cuts were announced: As more details emerged from Pfizer’s […]

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Generation Debt: Our Children will Hate Us

Historians like to classify generations of Americans from different time periods in rather large buckets, painting an entire generation with the brush of genius or triumph based on the challenges of their time.  There’s the generation of Americans who grew up in the Depression era, known for their ability to persevere and succeed in the […]

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Toll 3.99% Mortgages – What’s the Catch?

 Toll Brothers (TOL) announced today that they are offering 3.99% fixed mortgage rates for 30 year mortgages for homebuyers that meet certain provisions.  A 3.99% interest rate is the lowest I’ve come across, as national mortgage rates briefly dipped below 5.0% last week, before dipping up again this week.  Rates are widely anticipated to continue lower given the […]

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Tobacco Settlement Money has been Squandered Shamelessly

In a shameful show of disregard for the intended purpose of the funds that states received from the big tobacco settlement, the Government Accountability Office released statistics showing that the states have spent most of the settlement money on things other than antismoking efforts.  Through the end of fiscal year 2005, here’s a snapshot of the […]

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Is Now the Time to Short US Treasuries?

How to Short US Treasuries will likely become the “idea du jour” as the year progresses, especially if market conditions start to improve or if inflation returns to even average levels.  With new alternative investment instruments allowing for easy inclusion in this process of going short Treasury bonds, everyday investors will have access to this strategy […]

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