The New Credit Card Law is Working
The New Credit Card Law is Working
on May 5, 2010

It’s been less than three months since the CARD Act changed credit card statements, and there’s already evidence that it’s working.

How Your Credit Affects Your Insurance Bills
on May 5, 2010

Like it or not, insurance companies think that those with damaged credit are more likely to suffer damaged cars and damaged homes.

United/Continental Merger: Good for Airlines, Not Consumers
United/Continental Merger: Good for Airlines, Not Consumers
on May 4, 2010

The United/Continental merger may be just another boring business deal. Or it may mark the beginning of a trend to higher ticket prices.

Financial Advice for the Truly Stupid
on May 1, 2010

Every now and then the would-be comedians here want to do a video just for fun…and to see if we can get on the Jon Stewart show. See if our most recent attempt makes you laugh.

10 Tips to Save on Life Insurance
10 Tips to Save on Life Insurance
on May 1, 2010

There are ways to save on virtually anything you buy, from groceries to gas to houses. And yes, life insurance. Here are 10 tips to lower your bill.

9 Tips to Save on Appliance Purchases
9 Tips to Save on Appliance Purchases
on April 29, 2010

The “Cash for Appliance Clunkers” program is the latest way to save on new, energy efficient appliances, but it’s certainly not the only way. Whether you’re planning to take advantage of your state’s program or it’s already over, check out these appliance-shopping tips.

Waiting for Change: Health Reform Timeline
Waiting for Change: Health Reform Timeline
on April 29, 2010

You’ll be waiting for years for some major changes to health insurance. Others are right around the corner. Here’s a look at the current timetable.

11 Tips for a Less Expensive Lawn
on April 27, 2010

When it comes to your lawn, seeing green doesn’t mean spending green. Here are some tips to keep your lawn green for less this summer.

Earn While You Learn With Investment Clubs
Earn While You Learn With Investment Clubs
on April 27, 2010

Most clubs require that you pay dues to belong, but there’s one type of club that might pay you to show up! If you’re a beginning investor interested in making both money and friends, take a look at investment clubs.

GAO: Debt Settlement Industry Defrauds Consumers
on April 27, 2010

The Government Accountability Office recently called up 20 debt settlement companies, pretending to be consumers in need of help. What they found was an industry rampant with fraud.

How Your Home Insurance Can Vanish Overnight
How Your Home Insurance Can Vanish Overnight
on April 27, 2010

It may never have occurred to you, but if you’re not in your home for any reason from vacation to renovation, you may no longer have homeowners insurance.

Uncle Sam to Sell 20% of its Citi Stake
Uncle Sam to Sell 20% of its Citi Stake
on April 26, 2010

Uncle Sam announced this morning that he’s selling 1.7 billion shares of Citigroup sometime soon. That’s depressing the price of the stock today, but I’m looking at it as a buying opportunity.

Can You Hide Smoking from Life Insurance Companies?
Can You Hide Smoking from Life Insurance Companies?
on April 23, 2010

Anyone who smokes has considered it: quit smoking for a while, tell your insurance company you’re a non-smoker, get lower rates… then, if you light up again, so what? Well, if that’s your strategy, be careful not to get your ash handed to you.

A Healthy Gift for the Class of 2010
A Healthy Gift for the Class of 2010
on April 20, 2010

Although the provisions of the health care reform bill requiring insurance companies to allow kids 26 or under to remain on parental insurance policies don’t kick in until September, some major companies are giving graduating seniors a break.

Confusing Provisions of the CARD Act
Confusing Provisions of the CARD Act
on April 20, 2010

The new credit law that went into effect in February established new and important consumer protection from credit card abuse. But when theory becomes practice, sometimes things can be a little fuzzy at first.

Portfolio Addition: Citigroup and Huntington Bancshares
Portfolio Addition: Citigroup and Huntington Bancshares
on April 20, 2010

On Friday, April 16th, we added 2,000 shares of Citigroup and 1,000 of Huntington Bancshares to our model portfolio. Here’s why.

5 Tips to Protect Your Savings from Inflation
5 Tips to Protect Your Savings from Inflation
on April 19, 2010

In some ways our economy is like a blimp: big, tough to steer… and facing inflation. Are your savings inflation-protected? Here are some ideas that might help.

Best Hotel Price You’ll Find This Summer? $0
Best Hotel Price You’ll Find This Summer? $0
on April 19, 2010

Want to use my Fort Lauderdale home for a few weeks? OK, provided you’ve got a place for me to crash in Manhattan. House-swapping may well be the single best way to both save vacation money and enhance your next travel experience.

Latest US Export? Consumer Protection
Latest US Export? Consumer Protection
on April 18, 2010

There’s an old expression: “When the US sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold.” Our recent housing crisis and recession quickly spread around the world. Now we’re exporting something a little more pleasant: consumer protection.

Insurance Outrage: Hike Prices, Pay CEO $100,000,000
Insurance Outrage: Hike Prices, Pay CEO $100,000,000
on April 17, 2010

My personal health insurance bill went up 40% this year, and this week I learned that the CEO of the company that issued my policy, United HealthCare, received more than 100 million dollars in compensation last year. Do I care? Yes.

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