Jeff Beresford-Howe: Gold-flecked cake or a third baseman?

Friday, December 05, 2008

Pitch-perfect as usual, major league baseball management gathers in Las Vegas this weekend for the annual Winter Meeting tradefest. The venue is the Bellagio Hotel, a place where there are Picassos in the dining room, caviar fusion facials help keep you hydrated in the harsh desert air and you can ...
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Marci Alboher: Slashing By Necessity

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Marci Alboher is a freelance writer/journalist/author/blogger/speaker who focuses on career and workplace trends. She talks about how to diversify your career portfolio in these tough times.
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Jeff Beresford-Howe: Viva la Huelga!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Viva la Huelga! (No, not a placekicker for the Houston Texans)

The NFL has reached an uncomfortable point in its struggle to stay on the vanguard of socialism, i.e., to have every team in the league make the exact same amount of money and finish at or near 8-8.

If the playoff races ended today, marquee names around the league like New England, Dallas, Philadelphia and Green Bay would all miss the playoffs. (more...)

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Kathy Peel: The unexpected benefits of dealing with tight finances

Monday, November 24, 2008

Despite glum financial forecasts, many families are taking the challenge head on — making sacrifices and implementing cost-saving strategies. Melissa Tarun, mother of two from Helotes, Texas, painlessly whacked around $1,700 from her family's annual budget. Cuts included:

  • Cancel seven magazine subscriptions: save $84.
  • Cancel unlimited access video rental plan: save $156.
  • Cancel premium cable channel: save $120
  • Don't renew season passes to area amusement parks: $300
  • Fewer haircuts for the two girls and fewer highlighting sessions for moms: save $452.
  • Sack lunches instead of buying lunch at school. $277.

Melissa says, "Our 'sacrifices' really aren't that at all. I mean, we gave up a "premium" channel! And a redundant satellite radio system." ...(continue reading)

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Q&A: Alvin Hall takes your questions on personal finance and debt

Friday, November 21, 2008

Financial educator and author Alvin Hall took your questions on personal finance and debt on Friday, November 21, 2008.

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Lisa Margonelli: Spoiler alert! The plot of the oil opera

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I like to think of the oil market as an opera, where big dramas get played out by colorful outsized characters ranging from OPEC, China and Russia to currency hedgers, militias in Nigeria and choruses of American commuters, among others. The opera metaphor also works to explain how the market gets carried away on symphonic swirls of emotion that lead to a price of $145 a barrel in July before falling to below $50 a barrel. (continued ...)
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Ronald Wilcox: Prodigal sons?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I talk and write frequently about things that can be done, both in the public and private sectors, to increase household savings in the United States. But a more primitive question is, "Why such the mess?" Are we just the prodigal sons and daughters of the world, caught in some kind of moral decay that is uniquely American?
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Debtor Nation: My Take

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Explore listener stories about mortgages, credit cards, student loans, losing a job, changing one's lifestyle, the bailout, and who's to blame.

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Debtor Nation: Numbers

Monday, November 17, 2008

Our debt

Household mortgage debt (2nd quarter 2008): $10.64 trillion
Total credit card debt (Sept. 2008): $2.59 trillion

Source: Federal Reserve System

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Today's conversation

Monday, November 17, 2008

Leave a message for our 'debt' series online or call our SpinVox voicemail at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE (1-877-869-8253). You'll have one minute to tell your story: how you got into debt, how debt is affecting you, whether you're in danger of losing your job or your house, or what debt is preventing you from doing. Or maybe you have questions about getting out of debt. We'll play a selection of your messages on our show this week.

Or, join any of the other conversations going on now...
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Jeff Beresford-Howe: Same-sex marriage and other California propositions

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

While the rest of the United States — indeed, the world — was dancing, carousing and toasting VB Day, California voters gave the Obama administration an idea of what the future's going to look like, and a serious reality check: letting go of the brutal, stupid politics of the last 20 years is not going to come easy. With no statewide office races this year — Gov. Schwarzenegger's tenure ends in 2010, neither California senate seat was up, and the legislature is locked into place by gerrymandering that rises to the level of abstract art — this California election was all about ballot propositions.
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Poll: The Obama cabinet. Should it be based on "change" or "experience"?

Thursday, November 06, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama faces a challenge in picking his formal advisers: Does he shun Washington and fill the cabinet with outsiders who personify "change," or does he dip into the pool of insiders and Clinton-era vets with a track record of getting things done?
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Obama supporters in New York City’s Harlem react to the election of America’s first black president

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

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Transition 2009

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Listen, read and watch more about Inauguration, the presidential transition and issues facing the new government.  RSS | Podcast

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David Wall Rice: The complex joy of poll-watching with Mrs. Maple

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

So here we go - Election Day. I've rolled out of bed much, much, much earlier than normal in an effort to get to the polls before they open. I am a poll-watcher today. Exciting!
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The importance of winning central Florida, “the battleground region of the biggest battleground state”

Monday, November 03, 2008



ORLANDO, FLORIDA — I met up with Aubrey Jewett, a University of Central Florida political science professor, to find out why the “I-4 corridor,” a stretch running from Daytona on the Atlantic coast all the way over to the Tampa on Florida’s west coast, is critical to winning the presidential election. Jewett explains why this once Republican region is slowly turning Democratic.
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