Bleak fall of the $100 billion mortgage bubble

October 29, 2010

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We’re entering the “Bleak House” period of the mortgage bubble. The action has shifted to the courts. Worse, it will drag on for years and cost hundreds of billions of dollars.

A ‘pure’ savings plan for college can still work

October 25, 2010

A graduating senior waves as she arrives at the commencement for Barnard College, where U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke, in New York, May 18, 2009.  REUTERS/Chip East You can still put aside enough money for college if you save. Is this the latest American myth?

How I beat Yale’s David Swensen

October 19, 2010

YALE/INVESTMENTIt’s not every day that one’s portfolio beats David Swensen, the great money manager of the Yale endowment.

Hollywood’s Hagman un-fleeces Wall Street

October 15, 2010

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It would be great if investors who got fleeced by a bad broker got most of their money back like Larry “JR Ewing” Hagman.

Don’t hold your breath on home appreciation

October 11, 2010

FINANCIAL/MORTGAGESYou may see two full moons in a month before home prices start rising again across the U.S. The rip tide of a huge home inventory, increasing foreclosures, unemployment and more bank woes continue to roil the housing market in most regions.

The bailout was a bust for most taxpayers

October 4, 2010

Was the bailout of the U.S. banking, auto and insurance industries worth it?

As the Troubled Assets Relief Program comes to a close, I won’t be popping any champagne corks. The Federal Reserve and U.S. taxpayers are still owed at least $2 trillion and at least two black holes remain in the bailout scenario.

Top investment scams gone wild

October 4, 2010

MADOFF/BAILIt’s not hard to find the hottest investment scams. Just read the business headlines. What’s making money?