5 ways income inequality happened, and will continue

October 28, 2011

By John Wasik

(Reuters) – As if on cue for an Occupy Wall Street commercial, the latest Congressional Budget Office report highlighted the large crevasse between the upper 1 percent of U.S. households and the rest of us.

Meditations on money mania: Why we gorge on the financial buffet

October 24, 2011

Are you a money maniac? While finishing up Michael Lewis’s “Boomerang,” his latest book on the financial meltdown, I was intrigued by a few of his observations on a cultural and psychological malady.

Big banks want your big bucks, but ask questions

October 21, 2011

NEW YORK, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Despite receiving some $4.7
trillion in taxpayer bailout funds, the largest of them are
moving more towards wealthy customers with assets to invest and
away from low-margin checking accounts. That doesn’t mean you
should invest with them, though.

Big banks want your big bucks, but you have other options

October 21, 2011

Big banks just don’t want to sweat the small stuff.

Despite receiving some $4.7 trillion in taxpayer bailout funds, the largest of them are moving more towards wealthy customers with assets to invest and away from low-margin checking accounts. That doesn’t mean you should invest with them, though.

5 tips to surviving a bear market

October 18, 2011

Do you need a special kind of financial adviser to deal with a bear market?

Few will debate that the months ahead will be challenging, and that theĀ extreme market volatility will continue. There are a number of steps you can take with your adviser — or on your own — to weather these changes.

Analysis: Tactical asset allocation might become your new normal

October 17, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Market volatility is like a headache that hangs on. The cure may lie in shifting your mind from keenly focusing on risk instead of returns.

Tactical asset allocation might become your new normal

October 17, 2011

Market volatility is like a headache that hangs on. The cure may lie in shifting your mind from keenly focusing on risk instead of returns.

Occupy colleges? How to shut down student debt

October 14, 2011

Members of the Occupy Wall St movement hold signs aloft while demonstrating. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson One of the more compelling issues to emerge from the Occupy Wall Street movement is subject of crushing student debt.

What the Occupy Wall Street crowd should be saying

October 10, 2011

A demonstrator from the Occupy Wall Street campaign stands with a dollar taped over his mouth as he stands in Zucotti Park near the financial district of New York September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Are the thousands who have taken to the streets in the “Occupy Wall Street” (OWS) protests a bunch of anarchistic slackers or do they have a point?

Analysis: If you want lower property tax rates, just ask

October 3, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For years, the mantra of American homeownership was to count on home appreciation. Every year like clockwork the value went up and houses were a growing source of wealth.