An article in the Washington Post announced today that democrats have put plans for a full scale stimulus package on hold, at least until after Barack Obama is inaugurated in January. Congressional Democrats yesterday abandoned plans to offer a wide-ranging economic stimulus plan next week, putting off any chance that the federal government would provide […]
Now That Obama Has Won, What’s Next?
Last night we had a historic election, and our country elected its first black president. Whether you agree with his policies or not, you must admit that he won in convincing fashion, and that he now faces one of the hardest things any politician must do. Living up to his campaign promises. As America’s 44th […]
The Looming Credit Crisis: Another Reason To Live Without Credit And Debt
credit: orphanjones I was reading an article this morning that just stressed another reason why cash and saving is king, and why you shouldn’t rely on debt to “get ahead”. When you do rely on debt and credit cards it will always come back to haunt you, and you’ll find you’ve become slave to that […]
Dow Jumps 938 As Governments Pledge Bank Aid
credit: Zesmerelda The DOW had a better day posting a record gain of 938 points: Wall Street has stormed back from last week’s devastating losses, sending the Dow Jones industrials soaring a nearly inconceivable 938 points after major governments’ plans to support the global banking system reassured distraught investors. The Dow by far outstripped its […]
Is Your 401k Losing Money? DON’T PANIC!!!
With the economy in the middle of a giant plunge, it is getting harder and harder not to feel a little panicked when you watch your 401k balance drop by $10-20,000 or more. In the last 6 months my wife and I have watched our 401k do just that. A poll on CNN Money says […]
Wall Street Makes Early Gains On Hearing Fed Plan to Buy Debt
credit: Ross C. The fed made a move today to help unclog the credit markets, and the stock market has shown some early gains, moving back over 10,000 to start the day: Wall Street is moderately higher in early trading, with investors encouraged by a Federal Reserve plan to buy massive amounts of short-term debt […]
House Passes $700 Billion Bailout Bill
After going down to defeat earlier in the week in the House, the second version of the bailout bill was passed today without a problem: The House of Representatives passed a sweeping, $700 billion economic rescue package after reconsidering the measure it failed to green-light earlier this week. The vote was 263 to 171, […]
Lost In Bailout Talk: Second Stimulus Check is Dead On Arrival
The last couple of weeks we have seen a lot of news about our struggling economy, bailouts of troubled financial companies and buyouts of their their troubled assets. This news is important, and it’s obvious we need to be talking about it. One thing that has been lost in all of this coverage, however, is […]
Senate OKs $700B bailout
A few days after the House rejected a similar $700 billion bailout plan, the Senate on Wednesday gave approval to a similar but slightly different bailout plan. The new plan which now includes several other measures meant to sweeten the pot and bring some members who previously voted the plan down to the table, should […]
Bankruptcy, Not Bailout?
Many are saying that if we don’t come up with a bailout package, that the economy will crash because of the lack of credit available to companies and consumers. Others are saying that a bailout of struggling companies by taxpayers isn’t a good idea either, and that a plan involving insuring the troubled assets would […]
House Defeats $700B Financial Markets Bailout
I was eating my lunch this afternoon when I saw something that surprised me. The $700 billion bailout package moving through congress was defeated by the house today. I can’t say I think the bailout package is a great idea, but I am surprised that it didn’t pass: The House on Monday defeated a $700 […]
I Guess I Spoke Too Soon!? No Deal on $700 Billion Bailout.. Yet.
Yesterday I posted the news that we had all been waiting to hear. Congress had finally come to an agreement and had settled on a bailout deal to help jump-start our faltering markets. The price tag? A mere $700 billion dollars. At the announcement of proposed deal the Dow Jones industrials enjoyed a 196-point gain […]
Still Think Credit Card Companies Aren’t Evil? Read This.
News flash – credit card companies are not looking out for your best interests A common theme that I have on this blog is that credit card companies are never looking out for your best interests, and you need to make sure you always keep a wary eye on them. Think those rewards cards have […]
Credit Crunch to Continue Getting Worse?
This year has been a tough one economically. We’ve had the foreclosure crisis, and now the credit crunch. People are bracing for the worst. Now leading academics are saying that the credit crunch may not be over yet. The deepening toll from the global financial crisis could trigger the failure of a large US bank […]