Dave Meyer

All Things Considered Host

Dave Meyer has been anchoring KPLU news shows since 1987. He grew up along the shores of Hood Canal near Belfair and graduated from Washington State University with degrees in communications and psychology. Dave’s first job out of college was at WMRE in Boston, where he was mentored by legendary jazz and news radio host Norm Nathan.

Dave's most memorable KPLU moment: “Interviewing Phil Austin and David Ossman of The Firesign Theatre. Listening to their surreal comedy albums at an early age inspired me to seek out a career in radio, and it was an honor to share the airwaves with them.”

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The Digital Future
7:49 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Are we heading toward another economic meltdown?

Mark Anderson addressing the SNS Annual Predictions Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. 12/6/2012
Strategic News Service

Back in 2007, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson warned KPLU listeners about the dangers of "cheap money" from Japan, which helped fuel the subprime mortgage debacle. Mark advised investors to put more of their money into cash, rather than stocks.

The following year, the bottom fell out of the stock market.

Is history about to repeat itself? Mark believes Japan and other nations are printing too much money again, making conditions ripe for another meltdown.

With Mark's permission, we're reprinting a special alert he recently sent to SNS subscribers on April 12:

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Money Matters
5:04 am
Tue April 23, 2013

How an Excel error derailed the federal deficit debate

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Some call it the spreadsheet error heard 'round the world. 

The 2010 Reinhart-Rogoff paper, Growth in a Time of Debt, was the most authoritative report providing hard data on why government spending needs to be cut. Too much debt, the study said, impedes economic growth.

But a mistake in coding the Excel spreadsheet skewed the results. Mike Konczal at Business Insider says the spreadsheet mistake is one of three glaring problems in the study.

The whole debacle serves as a prudent reminder to maintain a healthy sense of skepticism about economic statistics.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Stocks: Should you sell in May and go away?

Those who sold in May and went away in 2008 managed to avoid the worst part of the stock market crash.
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The financial media are full of suggestions for timing the stock market. We usually discredit those schemes on Money Matters, but this month we talk about one that might have at least a little merit to it.

The strategy is to “sell in May and go away.” 

It’s based on the notion that the six months from late fall to late spring are great for owning stocks. Conversely, the period starting in May is not.  Those periods are often referred to as the winter months vs. the summer months.

Does it really work?

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Money Matters
5:01 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Greg Heberlein goes to Vietnam, finds American companies

Greg and Carolyn Heberlein at Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum in Hanoi

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein has just returned from a vacation in Vietnam and Cambodia. While there, he couldn't help but notice how westernized the Southeast Asian economy is becoming.

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The Digital Future
5:30 am
Tue March 26, 2013

The cyber threat from China

The best way to protect your secrets is to unplug from the Internet
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Are hackers from China stealing U.S. secrets?

China has denied these allegations for years. But a recent report by cybersecurity firm Mandiant thoroughly documents the activities of a team in China that has apparently ransacked terabytes of data from U.S. corporations.

Our technology commentator, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson, has been warning us about the growing cyber threat from China. On this month’s edition of The Digital Future, Mark tells KPLU’s Dave Meyer the Mandiant report is truly a “smoking gun".

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Money Matters
5:30 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Dividend vs. stock buyback: which is better for you?

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When publicly held companies have excess cash, they often face two main choices: issue dividends, or buy back shares from the marketplace.

Both actions are considered roughly equal in terms of benefit to stockholders. On this week’s Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein explains why he prefers dividends.

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Money Matters
5:30 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Tax mistakes you can avoid

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It's the second week of March and April 15th will be here before you know it. Have you started preparing your 2012 income tax return yet?

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer help you avoid some common tax mistakes.

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The Digital Future
5:27 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Will the Internet be our downfall?

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Is the convenience of the Internet worth the potential chaos it can cause? 

On this month’s edition of The Digital Future, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson and KPLU’s Dave Meyer look at the dark side of our online world.

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Money Matters
5:30 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Should you buy stocks while the market is high?

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Financial commentator Greg Heberlein firmly believes the stock-market axiom that says "history repeats, but never exactly". So when he see the market at or near record highs, he gets nervous. Conventional wisdom is that individuals buy near the high and sell near the low.

What’s an investor to do? Greg and KPLU’s Dave Meyer look for answers on this week’s Money Matters.

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Money Matters
5:30 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Stocks soared in January. Does that mean it'll be a great year?

The Wall Street bull
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According to an old adage on Wall Street, "as goes January, so goes the year".

Last month, we cast aspersions on the "January effect" as a predictive tool. And then the month turned out to be the best January for stocks since the 1990s.

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer take a second look at January on this week's Money Matters.

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The Digital Future
5:25 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Dangerous times for American PC companies

The pair of Dells in KPLU's main control room
Dave Meyer

Will we ever see a day when personal computers are no longer made in the United States?

It may seem unthinkable in the land that gave birth to Apple, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM, but Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson is seeing cause for alarm. He explains the situation to KPLU’s Dave Meyer on this month’s edition of The Digital Future.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

How to get paid for not collecting Social Security

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When it comes to collecting Social Security, there’s a way for some people to “have their cake and eat it, too”.

On this week's Money Matters, Greg Heberlein explains a spousal benefit that is sometimes overlooked.

If your spouse is already collecting Social Security and you decide to postpone collecting your own benefits, you may be able to collect payments equal to half of what your spouse is getting. 

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

The folly of trying to predict the stock market

The Market Volatility Index of the Chicago Board Options Exchange is a popular tool for attempting to predict the stock market
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Investors encounter numerous indices claiming to predict the future. Some are ridiculous, and some are based on facts. But most are worthless.

This week on Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU’s Dave Meyer look at the January effect, sports indicators, and the fear index.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Seattle-based HomeStreet is an IPO success story

HomeStreet Bank

HomeStreet, a Seattle bank company, sold its first shares publicly on Valentine’s Day, 2012. It's been a love affair with investors ever since.

This is a stock that didn’t split its shares only once, but did so twice in just nine months. Factoring in both two-for-one splits, the stock started out at $11 a share. They finished up at $25.55, more than a double their initial value.

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer talk about Home Street on this week's Money Matters.

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The Digital Future
4:58 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Mark Anderson's technology predictions for 2013

Dave's cat had a hunch that this would be a good year for e-books
Dave Meyer KPLU

The Digital Future

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson is predicting 2013 will be a big year for tablet computing, e-books, and cars that drive themselves.

Mark shares some of his predictions with KPLU's Dave Meyer on The Digital Future. Click on through to read the full list of 10 predictions.

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