Money Matters

Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Can we regulate our way out of the financial crisis?

The Glass-Steagall Act may have been repealed in 1999, but the FDIC, which it created, lives on.
Adam Fagen flickr.com

When it comes to assigning blame for the 2008 financial meltdown, some fingers are pointing at the 1999 repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act. But others aren’t so sure.

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU’s Dave Meyer look at banking regulations on this week's Money Matters.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Facing down the specter of student loans

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Total student loan debt in the United States has reached the $1 trillion mark

Thanks to the down economy, many of the students graduating from college this spring are worried about how they're going to make their loan payments.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer there are a few ways to ease the burden.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Lessons learned from JPMorgan Chase's unexpected loss

The Chase Bank branch at New York City's Chrysler building
Michael Daddino flickr.com

JPMorgan Chase is the largest banking corporation in America. It stood out as a beacon of stability during the recent U.S. financial meltdown. But not anymore.

The bank shocked Wall Street last week with a $2 billion loss. More losses may be on the way.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at some of the lessons to be learned from this surprising development.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue May 8, 2012

How fast should you spend your IRA in retirement?

401kcalculator.org

Retirement planning can be hard. Traditional, defined benefit pensions are going the way of the dodo bird. The majority of us will depend on a mix of Social Security, IRAs and 401(k) plans.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at the best way to take money out of your IRA during "the golden years".

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Income disparity in U.S. is a big problem, but is there a solution?

Eric Wagner flickr.com

 “The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.”

It may be a tired old cliché, but it's true.

The gap between the 1 percent and the 99 percent continues to widen, and it could pose dire consequences for the economy and society in general.

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU’s Dave Meyer tackle the issue of income disparity on this week’s Money Matters.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue April 10, 2012

The pros and cons of Exchange-Traded Funds

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Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) are a popular alternative to mutual funds.

Are they right for you? 

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that a well diversified ETF can be a great investment.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Could Allan Mecham be the next Warren Buffett?

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Every investor dreams of beating the market. But very few money managers are able to pull it off on a consistent basis.

SmartMoney magazine recently profiled a fund manager who has beaten the odds. Allan Mecham, of Arlington Value Management, has racked up an impressive 400 percent gain in the past 12 years. An initial investment of $100,000 in his fund 12 years ago would be worth $500,000 today.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Should you buy Facebook stock?

Facebook user Nate Bolt swears this is what he sees whenever he logs in.
Nate Bolt flickr.com

Facebook filed for its initial public stock offering in February, and the IPO could take place at any time in the next several weeks.

Should you buy the stock? We ducked that question a month ago on Money Matters but now, financial commentator Greg Heberlein is willing to offer some advice. 

As with many financial issues, the answer is dependent on your personal circumstances.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Should you use debit or credit?

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When you're not paying with cash, do you prefer a credit card or a debit card?

Organizations such as the Better Business Bureau and Consumer Reports prefer the security of credit cards. 

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer agree that credit cards offer the most security and benefits, but find debit cards still have a useful role to play.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Facebook IPO fever, an analysis

Facebook-inspired street art in San Francisco. 3/12/2011
Steve Rotman flickr.com

Should you buy Facebook stock when it goes public in the next few months?

Like any individual stock, it's a gamble. Most investors are better off with the relative safety of a stock index fund.

But sometimes it's hard to resist the dream of striking it rich like early investors did with the Microsoft or Amazon IPOs.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at what to expect when Facebook finally goes on the market.

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Money Matters
12:42 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Puget Sound pay raises lag behind the rest of the nation

Raises may be lower here, but at least we have Mt. Rainier!
Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Department of Labor

If you're disappointed with the pay raise (or lack of one) you received last year, you're not alone.

Total private sector compensation in the Puget Sound region rose just 1 percent in 2011, compared to 2.2 percent nationwide.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Starbucks is flying high

The original Starbucks logo at Seattle's Pike Place Market. 9/18/2009
mediafury flickr.com

2011 was a terrific year for the Seattle-based Starbucks coffee chain. The stock shot up 43% last year and recently hit record highs.

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at the successful company on this week's Money Matters.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Will 2012 be a good year for the Puget Sound economy?

Consumers decide with their purchases how robust an economic expansion will be.
Evan Leeson Flickr

Local economist Dick Conway unveiled his economic forecast for the region recently, and he painted an optimistic picture, describing it as "a sunny day, with some clouds".

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that he thinks there's a good case for optimism this year.

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Money Matters
1:19 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Record high gas prices predicted for the NW this year

Rising gas prices are no laughing matter
A Siegel flickr.com

Seattle area gas prices are currently in the neighborhood of $3.50/gallon, but that may not last long. Fuel price monitoring website GasBuddy.com is predicting the price of regular unleaded will reach a record high of $4.40 to $4.65 a gallon here by Memorial Day weekend.

GasBuddy's annual price forecast sees extreme volatility in 2012, with rising tensions between Iran and the West playing a big role. Other factors include concerns about refinery maintenance and the hurricane season.

Money Matters
2:07 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Are you 'scam smart'?

Phishing scam designed to trick you into surrendering your account info.
Chris Harrison KPLU

It pays to be a bit paranoid these days. The digital age makes it easy for scammers to reach out and touch your wallet.

The Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has released its list of the top scams seen in 2011. It includes "phishing", bogus lotteries and secret shopper schemes.

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