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Watching President Obama…

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

I’m watching President Obama’s speech right now. He just talked about taking steps to help Americans gain access to credit so that they can buy cars. Has auto financing been a problem? Are people who can afford to purchase new cars being denied credit? Don’t people need jobs before they can buy cars? Are you […]

Scott Burns Starts a Six-Part Series Today on Retirement Saving

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

I noticed Scott Burns’ column in today’s Houston Chronicle (you can read the article here) is the first in a series on reforming retirement saving. This particular article talks about the fact that many employers are no longer offering their employees a 401(k) match. Scott references a study done by Hewitt Associates that states that […]

What’s Good Computer for a 14-Year Old?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

I got an email this morning from Stacey (a frequent reader and commenter here) asking me if I had any recommendations for a laptop computer for her 14-year old son, who will be starting high school this fall. I told her I had no idea but that I would post this as a question of […]

Magazines Are Hurting Too

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

I was in standing the checkout line at Kroger last night and I reached for a Time magazine. I kid you not, the magazine almost felt like a newsletter. I didn’t check the page count but it was extremely thin. The Newsweek sitting next to it was almost as thin. Then I got home and […]

A Brief Look at the 2009 Fortune 500

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

I had to do a double take when I saw this but check this out: The 2007 Fortune 500 had total profits of $785,134,700,000. The 2009 Fortune 500 had total profits of $98,881,100,000. An 87.4% DECLINE over those two years (I can’t find my 2008 Fortune 500 issue). Interestingly, the revenues of all 500 companies […]

Pontiac’s Gone…Are You Sad?

Monday, April 27th, 2009

I read over the weekend that GM was about to announce that it was closing its Pontiac division. Dumping Pontiac will leave GM with Chevy, Cadillac, Buick, GMC, Hummer, Saturn, Saab, and some other foreign companies. There’s talk that Hummer and Saturn are next to get the ax. I’m not sad that Pontiac is gone. […]

I Think I Owe Price Pfister an Apology

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Remember my rants (here and here) about my Price Pfister kitchen faucet? Well, let me bring you up to speed. A vice president from Price Pfister must have seen my rant because he sent me an email and apologized for my troubles and offered to send me a new faucet. I accepted and replaced the […]

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