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WSJ: “Free” Checking Costs More

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Interesting… From today’s WSJ: To avoid a monthly fee, bank customers in the U.S. must keep an average minimum balance of $723 in checking accounts that pay no interest—up 23% over last year, according to a new survey from data provider Bankrate Inc., which analyzed 477 checking accounts at 247 banks and thrifts. The average […]

Are Housing Prices FINALLY Starting to Rebound?

Monday, September 10th, 2012

The cover story in this week’s Barron’s is about the housing market. Nothing’s wreaked quite the havoc on the U.S. economy, and indeed the national psyche, as the six-year slide in home prices. It wiped out some $7 trillion in household wealth, savaged bank balance sheets, and induced the Great Recession and the tepid recovery. […]

Sandy Weill’s Change of Heart

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

“What we should probably do is go split up investment banking from banking, have banks be deposit-takers, have banks make commercial loans and real estate loans, have banks do something that’s not going to risk the taxpayer dollars, that’s not too big to fail,” So Sandy Weill, the man who pushed hard for the end […]

Busy Week This Week

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

This week is our church’s Vacation Bible School. This is my first year to help out. Anyway, I’m swamped in the mornings. Lots of stuff going on this week. Front page article in Monday’s WSJ stating that JP Morgan knew of the their trading risks two years ago. Interesting. Not related to personal finance but […]

I Need Dick Durbin to Reimburse Me For My $15 Wells Fargo Fee

Friday, June 8th, 2012

I was looking at my Wells Fargo account last night and noticed they charged me a $15 (yes, FIFTEEN DOLLARS!) account maintenance fee. I remember getting an email or notice about the new fees but wasn’t concerned because it seemed as though we met their ridiculous criterea necessary to avoid the fee. I was wrong. […]

Greg Smith: Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Anyone seen this yet? Why I am Leaving Goldman Sachs. Mr. Smith’s problem with Goldman Sachs? To put the problem in the simplest terms, the interests of the client continue to be sidelined in the way the firm operates and thinks about making money. Tell me one commission-based company (or any company for that matter) […]

A Review of Mike Mayo’s “Exile on Wall Street” (and GIVEAWAY)

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

I received a copy of Mike Mayo’s Exile on Wall Street: One Analyst’s Fight to Save the Big Banks from Themselves* a week and a half ago. As the title suggests, the book is about his experience as a securities analyst covering banks. First things first. Who is Mike Mayo? According to the inside flap […]

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