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Explaining what blind trust is with sausages

Aug 17, 2012
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says he put his investments in a blind trust to avoid any conflict of interest. So what exactly is a blind trust? Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains with a sausage factory analogy.
Posted In: Investing, blind trust, Mitt Romney, whiteboard

What's a floating-rate note and how does it work?

Aug 6, 2012
The Treasury Department is planning to roll out a floating-rate note program in about a year. But what is a floating-rate note and why do we need one? Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains with a boat analogy.
Posted In: Treasuries, interest rates, floating-rate, Investing, whiteboard

Movie artifacts rake in big bucks at auctions

Jul 27, 2012
Hollywood costumes and props used to be sold on eBay. The sale of a big private collection shows that specialty auctions are now the way to go.
Posted In: Collectibles, movie memorabilia, Investing

Chasing the 8 percent return

Jul 6, 2012
Eight percent is considered the "magic" return rate, but in today's economy, trying to hit that number may be dangerous.
Posted In: pension funds, Investing, 8 percent, economic crash

Global turmoil and retirement planning

Jun 13, 2012
What should investors -- especially those in their 50s and 60s -- do with their already diminished retirement savings?
Posted In: retirement savings, Investing, Savings, inflation, Economy

Investors beware: IPOs are a big boy's game

Jun 1, 2012
In the wake of Facebook's IPO, senior business correspondent Bob Moon explains why individual investors are at a sharp disadvantage.
Posted In: Facebook, IPO, stock, Investing, bob moon

Kids and investing: A good idea

May 29, 2012
My 11-year-old son won some money in a math contest at school. He doesn't have anything that he is interested in spending his money on immediately, and I suggested that instead of spending it just for the sake of spending it, he might consider buying stocks and building a little portfolio. He seemed interested in this idea, but I wasn't sure where he should start. He has around $150. Can you help us decide where to start? Thanks! Michelle, South Jordan, UT
Posted In: Kids and money, kids and investing, Investing, family finances

Gateway Stocks: Starting investors young

May 25, 2012
Think junior's ready to dive into Wall Street? Some parents are buying their kids a share or two, to teach them about investing.
Posted In: gateway, stock, certificates, Investing, kids

Judging how well you're doing with retirement savings

May 25, 2012
I am very lost and uncertain of our financial road to retirement. Our company doesn't offer defined payment retirement; it is all up to individual and 401(k). The company does match 3 percent. I am married and we have been working for 14 years now and have combined liquid assets (401(k), outside investment account, savings) of about $400,000, plus home equity of $100,000 on a good day. What shape are we in on our road to retirement? Thanks much. Martin, Chicago, IL
Posted In: retirement savings, Retirement, equity, Investing

The mail bag: Student debt and risk-averse investing

May 25, 2012
Host Tess Vigeland and Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch discuss what's been on your minds.
Posted In: letters, listener mail, reich, mccluskey, Investing

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