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Analysis Topic: Personal Finance

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Personal_Finance

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Financial Crisis Halves Retirement Fund Values / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: Steve_Selengut

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCrash! The 2007 thru 2008 financial crisis halved 401(k), IRA, and Mutual Fund values in a matter of months. For many, retirement dates had to be pushed back; for others, new jobs had to be found. The tragic flaw? No income allocation in the investment program. Market value builds egos; income pays the bills.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, December 26, 2008

Boxing Day Shopping Sales Bonanza Upto 90% Discounts / Personal_Finance / Money Saving

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDistressed retailers sitting on unsold stock are slashing prices to the bone in an attempt to generate turnover, this will result in many shops running sales of 50% with some goods priced at discounts of 90%. In many stores the sales have already begun and expected to intensify today.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

UK Christmas Early Sales, 50% Discounts for European Shoppers / Personal_Finance / Money Saving

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleUK retail sales are experiencing a Christmas boom that looks set to hit a new record, boosted by buying from our European cousins as distressed retailers bring forward the January sales in the face of fierce competition for foot fall between retailers. The ongoing crash of the British Pound has taken sterling to just a a whisker away from parity to the Euro, now down by more than 30% from its high which means the already liberally advertised 20% discounts translate into a 50% discount for European shoppers, much as Briton's benefited not so long ago from the cheap shopping trips to New York at an exchange rate north of £/$2.00.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, December 12, 2008

Conquer the Crash, Protect Yourself From the Financial Crisis / Personal_Finance / Credit Crisis 2008

By: EWI

Elliott Wave International (EWI), the world's largest market forecasting firm, has just released a free 15-page report featuring 5 chapters from Bob Prechter's New York Times bestseller, Conquer the Crash: You Can Survive and Prosper in a Deflationary Depression.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, November 17, 2008

FINANCIAL PLANNING: My Guess Or Yours? Why It’s Absurd And Doomed To Fail From The Very Start / Personal_Finance / Learning to Invest

By: David_Haas

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleUpon reading that title, I'm sure some of you are thinking that I must have completely lost my mind. Well, of course that's not true. But, how could something as universally accepted, widely followed, and apparently “innocent and necessary” as financial planning be setting so many of those who unquestioningly apply it on a course toward a miserable financial future?

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Is Credit Card Relief Coming? / Personal_Finance / Credit Cards & Scoring

By: Mike_Shedlock

Credit card defaults are soaring. And banks after having fought credit card reform for years are now in panic mode over losses.

Newsday.Com asks Is Credit Card Relief Coming?
Banks, which are losing billions because many card holders aren't paying anything, seek OK to forgive up to 40% of strapped consumers' debts. Big banks have formed an unusual alliance with consumer advocates to urge the government to allow huge portions of credit card debt to be forgiven, a turnabout from recent years when the banking industry lobbied strenuously to make it harder for consumers to erase their credit card debts in bankruptcy.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, October 24, 2008

How Investing in Precious Metals Will Help Baby Boomers Retire Comfortably Without Fear / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: David_Morgan

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBaby boomers, with every year that you get older, do you become more and more afraid of retiring?

I don't blame you at all.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Bull Market in Savings as Cash has Been King for 10 Years / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIf you're like most investors, you've been nearly brainwashed with conventional market "wisdom" that stocks are the best way to grow your portfolio.

You would be crazy not to have your money in the markets, right?

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Credit Crisis Survival Kit / Personal_Finance / Credit Crisis 2008

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBefore it became the worst credit crisis since the Great Depression, the credit crisis used to be an arcane topic discussed only in financial publications. Now, it's on every computer, television screen, and front page of every newspaper in the world.

In these tough economic times, you'll be hard pressed to find a more relevant and useful free resource than the Credit Crisis Survival Kit. It's packed with 15 hand-picked reports, videos, and articles to help individuals survive and prosper from the Credit Crisis. 

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Personal_Finance

Friday, October 17, 2008

Elegant Market-based Solution to the Financial Crisis / Personal_Finance / Credit Crisis 2008

By: David_Haas

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTHE PROBLEM: In a strange and awkward way, some of us here in the mezzanine have experienced a rather morbid and dark sort of enjoyment as we watch those on stage who created the world-altering credit crisis, and the governments who enabled it, squirm and writhe - like a child caught in his first big lie - as they attempt to sort out the consequences of what they've done. What we see from our vantage point is, instead of coming clean, they continue adding layer-upon-layer of ever-glossier, ever-less-credible volumes to their original prevarications. In my opinion, this is EXACTLY NOT what the world needs right now.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Financial Safety During Financial Crisis and Stocks Bear Market / Personal_Finance / Financial Crash

By: Christopher_Laird

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSince so many of the financial community talk endlessly about where to invest, it always seems good to focus on the issue of financial safety. In my view, way to much emphasis is given to getting investing ideas, and little to how to keep what you have. Lots of people get caught in that.

It doesn't help that the financial media, like CNBC is always saying ‘how can you play this' or where would you invest in this situation. There certainly is nothing wrong with that, and surely CNBC wants to be relevant and useful to their massive world audience. But, aren't there times where the clearest strategy is what NOT to do?

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Retirement Income Investing and Your Portfolio / Personal_Finance / Pensions & Retirement

By: Steve_Selengut

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFirst, the good news: From June 2007 through September 2008 (i.e., during the credit crisis) Income CEF payouts per share were virtually unchanged. From June 2008 through September 2008, payouts rose slightly--- 29 funds raised their payouts and 17 lowered them. Your portfolio spending money should be higher than it was a year ago. Read full article... Read full article...

 


Personal_Finance

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

IceSave Bank Stops UK Customers Withdrawing Funds / Personal_Finance / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIceSave the UK arm of Icelandic bank Landsbanki has issued the statement on their website that they are currently suspending their UK banking operations which means UK customers CANNOT make withdrawals of some £4 billion saved with Icesave.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Savings Guarantee Raised to £50,000 to Halt Run on UK Banks / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGordon Brown confirms that to all intents and purposes all UK savings are guaranteed to £50,000 per depositor per financial group. This is a reaction to the the Irish governments decision to guarantee all depositor savings at 100% for 2 years which has ignited a flood of scared monies seeking refuge within Irish banks that have operations within the UK. This has resulted in increasing calls from media commentators and politicians for the UK government to follow suit with a similar 100% blanket guarantee.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bailout Cost per US Tax Payer Analysis / Personal_Finance / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Richard_Shaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePre-Vote Commentary- The bailout of Wall Street may not have ultimate costs as high as the nominal bailout amount, but the interest payments on the debt will come due immediately, and the recoveries from Wall Street, if any, will take many years.

The impact of the bailout which will surely happen in one form or the other, will impact taxes, interest rates, the exchange rate of the Dollar, imports and exports, foreign direct investment both in and out of the US, corporate sales and profits, and a long list of economic and investment dimensions too long to mention and to unknowable to predict.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Best Cash ISA Tax Free Savings Accounts- Sept 2008 / Personal_Finance / ISA's

By: Shahla_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article

The credit crisis meltdown that last week claimed the scalps of HBOS and Bradford and Bingley continues to exert upward pressure on UK savings interest rates as the banks are unable to borrow from one another on the interbank money markets. However the market has also witnessed drops in savings interest rates as the UK economy is slumping towards a recession with interest rate cuts, for instance Halifax has cut their Fixed Cash ISA rate from 6% to 5.5%. So it pays to do your home work as there is an extremely wide range of between 5% and 7.32%

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Financial System Collapsing- Three Steps To Protect Your Funds Now! / Personal_Finance / Financial Crash

By: Paul_Lamont

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs we stated last November : “In A Short History of Financial Euphoria , John Kenneth Galbraith observes: “All crises have involved debt that, in one fashion or another, has become dangerously out of scale in relation to the underlying means of payment.” We have now reached this ‘ Minsky Moment .' According to Morgan Stanley, the risk is now greater than 50% that the financial system “will come to a grinding halt.” In this Bloomberg video , Gregory Peters, head of Credit Strategy for Morgan Stanley, describes the process of securitization, which “has created this cheap financing environment,” as “broken.”

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Abbey Fixed Rate Bond Maturity Experience / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: Shahla_Walayat

The following is intended to save investors time and potential loss of interest in dealing with maturing Abbey fixed rate bonds.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

ICICI 7.2% Fixed Rate Savings Account / Bond Review / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: Shahla_Walayat

ICICI Bank is currently offering a market busting fixed interest rate of 7.2%, whilst at the same time speculation is growing of UK interest rate cuts around the corner in the wake of a fast slowing economy, therefore a small window of opportunity exists to lock into a high fixed interest rate as already some banks have stated to cut rates such as Birmingham Midshires.

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Halifax Websaver Fixed Rate Savings Bonds Analysis / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI have been tracking the Halifax fixed websaver rates for a number of years now, which includes periodically pulling the data down as the Halifax fixed rate websaver tends to usually provide good rates of interest whilst at the same time being easy to open for existing customers, the accounts can be opened instantly online and provide for instant online transfers between in house accounts.

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