Greg Heberlein http://www.kplu.org en Parting Words of Wisdom from Financial Commentator Greg Heberlein http://www.kplu.org/post/parting-words-wisdom-financial-commentator-greg-heberlein <p></p><p>When Money Matters first aired on KPLU&nbsp;some 7 years ago, we were speculating about whether the housing bubble was going to burst, and wondering if we were heading into a recession. It's certainly been a wild ride since then.</p><p>All good things must come to an end, and it's time to bid farewell to financial commentator Greg Heberlein. For our final show, we leave you with some advice to keep in mind going forward.</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 12534 at http://www.kplu.org Parting Words of Wisdom from Financial Commentator Greg Heberlein Resolve To Manage Your Money Better In 2014 http://www.kplu.org/post/resolve-manage-your-money-better-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No matter how financially savvy you are, there’s always room for improvement.</span></p><p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 11957 at http://www.kplu.org Resolve To Manage Your Money Better In 2014 The Stock Market Thrives On Uncertainty http://www.kplu.org/post/stock-market-thrives-uncertainty <p>It is said the stock market climbs a wall of worry. Well, it was a really, really, big wall this year. &nbsp;</p><p>Financial commentator Greg Heberlein groups the worries into three categories: Economic, Political and Market.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 11705 at http://www.kplu.org The Stock Market Thrives On Uncertainty Crunching the Numbers Surrounding Bitcoin Fever http://www.kplu.org/post/crunching-numbers-surrounding-bitcoin-fever <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Have you been swept up in </span>bitcoin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> mania?</span></p><p>Bitcoins purchased at the beginning of this year were valued at $13.50. As of Dec. 9, they were trading at close to $900. That’s a rise of more than 6000 percent!</p><p>Many folks are eyeing the virtual currency as an easy way to make huge profits. But KPLU financial commentator Greg Heberlein urges caution. Bitcoin prices may very well continue their march into the stratosphere. Or the bubble could burst.</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 11529 at http://www.kplu.org Crunching the Numbers Surrounding Bitcoin Fever Tableau Software is one of Seattle's Fastest Growing Companies http://www.kplu.org/post/tableau-software-one-seattles-fastest-growing-companies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the Center of the Universe, Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, stands </span><a href="http://www.tableausoftware.com/trial/tableau-software?cid=701600000005cS4&amp;ls=Paid%20Search&amp;lsd=Google%20AdWords%20-%20Tableau%20-%20Free%20Trial&amp;adgroup=Tableau%20-%20Software%20Exact&amp;kw=tableau%20software&amp;adused=21156972255&amp;distribution=search&amp;gclid=CKD-37Ct77oCFQpBQgodxCEA6g" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Tableau Software</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Tableau is 10 years old and has been a publicly owned company for just six months. It’s growing fast.&nbsp;In just the past three years, employment has gone from fewer than 200 to more than 1,000.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Financial commentator Greg Heberlein&nbsp;says Tableau is a company that local investors should keep their eyes on.</span></p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 11133 at http://www.kplu.org Tableau Software is one of Seattle's Fastest Growing Companies Microsoft Board Member Faces Scrutiny http://www.kplu.org/post/microsoft-board-member-faces-scrutiny <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Microsoft holds its annual meeting Nov. 19, shareholders will finish voting for the company’s&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/exec/bod.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">board of directors</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Usually it’s a straightforward affair, but this time, the candidacy of </span><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/bod/thompson/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">John W. Thompson</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be closely examined.</span></p><p>Recently, a company that advises major shareholders on corporate governance urged shareholders to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/29/us-microsoft-board-idUSBRE99R12U20131029" target="_blank">vote against Thompson</a>.</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 10982 at http://www.kplu.org Microsoft Board Member Faces Scrutiny Don’t Throw Away That Old Stock Certificate! http://www.kplu.org/post/don-t-throw-away-old-stock-certificate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s not uncommon for heirs to stumble across old stock certificates when disposing of an estate. What should you do with them?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If the stock is for a recognized company that’s still in business, your task is relatively easy. If there’s no </span>cancellation<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> stamp on the certificate, any brokerage can cash it in for you (but you’ll need to provide the necessary paperwork proving you inherited it).</span></p><p>If you don’t recognize the company name and can’t find it online, then you have some work to do. We’ll help you get started.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 10531 at http://www.kplu.org Don’t Throw Away That Old Stock Certificate! Could You Fall for a Ponzi Scheme? http://www.kplu.org/post/could-you-fall-ponzi-scheme <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If a financial adviser offers you a quick way to double your money, should you go for it?</span></p><p>Hold on to your wallet! The bigger the promised return, the more skeptical you should be.</p><p>On this week&rsquo;s Money Matters, Greg Heberlein looks at Ponzi schemes and how to avoid them.</p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 10457 at http://www.kplu.org Could You Fall for a Ponzi Scheme? Why Buy U.S. Savings Bonds? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-buy-us-savings-bonds <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Are U.S. savings bonds still a worthwhile investment?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU financial commentator Greg </span>Heberlein<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> thinks so.</span></p><p>Even with all the government shutdown shenanigans in Washington, D.C., Greg says savings bonds are still one of the safest investments you can buy.</p><p>In addition to safety, savings bonds are ideal for savers of modest means who need to sock a few dollars away each month. You can buy a savings bond for as little as $25.</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 10316 at http://www.kplu.org Why Buy U.S. Savings Bonds? Death and IRAs http://www.kplu.org/post/death-and-iras <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You've worked hard to fund your golden years with an Individual Retirement Account (</span><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Publication-590,-Individual-Retirement-Arrangements-(IRAs)" style="line-height: 1.5;">IRA</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">). But what happens to that money when you die?</span></p><p>Well, since you won't be around, maybe you're not worried about it. But financial commentator Greg Heberlein says a little planning now can make things easier on your loved ones down the road.</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 10025 at http://www.kplu.org Death and IRAs The Lure of the Exchange Traded Fund http://www.kplu.org/post/lure-exchange-traded-fund <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Why are </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exchange-traded_fund#Trading" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">exchange traded funds</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (</span>ETFs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) growing in popularity?</span></p><p>Financial commentator Greg Heberlein says&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the ability to buy and sell them at any time during market hours makes them very appealing.</span></p><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 9926 at http://www.kplu.org The Lure of the Exchange Traded Fund A Reverse Mortgage May Not Be Your Best Option http://www.kplu.org/post/reverse-mortgage-may-not-be-your-best-option <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’ve all seen the TV commercials:&nbsp; Fred Thompson, Robert Wagner, Henry Winkler and others urging us to sign up for a reverse mortgage.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As alluring as the ads are, financial commentator Greg Heberlein says anyone considering such a deal needs to give it some serious thought.</span></p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 9673 at http://www.kplu.org A Reverse Mortgage May Not Be Your Best Option Is Multi-Level Marketing Right for You? http://www.kplu.org/post/multi-level-marketing-right-you <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Is multi-level marketing (MLM) a good way to make money? At a time when family budgets are strained and jobs are hard to find, it’s a fair question.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU financial commentator Greg Heberlein recommends you do your homework before signing on with an MLM company.</span></p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 9570 at http://www.kplu.org Beware of Penny Stocks http://www.kplu.org/post/beware-penny-stocks <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To get an enormous stock market gain, buy a penny stock.</span></p><p>To risk losing all of your investment, buy a penny stock.&nbsp;</p><p>Still interested?</p><p>Financial commentator Greg Heberlein&nbsp;recommends you steer clear of penny stocks.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 9401 at http://www.kplu.org Beware of Penny Stocks Greg Heberlein's Guide to Disneyland http://www.kplu.org/post/greg-heberleins-guide-disneyland <p>Many families plan to go to Disneyland someday, but it's an expensive proposition that requires a lot of planning.</p><p>Should you buy a package or figure it out for yourself? Do you need a car? When are the best months to go? What are the best days to enter the park? How expensive are tickets and food?</p><p>Financial commentator Greg Heberlein&nbsp;is a big Disney buff and has visited the park dozens of times. He's more than happy to share his knowledge of Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom on this week's Money Matters.</p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 9345 at http://www.kplu.org Greg Heberlein's Guide to Disneyland