stocks http://www.kplu.org en 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! 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 Don't worry about rebalancing your portfolio http://www.kplu.org/post/dont-worry-about-rebalancing-your-portfolio <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The financial markets have been roiling lately, a sign that a change of direction might be about to occur, or already is underway. However, crystal balls tend to be more cloudy than clear. No one consistently appraises the markets accurately.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No matter the market direction, financial advisers are not timid about telling you to </span>rebalance<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> your portfolio. But KPLU financial commentator Greg Heberlein says it's OK to ignore that advice.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 9084 at http://www.kplu.org Don't worry about rebalancing your portfolio Stocks: Should you sell in May and go away? http://www.kplu.org/post/stocks-should-you-sell-may-and-go-away <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The financial media are full of suggestions for timing the stock market. We usually discredit those schemes on Money Matters, but this month we talk about one that might have at least a little merit to it.</span></p><p>The strategy is to “sell in May and go away.”&nbsp;</p><p>It’s based on the notion that the six months from late fall to late spring are great for owning stocks.&nbsp;Conversely, the period starting in May is not.&nbsp; Those periods are often referred to as the winter months vs. the summer months.</p><p>Does it really work?</p><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 8402 at http://www.kplu.org Stocks: Should you sell in May and go away? The folly of trying to predict the stock market http://www.kplu.org/post/folly-trying-predict-stock-market <p>Investors encounter numerous indices claiming to predict the future.&nbsp;Some are ridiculous, and some are based on facts.&nbsp;But most are worthless.</p><p>This week on Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU’s Dave Meyer look at the January effect, sports indicators, and the fear index.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 7550 at http://www.kplu.org The folly of trying to predict the stock market Boeing to resume buybacks, boosts dividends by 10 percent http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-resume-buybacks-boosts-dividends-10-percent <p>CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing Co. says it will buy back $1.5 billion to $2 billion of its shares next year, and it is boosting its dividend.</p><p>Boeing says the buybacks and higher dividend are possible because it is generating cash and has a positive growth outlook.</p><p>Boeing shareholders have been waiting to benefit from its new 787 plane.</p><p>The share repurchases will use up the rest of the money authorized for that purpose by Boeing's board in 2007. Boeing also raised its dividend 10 percent, to 48.5 cents per share.</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 22:51:31 +0000 The Associated Press 7392 at http://www.kplu.org Boeing to resume buybacks, boosts dividends by 10 percent Washington stocks outperform the S&P 500, led by Expedia http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-stocks-outperform-sp-500-led-expedia <p>If you&rsquo;ve been following the gloomy economic news, you might be surprised that lots of Washington stocks have been doing quite well this year.</p><p>Top of the pack so far this year? Expedia, the travel web site company based in Bellevue. Expedia stock has soared 66 percent so far this year.</p><p>What&rsquo;s going on? Dan Su is an analyst with Morningstar who covers Expedia. She says the company has been overhauling its web sites to make them more user-friendly and to better compete with rival Priceline.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 5377 at http://www.kplu.org Washington stocks outperform the S&P 500, led by Expedia The pros and cons of Exchange-Traded Funds http://www.kplu.org/post/pros-and-cons-exchange-traded-funds <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exchange-traded_fund">Exchange-Traded Funds</a> (ETFs) are a popular alternative to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_fund">mutual funds</a>.</p><p>Are they right for you?&nbsp;</p><p>On this week&#39;s Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein&nbsp;tells KPLU&#39;s Dave Meyer that a well diversified ETF can be a great investment.</p><p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 4690 at http://www.kplu.org The pros and cons of Exchange-Traded Funds Why analysts didn't recommend selling McCormick & Schmick's stock http://www.kplu.org/post/why-analysts-didnt-recommend-selling-mccormick-schmicks-stock <p><a href="http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/">McCormick and Schick&#39;s Seafood Restaurants </a>are a popular dining choice in the Seattle area. The Portland-based company is being sold to Houston-based <a href="http://www.landrysrestaurants.com/">Landry&#39;s Restaurants</a>.</p><p>On this week&#39;s <em>Money Matters</em>, financial commentator Greg Heberlein&nbsp;says the sale demonstrates why you should be skeptical about the recommendations of securities analysts.</p><p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 13:37:41 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 3185 at http://www.kplu.org Why analysts didn't recommend selling McCormick & Schmick's stock Wait ... bonds aren't supposed to beat stocks! http://www.kplu.org/post/wait-bonds-arent-supposed-beat-stocks <p>Over the past 30 years, U.S. Treasuries have out-performed the stock market. <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-31/bonds-beating-u-s-stocks-over-30-years-for-first-time-since-19th-century.html">Bloomberg&#39;s Cordell Eddings </a>reports the last time that happened was <em>150 years ago</em>. What&#39;s going on?</p><p>On this week&#39;s <em>Money Matters</em>, financial commentator Greg Heberlein&nbsp;says this is a rare event and not &quot;the new normal.&quot;</p><p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 12:30:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 3129 at http://www.kplu.org Wait ... bonds aren't supposed to beat stocks! The Coffeehouse Investor's worry-free financial portfolio http://www.kplu.org/post/coffeehouse-investors-worry-free-financial-portfolio <p>Ever since the 2008 financial meltdown, a lot of us have been losing sleep over our investments and 401(k) plans. But a financial adviser in Kirkland has a simple approach to reducing the stress.</p><p>On this week&rsquo;s<em> Money Matters</em>, KPLU&rsquo;s Dave Meyer talks to <a href="http://www.coffeehouseinvestor.com/the-coffeehouse-rules/about-bill/">Bill Schultheis</a>, author of <a href="http://www.coffeehouseinvestor.com/">The New Coffeehouse Investor: How to Build Wealth, Ignore Wall Street, and Get On With Your Life</a>.</p><p>Unless you&#39;re a Warren Buffet, Bill says trying to outperform the stock market is a waste of time:</p><p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 11:30:00 +0000 Dave Meyer 2861 at http://www.kplu.org The Coffeehouse Investor's worry-free financial portfolio Are we in for a longer recovery? http://www.kplu.org/post/are-we-longer-recovery <p>Is the economy recovering &hellip; or heading for another recession? Uncertainty has been growing in recent weeks with conflicting economic indicators and high volatility on Wall Street.</p><p>On this week&rsquo;s &quot;Money Matters&quot; with financial commentator Greg Heberlein&nbsp;and KPLU&rsquo;s Dave Meyer, Greg changes his mind about how soon the economy will recover. Instead of a 5 to 10 year recovery, Greg thinks it&#39;ll be more like 10 to 15 years.</p><p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 13:15:32 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 2318 at http://www.kplu.org Are we in for a longer recovery? Inflation can be good for you http://www.kplu.org/post/inflation-can-be-good-you <p>A rising Consumer Price Index (CPI) has caused more doom and gloom on Wall Street. But on this week&#39;s Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein&nbsp;tells KPLU&#39;s Dave Meyer it&#39;s nothing to worry about. A bane for Wall Street can actually be a boon for Main Street.</p><p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 1903 at http://www.kplu.org Inflation can be good for you IPO fever http://www.kplu.org/post/ipo-fever <p>LinkedIn&#39;s IPO&nbsp;seemed like a flashback to the heyday of the 1990&#39;s. The company&#39;s stock doubled in value on its first day of trading. On this week&#39;s <strong><em>Money Matters</em></strong>, financial commentator Greg Heberlein thinks this will be a good year for IPOs. At least three locally based companies are preparing to go public, and more may be waiting in the wings.</p><p> Tue, 24 May 2011 15:35:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 1648 at http://www.kplu.org IPO fever Understanding share buybacks http://www.kplu.org/post/understanding-share-buybacks <p>Shareholders often get excited when their companies announce share buyback programs. If a company reduces shares in the marketplace, an investor&rsquo;s share of the company goes up. So that&#39;s good, right? Usually, it is, but sometimes it can be a sign that the company is in trouble.</p><p> Tue, 17 May 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 1607 at http://www.kplu.org Understanding share buybacks