Dave Meyer

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Dave Meyer has been anchoring KPLU news shows since 1987. He grew up along the shores of Hood Canal near Belfair and graduated from Washington State University with degrees in communications and psychology. Dave’s first job out of college was at WMRE in Boston, where he was mentored by legendary jazz and news radio host Norm Nathan.

Dave's most memorable KPLU moment: “Interviewing Phil Austin and David Ossman of The Firesign Theatre. Listening to their surreal comedy albums at an early age inspired me to seek out a career in radio, and it was an honor to share the airwaves with them.”

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The Firesign Theatre

A surreal humor icon has left the stage.

The Firesign Theatre's Phil Austin died Friday (6/19/15) at his home on Fox Island. Firesign member Philip Proctor posted on the group's website that Austin succumbed to various forms of cancer, with his wife Oona and their six beloved dogs at his side.

Austin's best known creation is Nick Danger, Third Eye, a satirical version of a film noir hard-boiled detective.

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When Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson made his predictions for 2014, he included a “new Microsoft that no one expected.”

With the promotion of Satya Nadella to CEO and Bill Gates as technology advisor, Mark says his prediction is about halfway to fruition.

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When Money Matters first aired on KPLU 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.

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.

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No matter how financially savvy you are, there’s always room for improvement.

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A new and improved Microsoft.

Lower prices for smartphones and tablets.

A big emphasis on data encryption.

These are just a few of the developments Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson sees happening in 2014.

Mark shared 3 of his 10 predictions on the air with KPLU's Dave Meyer. With his permission, we present the entire list below:

Siris into silos. 

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It is said the stock market climbs a wall of worry. Well, it was a really, really, big wall this year.  

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein groups the worries into three categories: Economic, Political and Market.

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Have you been swept up in bitcoin mania?

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!

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.

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The holiday season will be great for pads and tablets, but not so great for smartphones, says Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson.

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In the Center of the Universe, Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, stands Tableau Software. Tableau is 10 years old and has been a publicly owned company for just six months. It’s growing fast. In just the past three years, employment has gone from fewer than 200 to more than 1,000.

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein says Tableau is a company that local investors should keep their eyes on.

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When Microsoft holds its annual meeting Nov. 19, shareholders will finish voting for the company’s board of directors. Usually it’s a straightforward affair, but this time, the candidacy of John W. Thompson will be closely examined.

Recently, a company that advises major shareholders on corporate governance urged shareholders to vote against Thompson.

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Scientific breakthroughs and profitable businesses all start the same way: someone comes up with a bright idea.

Our education system teaches people what to do with that idea. Scientists will test it with experiments. Entrepreneurs will develop business plans.

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson says what’s missing is teaching people how to come up with the right ideas in the first place. 

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It’s not uncommon for heirs to stumble across old stock certificates when disposing of an estate. What should you do with them?

If the stock is for a recognized company that’s still in business, your task is relatively easy. If there’s no cancellation 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).

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.

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If a financial adviser offers you a quick way to double your money, should you go for it?

Hold on to your wallet! The bigger the promised return, the more skeptical you should be.

On this week’s Money Matters, Greg Heberlein looks at Ponzi schemes and how to avoid them.

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Are U.S. savings bonds still a worthwhile investment? KPLU financial commentator Greg Heberlein thinks so.

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.

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.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will retire sometime in the next 12 months, and there’s plenty of speculation about who will succeed him.

But Strategic News Service publisher and KPLU technology commentator Mark Anderson says there are more important issues at stake.

Before making that new hire, Mark says Microsoft needs to do two things: refocus its brand, and restructure its top level of management.

Death and IRAs

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You've worked hard to fund your golden years with an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). But what happens to that money when you die?

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.

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Why are exchange traded funds (ETFs) growing in popularity?

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein says the ability to buy and sell them at any time during market hours makes them very appealing.

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For years, Strategic News Service (SNS) publisher and KPLU technology commentator Mark Anderson has been warning of the dangers of intellectual property theft.

Initially, Mark focused on how IP theft is affecting the technology sector. But now, he sees it wreaking havoc throughout the entire economy.

His recent SNS article, "The Big Shift," which has also been posted at Forbes, explains how "we're moving from an era where inventions paid off to an era when copying and theft makes more money."

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We’ve all seen the TV commercials:  Fred Thompson, Robert Wagner, Henry Winkler and others urging us to sign up for a reverse mortgage. 

As alluring as the ads are, financial commentator Greg Heberlein says anyone considering such a deal needs to give it some serious thought.

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.

KPLU financial commentator Greg Heberlein recommends you do your homework before signing on with an MLM company.

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Have smartphones, tablets and the Internet changed the way you watch TV? 

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson says TV is undergoing a revolution, and you can expect even more changes in the coming years.

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To get an enormous stock market gain, buy a penny stock.

To risk losing all of your investment, buy a penny stock. 

Still interested?

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein recommends you steer clear of penny stocks.

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Many families plan to go to Disneyland someday, but it's an expensive proposition that requires a lot of planning.

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?

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein 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.

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Are you saving enough for retirement? Most Americans aren't. 

According to a report from the National Institute on Retirement Security, 45 percent of American households don't have anything saved for retirement. Four out of five working households have retirement savings less than one times their annual income.

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein says one way to turn this around is to encourage more people to take advantage of 401(k) retirement plans.

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First released in 2004, NASA’s World Wind is an open source, 3-D model of Earth generated from satellite imaging data.

It’s not just a fancy globe. The model is designed to accommodate all kinds of information about our planet that can be updated in real time.

Strategic News Service publisher and KPLU technology commentator Mark Anderson says World Wind is sparking a revolution in planetary data visualization. Anderson is so impressed by the technology that he made “Digitizing the Planet” the theme of his recent Future in Review, or FiRe, conference in southern California.

 

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. 

No matter the market direction, financial advisers are not timid about telling you to rebalance your portfolio. But KPLU financial commentator Greg Heberlein says it's OK to ignore that advice.

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If you think the money in your money-market mutual fund is as safe as the cash in an FDIC insured bank account, think again.

Although money funds have been very safe investments in the past, there's always the possibility they could drop in value or "break the buck".

Federal regulators are considering new rules that could impact the cash you park in money-market funds. But it looks like the targets at this point are funds catering only to corporations and other large institutional investors.

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Washington's North Cascades National Park has made Country magazine's "hidden gemslist of America's ten most-beautiful, least-crowded national parks. 

The park is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Washington yet, due to its remote location, heavy annual precipitation and limited amenities, relatively few people visit it. Aside from some gravel roads, the main access is via State Route 20, the North Cascades Highway.

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When computer sales declined 14 percent in the first quarter of this year, fingers immediately began pointing at Microsoft.

The release of a new version of Windows is supposed to stimulate PC sales. But Windows 8 has received a lukewarm reception.

Strategic News Service publisher and KPLU technology commentator Mark Anderson doesn’t mince words. He thinks Windows 8 is a bomb.

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In our digital world of social media, blogs and the like, is the newspaper industry a dinosaur? 

Only 11 newspaper businesses are publicly owned. Is it foolish to invest in them? Legendary investor Warren Buffett doesn't think so. He's acquired 28 papers in the past couple of years.

A veteran of 32 years at The Seattle Times, financial commentator Greg Heberlein, can't help but believe Buffett is on the right track.

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