Greg Heberlein

Financial Commentator

Greg Heberlein spent 32 years at The Seattle Times.  In 12 years in the Sports Department, he was the only reporter to cover every game in the Seattle SuperSonics' championship season.  Towards the end of his 20 years in the Business Department, an award was established to honor the Northwest's top business columnist.  He won in each of the first three years and shortly after, wisely took early retirement.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Lessons learned from JPMorgan Chase's unexpected loss

The Chase Bank branch at New York City's Chrysler building
Michael Daddino flickr.com

JPMorgan Chase is the largest banking corporation in America. It stood out as a beacon of stability during the recent U.S. financial meltdown. But not anymore.

The bank shocked Wall Street last week with a $2 billion loss. More losses may be on the way.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at some of the lessons to be learned from this surprising development.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue May 8, 2012

How fast should you spend your IRA in retirement?

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Retirement planning can be hard. Traditional, defined benefit pensions are going the way of the dodo bird. The majority of us will depend on a mix of Social Security, IRAs and 401(k) plans.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at the best way to take money out of your IRA during "the golden years".

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue April 10, 2012

The pros and cons of Exchange-Traded Funds

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Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) are a popular alternative to mutual funds.

Are they right for you? 

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that a well diversified ETF can be a great investment.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Could Allan Mecham be the next Warren Buffett?

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Every investor dreams of beating the market. But very few money managers are able to pull it off on a consistent basis.

SmartMoney magazine recently profiled a fund manager who has beaten the odds. Allan Mecham, of Arlington Value Management, has racked up an impressive 400 percent gain in the past 12 years. An initial investment of $100,000 in his fund 12 years ago would be worth $500,000 today.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Should you buy Facebook stock?

Facebook user Nate Bolt swears this is what he sees whenever he logs in.
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Facebook filed for its initial public stock offering in February, and the IPO could take place at any time in the next several weeks.

Should you buy the stock? We ducked that question a month ago on Money Matters but now, financial commentator Greg Heberlein is willing to offer some advice. 

As with many financial issues, the answer is dependent on your personal circumstances.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Should you use debit or credit?

Carl Glover flickr.com

When you're not paying with cash, do you prefer a credit card or a debit card?

Organizations such as the Better Business Bureau and Consumer Reports prefer the security of credit cards. 

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer agree that credit cards offer the most security and benefits, but find debit cards still have a useful role to play.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Facebook IPO fever, an analysis

Facebook-inspired street art in San Francisco. 3/12/2011
Steve Rotman flickr.com

Should you buy Facebook stock when it goes public in the next few months?

Like any individual stock, it's a gamble. Most investors are better off with the relative safety of a stock index fund.

But sometimes it's hard to resist the dream of striking it rich like early investors did with the Microsoft or Amazon IPOs.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at what to expect when Facebook finally goes on the market.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Starbucks is flying high

The original Starbucks logo at Seattle's Pike Place Market. 9/18/2009
mediafury flickr.com

2011 was a terrific year for the Seattle-based Starbucks coffee chain. The stock shot up 43% last year and recently hit record highs.

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at the successful company on this week's Money Matters.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Will 2012 be a good year for the Puget Sound economy?

Consumers decide with their purchases how robust an economic expansion will be.
Evan Leeson Flickr

Local economist Dick Conway unveiled his economic forecast for the region recently, and he painted an optimistic picture, describing it as "a sunny day, with some clouds".

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that he thinks there's a good case for optimism this year.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Should you put your money in real estate this year?

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It's been hard to make money in stocks and bonds lately. 2011 was a great year to sell gold, but prices are too high to buy it now. Where does that leave us?

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that 2012 might be a great year for investing in real estate.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue December 20, 2011

'Tis the season for charitable giving

Don't forget to wrap up something special for your favorite charitable organizations this year.
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Greg Heberlein and Dave Meyer usually talk about ways to save and invest money. But on this week's Money Matters, they concentrate on how to give it away!

Charitable giving is more important than ever this year. Thanks to the ailing economy, federal, state and local governments have less money to help the needy. More and more people are turning to nonprofit organizations for help.

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Money Matters
4:30 am
Tue December 13, 2011

It's never too late to plan for retirement

Will you make it through the financial maze and reach retirement?
Keith Ramsey flickr.com

The end of the year is a great time to review your finances. Are you saving enough for retirement?

According to U.S. News & World Report, about a third of all Americans have nothing saved for retirement. Fortunately, it's never too late to start building your nest egg.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at ways to prepare for "the golden years".

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Money Matters
4:30 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Spend money and save the economy? Or, cut back and prepare?

Black Friday 2010 at Seattle's Westlake Center
John Henderson flickr.com

Should you spend more this holiday season and give the economy a boost? Or cut back on shopping and save your money for possibly tougher times ahead?

That's quite a conundrum.

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Money Matters
5:37 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Why analysts didn't recommend selling McCormick & Schmick's stock

The McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants chain is being sold to a company in Texas.
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants, Inc.

McCormick and Schick's Seafood Restaurants are a popular dining choice in the Seattle area. The Portland-based company is being sold to Houston-based Landry's Restaurants.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein says the sale demonstrates why you should be skeptical about the recommendations of securities analysts.

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Money Matters
4:30 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Wait ... bonds aren't supposed to beat stocks!

Wall St. sign with blue jacketed traders on their lunch break in the background.
David Paul Ohmer Flickr

Over the past 30 years, U.S. Treasuries have out-performed the stock market. Bloomberg's Cordell Eddings reports the last time that happened was 150 years ago. What's going on?

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein says this is a rare event and not "the new normal."

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