Money Matters

Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Parting Words of Wisdom from Financial Commentator Greg Heberlein

Greg Heberlein
KPLU

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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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Resolve To Manage Your Money Better In 2014

Ken Wilcox flickr.com

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

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

The Stock Market Thrives On Uncertainty

The Wall Street bull is ready for the holidays
sokole oko flickr.com

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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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Crunching the Numbers Surrounding Bitcoin Fever

A bitcoin paper wallet
Wikimedia Commons

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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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Tableau Software is one of Seattle's Fastest Growing Companies

PRNewsFoto/Tableau Software, Inc.

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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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Microsoft Board Member Faces Scrutiny

File image
Jacquelyn Martin AP Photo

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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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Don’t Throw Away That Old Stock Certificate!

100 shares in the long-defunct Oregon and Transcontinental Company
Wikimedia Commons

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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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Could You Fall for a Ponzi Scheme?

The mugshot of Bernie Madoff, the reigning champ of Ponzi schemes
U.S Department of Justice Wikimedia Commons

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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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Why Buy U.S. Savings Bonds?

U.S. savings bond campaign poster, circa 1941 - 1945.
U.S. Treasury National Archives and Records Administration

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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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Death and IRAs

Dave Meyer KPLU

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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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue September 10, 2013

The Lure of the Exchange Traded Fund

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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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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

A Reverse Mortgage May Not Be Your Best Option

Former GOP presidential hopeful turned reverse mortgage pitchman, Fred Thompson.
freddthompson flickr.com

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.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Is Multi-Level Marketing Right for You?

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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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Beware of Penny Stocks

Ano Lobb flickr.com

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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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Greg Heberlein's Guide to Disneyland

Sleeping Beauty's castle at Disneyland
Michael Huey flickr.com

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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