money matters

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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Money Matters
4:30 am
Tue October 18, 2011

On a Euro-debt-crisis vacation, one sees many U.S.-like divisions

A Euro coin
Daniel Hartmann flickr.com

"One theory is the world must reach the brink to find the leadership needed for resolution ..."

Greece is the epicenter of the European debt crisis so, naturally, financial commentator Greg Heberlein went there on vacation! Unfortunately what he found there and elsewhere outside the U.S. were divisive politics, blame all around and the potential for economic doom.

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Money Matters
4:30 am
Tue October 11, 2011

The Coffeehouse Investor's worry-free financial portfolio

An example of a Coffeehouse Investor portfolio with 50 percent in stocks, 40 percent in bonds and 10% in real estate.
Bill Schultheis

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.

On this week’s Money Matters, KPLU’s Dave Meyer talks to Bill Schultheis, author of The New Coffeehouse Investor: How to Build Wealth, Ignore Wall Street, and Get On With Your Life.

Unless you're a Warren Buffet, Bill says trying to outperform the stock market is a waste of time:

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Money Matters
4:30 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Nervous about stocks? Buy bonds!

U.S. Treasury building, Washington, DC. 11/17/10
Bernard Oh flickr.com

If you’re spooked by the volatile stock market, you may want to put your money into bonds.

On this week’s Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU’s Dave Meyer that short term U.S. Treasury bonds are a safe bet.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue September 13, 2011

It's a good time to sell your gold

1 troy ounce Gold American Eagle coin
Eric Golub flickr.com

If gold is part of your investment portfolio, or you have some old jewelry you'd like to get rid of, now may be a great time to cash in. Gold prices are at record highs, recently approaching $1,900 an ounce.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer talk about how to get the most money for your gold.

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Business
8:47 am
Thu August 25, 2011

KPLU commentator, industry analyst advises selling Apple stock

Steve Jobs photographed in 2010.
Associated Press

At the news of Steve Job's departure from Apple's top job, Mark Anderson – KPLU's "The Digital Future" commentator and CEO of Strategic News Service, the first subscription-based newsletter on the Internet – told his subscribers to sell sell sell.

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Money Matters
6:15 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Are we in for a longer recovery?

s_falkow Flickr

Is the economy recovering … or heading for another recession? Uncertainty has been growing in recent weeks with conflicting economic indicators and high volatility on Wall Street.

On this week’s "Money Matters" with financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU’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'll be more like 10 to 15 years.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Don't panic when the market falls!

Jim Flikr

What do you do when the Dow drops more than 500 points in one day? Above all ... don't panic! When you're investing for the long haul, short term swings in the market shouldn't bother you.

On this week's Money Matters, Greg Heberlein and Dave Meyer talk about how to weather volatile times in the stock market.

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Money Matters
1:40 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Zillow stock soars, then falls, on first day of trading

"Z" is for Zillow! Zillow executives and employees in Times Square celebrating the first day of trading on the NASDAQ.
Zillow, Inc.

What goes up often comes back down. Seattle-based real estate website Zillow, Inc. set its IPO price at $20 a share yesterday. It was offered for sale on the NASDAQ Stock Market at $60 a share this morning, but quickly fell into the $40 range.

It hit a low point at $32.50. By the close of trading, it was selling for $35.80...a 79% increase over the IPO price. 

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Money Matters
7:50 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Is your money fund mixed up with Europe's debt? Is it safe?

Tracy O flickr.com

How safe is your money market fund? Money-market funds have long been regarded as a safe place to park cash. They paid higher interest than banks and savings and loans, and your deposits were easily accessed. 

But that all changed in 2008. The collapse of investment bank Lehman Bros. caused something of a panic as depositors wondered if they’d get their money back. To stem the outflow and prop up the funds, the government temporarily guaranteed money market accounts.

Money funds are still seen as a relatively safe harbor, but on this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein explains to KPLU's Dave Meyer that you need to know where your fund is investing your cash. More importantly, you need to know if your fund is holding European debt.

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Money Matters
8:00 am
Tue July 12, 2011

The second best time to invest in stocks might be today

Ahmad Nawawi Flickr

It's been an up and down year for the stock market. Every time the market rises 5 or 6 percent, it seems to slide back by the same amount. Should you invest, or keep your money on the sidelines?

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that now is not the time to get discouraged.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue April 19, 2011

Climbing the wall of worry

Greg Heberlein

Should you pull out of the stock market?

Standard & Poor's downgraded its credit outlook for the United States this week; gas prices are rising; Europe is facing serious debt problems and Japan continues to struggle with its nuclear crisis. There's an awful lot to worry about these days.

But financial commentator Greg Heberlein reminds us that Wall Street climbs a wall of worry, and says you should stay in the market and look for buying opportunities.

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Coffee Culture
5:39 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Stock price surges as Starbucks annual meeting presents another starstruck affair

Starbucks baristas who the company calls "partners" dole out coffee and memoires at the 2011 Annual Meeting, outside Benaroya Hall in Seattle.
Bellamy Pailthorp photo KPLU

Starbucks stocks have surged. That's thanks in part to the German financial company Deutsche Bank, which has resumed its coverage of the Seattle coffee giant and is saying investors should buy the stock. 

It's just one sign of confidence in the rebound of the company, as its executives outlined its latest growth strategies.

An annual love affair with coffee and other addictive treats

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Money Matters
4:07 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Time for a correction?

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The market has had a phenomenal run up in the past two years, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining nearly 6,000 points. Recent volatility indicates the market may be ready to fall.

But financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer there's no reason to panic. It's all part of the natural market cycle.

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Money Matters
4:24 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Three questions that can determine your wealth

Greg Heberlein
KPLU

If you and your spouse can correctly answer three simple math questions, a recent study suggests you'll have plenty of money in retirement. Financial commentator Greg Heberlein gave the quiz to KPLU's Dave Meyer, and you can take it, too. Patricia Sabatini of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette obtained the questions from the RAND Corporation.  They are:

1. If the chance of getting a disease is 10%, how many people out of 1,000 would be expected to get the disease?

2. If five people all have winning numbers in the lottery, and the prize is $2 million, how much will each of them get?

3. Let's say you have $200 in a savings account. The account earns 10% interest per year. How much would you have in the account at the end of two years?

You'll find the answers at the end of this post.

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