Money Matters

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?
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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
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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.
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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
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"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
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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
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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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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Amazon.com crosses the $100 billion line

Some of the goods stored at one of Amazon's huge fulfillment centers.
Amazon.com

Until this year, only one Northwest based company has topped $100 billion dollars in market value: Microsoft. But now a second local company has crossed that line: Amazon. 

On this week’s Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer talk about Amazon.com and the importance of market value.

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Money Matters
6:15 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Are we in for a longer recovery?

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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!

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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?

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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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