Good Riddance 2009

By | Jan 4, 2010

Last year saw a lot of ups and downs. We started off watching the car industry with some disgust, questioning the culture of mediocrity that allowed the situation to spiral out of control. We say: Too big to fall? Too big to exist. Get on top of your credit and take control of your life. […]

The East Wants In

By | Nov 11, 2009

photo credit: ccwen7 Trying to identify the exact point where you’ve peaked and begun to decline is easy in hindsight but impossible while you’re living it. There is a lot of talk about the end of the recession, but the actual recovery seems to differ from region to region. Kind of like peak oil, it […]

Reverting to a Cash Society

By | May 19, 2009

photo credit: TheTruthAbout… A lot of interesting things have happened in the past several months as people from all walks of life learn how to stretch their money. A lot of changes have been accelerated by the fuel shocks during the summer of 2008; in a lot of ways we seem to be reverting to […]

The Credit History Mystery

By | Jan 23, 2009

Even though poor credit management is in large part responsible for the melt down we are currently trying to deny, the average North American is woefully ignorant of what it means to have a “credit history”. People generally know that when they apply for a credit card or loan, the banks somehow check their credit […]

Citigroup Splits

By | Jan 19, 2009

Despite their expensive newspaper ads insisting all is well, it turns out that Citigroup is in fact – wait for it – having problems! Now that the government is their biggest stakeholder with $45 billion in bailout funds, the company has basically abandoned its “lets become as big as we can” and has started selling […]

Facebook Friends are Less Valuable than Whopper Sandwiches

By | Jan 17, 2009

I try to avoid using Facebook for anything more than its originally intended purpose – that is, to connect with friends and colleagues whom I already know in real life. A close friend told me she didn’t want to go too far into the site because of the seemingly egotistical way in which users add […]

Circuit City Liquidates

By | Jan 16, 2009

My heart goes out to Circuit City today. They failed to overcome their harsh business environment and have been forced to liquidate their American holdings, putting 35,000 more people into the unemployment lines. It’s a tough market and the consumer and electronic goods they sell have thin profit margins. Next time you go to Best […]

Should We Protect the Union Job?

By | Jan 15, 2009

I heard a lot of negativity surrounding unions as I grew up. Our family consists of many working-class individuals who almost universally prefer to keep their noses to the grindstone and avoid getting involved in the larger picture. Unions are a sore spot – although none of us (to my knowledge) have been harmed in […]

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