Well, it’s been a while since I’ve had the time to post a weekly recap, but I’m bringing it back today. Given the market conditions over the past few weeks, my job has become incredibly difficult, and the last thing I want to do when I get home is to read about, or talk about finance. But, I had some time at a remote location earlier this week which meant sitting in a hotel room by myself with only a few channels on TV, so I had some time to get caught up on everything and see what everyone is talking about these days.
And since tomorrow is going to be the biggest day for college football in many years, the last thing I’ll be thinking about tomorrow is finance or the economy. I need my Spartans to pull off something special and beat Penn State. Then, in a bittersweet turn of events, to clinch a Rose Bowl spot we need our sworn enemies, the Wolverines to upset Ohio State. I’m a bit torn, because I’d like to see the Buckeyes tear Michigan apart, but considering we haven’t been to the rose bowl since 1987, obviously that would be quite special. Of course, odds aren’t in your favor anyway when you need to beat one of the top teams in the nation, and you need one of the worst teams to upset another great team. But, it makes for an exciting Saturday!
Common Job Interview Questions -With unemployment on the rise, you might find yourself looking for a job in the near future. If it’s been a while since you’ve interviewed for a job, it can take a little time and practice to brush up your interview skills. Here are some common interview questions and how you should approach them.
Matt Furey: 101 Ways To Magnetize Money -Would you like your money to act like a magnet and pull in more money? That’s the first thing I visualized when I read the title of this post and book with the same name. Lazy Man reviews Matt Furey’s book to see whether or not it will help you make more money.
What is ROWE and How Does it Affect the Workplace? -What is ROWE? I had no idea, so I had to read this one. It was interesting to see that this business management strategy is used by Best Buy, and I hate that store more than anything. Maybe it’s because I know more about the products I’m buying than the people that work there and understand I don’t need $500 worth of Monster Cables to go with any audio/video product.
E-Trade Online Savings Account Opening Process -Have you thought about opening a savings account with an online bank, but was unsure about doing something like that online? Well, nickel gives a step-by-step outline of what this process is like with E-Trade, complete with pictures. This should give you a better idea of what to expect when opening your account.
Quick and Easy Ways to Start a Savings Plan Today -When times are tough and money is tight, saving money might seem impossible, but it’s during times like these that you need to have savings, and need to be disciplined. Frugal Dad has some great tips to help you get started with a savings plan today, and it won’t hurt that much.
Last Minute Gift Ideas and Shopping Tips For Holiday Procrastinators -I’m a big advocate of shopping early, mainly because I hate dealing with idiots on the road and at the mall. Unfortunately, I haven’t started any shopping yet! The clock is ticking, and the stores will only continue to get busier in the coming weeks. There are some good ideas on this list I can probably take advantage of to save me a headache or two.
Are You Ready to Lose Your Job? -Most people aren’t really “ready” to lose their job, but being mentally and physically prepared can make a job loss that much easier. If you know how a job loss will affect you, what benefits you’ll lose, what you’ll gain, and what your prospects are, you’ll be in a better position to get back on your feet.
100 Money Saving Tips for the Holiday Gifting Bonanza -Do you want to save money this holiday season? If so, this is probably the only post you’ll need. Jim has 100 great ways to save money, not only during the holidays, but at any time. It is quite a list!
Debt Reduction 101 – Beginner’s Guide To Debt Reduction -Are you trying to get out of debt but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we have NCN to the rescue. Here is a great beginner’s worksheet to help you start your quest to becoming debt free.
Transfer A Brokerage Account: How Much Does It Cost? -There are a lot of different brokerage options, and finding the best account with low fees is great, but it can come at a cost. Transferring out of an account often costs money. So, finding out what it will actually cost and help you determine whether or not it’s worth the move.
Five Things You Don’t Want to Hear From Your Financial Planner -This is a guest post by Jeff Rose, a CFP over on Moolanomy’s site. But here are 5 things you probably don’t want to hear your financial advisor tell you. Sadly, I’ve had to tell people all of these things quite a bit in the past few months. Of course, most people already know they need to do these things, but they just never admit it, or take action to fix it.
S&P 500 Down Nearly 50% in 2008 -I had to include at least one really depressing post. The S&P is down almost 50% this year. It sucks, I know. Be thankful you don’t have to work with clients who come to you for answers on a daily basis.
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About the Author: Jeremy Vohwinkle is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® and spent a few years working as a financial planner. Today, he helps people make the most of their money by writing about personal finance here and elsewhere on the web. Jeremy is also Coach at Adaptu and a regular contributor for other publications such as Intuit, and American Express. Be sure to follow Jeremy on Twitter or Google+.