Archive | June, 2011

Greece-ing the Skids?

24 Jun

For all of the uncertainty and choppiness in the market right now, maybe the single biggest question mark in the near future is the fragile state of the Greek economy. The threat of a Greek default is sending ripples of concern throughout Europe and around the world. While European leaders negotiate the wisdom of another [...]

401(k) Beneficiary Complications

24 Jun

Unfortunately, retirement planning just got a little bit more complicated for many people. A recent ruling by a U.S. District Court in Louisiana muddied the waters for individuals who want to change their beneficiary or beneficiaries, ruling that, if you are married, it is not enough to name your beneficiary; you must also secure a [...]

The Right Time for a House Call?

24 Jun

Nationally, the number of foreclosures in May reached the lowest point in three years. That’s not necessarily the sign of a recovering marketplace, however, as industry analysts and observers explain that that low number almost certainly indicates a backlog of defaults waiting to be processed. But lost in all the angst about the rough state [...]

Summer Roller Coaster

24 Jun

Like so many sequels, QE2 has been considered by many to be a disappointment. Round two of the controversial and much-debated government strategy of Quantitative Easing, QE2 boils down to what is essentially an approach that literally prints more money. While Quantitative Easing has its supporters and detractors, what is not up for debate is [...]