Monthly ArchiveApril 2007

Investing 30 Apr 2007 01:53 pm

Stock Options 101

Stock options are risky (unless you’re a CEO) but they can help you make money when the market goes up and down. To pull this off you need to understand what you’re buying. InvestorTrip has begun a series on trading stock options by first telling you what they are. This should be an interesting series.


Economy 27 Apr 2007 11:38 am

Economy Slumps, Stagflation Watch Begins

The faltering housing market placed its stamp on the overall economy with the news that GDP slowed to 1.3% growth in the first quarter of 2007. The negative effects of the housing slump are understandable. What should concern is the possibility of stagflation, inflation plus a stagnant economy:

An inflation gauge tied to the GDP report and closely watched by the Fed showed that core prices — excluding food and energy — rose at a rate of 2.2 percent in the first quarter, up from a 1.8 percent pace in the fourth quarter. Another measure tracking all prices jumped by 3.4 percent in the first quarter, compared to a 1.0 percent decline, on an annualized basis in the fourth quarter.

With President Bush’s troubled the last thing he wants is a slumping economy


Personal Finance 26 Apr 2007 07:52 am

Schwab Offers New High-Interest Checking Account

Earning interest on your checking account no longer requires you to have tons of money sitting in the bank. (That whole “you need money to make money” vicious circle.) Charles Schwab is offering a no-fee checking account paying 4.25% no matter what your balance is.

Moving to a new checking account can be a pain. If you have direct deposit–and why not?–you have to make sure your paycheck gets into the new account. Then if you do electronic bill paying or have automatic withdrawals you have to change those. That will keep Schwab from stealing a lot of customers from traditional banks. If you’re about to change banks take a look at what Schwab is offering. Now, if you’re a Schwab customer you have a way to earn some interest on your non-invested funds while having greater liquidity.