Financial Smarts

Hunting for Cash

Feb 24th, 2017 | By | Category: Financial Smarts

Money Smart Week® is a national public awareness campaign created by The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago…and this year they’re having HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HUNT FOR CASH…in a way: The program’s called the Money Smart Week Scavenger Hunt, so there’s the “hunt” To compete, high school students will snap photos of themselves completing a series […]



Starting from Scratch

Jan 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Financial Smarts

Do you know a: Widow who left all financial management to her husband and now doesn’t know how to manage the monies she needs for her future? College graduate who just started his or her first job with benefits? Person in another type of life transition (from a different country, lower to higher income, recovered […]



Protect Your Investments from Repeat Offenders

Jul 16th, 2016 | By | Category: Financial Smarts

Take 650,000 registered financial advisers in the U.S. today managing over $30 trillion of investable assets. Know that a little over half of all American households sought advice from a financial adviser in 2010 = 64 million households representing some 153 million people in 2010 used a financial adviser…and that number hasn’t declined. One out […]



Job Forecast 2015: Boring but Good

Mar 5th, 2015 | By | Category: Annual Forecasts, Financial Smarts

THE GOOD NEWS: Jobs with more money and more career growth opportunities in most industries are coming back for those fortunate enough to live in the U.S this year. My recommendations for U.S. job market participants are: *  AVOID THE MINING SECTOR, including heavy equipment and related suppliers, as China’s controlled growth slowdown will be impacting […]



Fiddling for Funds or Fun?

Feb 27th, 2015 | By | Category: Financial Smarts

Old Italian violins have their own mystique: Their investment value seems phenomenal. The life stories of their owners are captivating. Their sound is revered and can’t be equaled by most new violins. VIOLINS AS INVESTMENTS    In 2012 a violin called the Vieuxtemps that was made by the 18th century Italian Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu went […]



A #GivingTuesday Financial Thought

Dec 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Financial Smarts

Americans owe more than $854 BILLION to their credit card providers with an average 2014 household credit card debt of $15,191, according to U.S. Census Bureau and Federal Reserve data. Given this debt load and now that we’re past Black Friday and Cyber Monday, let’s take some time on #GivingTuesday to come together to give […]



Gambling to Save?

Oct 9th, 2014 | By | Category: Financial Smarts

“What is the biggest obstacle to saving your money? What technological and/or banking solutions might help you and your friends begin to save?” The above question is what children who are entering in the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Money Smart Week’s 2015 Money Smart Kid (MS Kid™) contest need to answer. It’s a great […]



A New Financial Fraud That’s Really Scary

Sep 12th, 2014 | By | Category: Financial Smarts

My town’s Village Hall just issued the following email alert: “BEWARE OF FAKE PHONE CALLS from the Village designated phone numbers. The police department responded to a residence last evening where someone portrayed themselves as a Police Officer of “Our Town” demanding money from the resident or the Police Department would come and arrest them. […]



This Investment is NOT a Corny Joke

Aug 20th, 2014 | By | Category: Financial Smarts

“What does a pirate pay for corn?” is my most recent website video’s quarterly joke because one of the beautiful benefits of living/working in the Midwest is our summer corn harvest, which is fantastic this year.  In fact, the USDA expects a record corn yield in 2014 and I can personally vouch that not only […]



Know Your Numbers

Sep 24th, 2013 | By | Category: Financial Smarts

Want to play an online game that was driving my family nuts? Go to http://www.regiftable.com/regiftingrobinpopup.html.  Regifting Robin promises to tell you what gift you chose for participating in their numbers game, even though you do not say or type anything—you just keep the number you picked to play in their game in your mind. My […]




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