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JP Morgan Decision Could Put New Obligations on Banks

Monday, April 11, 2011

If JP Morgan loses a current class action suit, big banks may have to take more responsibility for informing their clients when a deal or a financial instrument raises red flags. New documents have surfaced in a class-action suit a group of pension funds is leading against JP Morgan. They show that during the financial crisis, JP Morgan executives realized a certain investment entity called Sigma was going under. They hedged their own bets, but didn't let their clients — the group of pension funds now suing — know of the danger. If JP Morgan loses this case, big banks may be obliged to intervene in such matters. Louise Story, whose piece on the suit was just published in The New York Times, tells us more. 

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In Uncertain Economy Some Investors Flock to Gold

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

While the economy flailed this summer, gold prices hit a record high. WNYC reporter Lisa Chow has been reporting on the growing trend of gold investments and talks about who is investing in gold and why.

 

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Government Bonds Benefit Wall Street Banks

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

President Obama’s "Build America" bonds were supposed to help cash strapped municipalities pay for roads, schools or construction projects, but they may be benefiting Wall Street banks as well.

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DIY Bailout: Saving Money with Your Partner

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

It's our final installment of our Do It Yourself Bailout series. Takeaway contributor Beth Kobliner has taken us on a financial journey; she's helped us learn how to invest the right way, trick ourselves into saving, and understand the art of negotiating. Today, we talk about a big piece of your financial and personal life: your spouse or partner. 

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To Invest or Not to Invest: “How” Is the Question

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

If you’re like a lot of people, the idea of investing seems overwhelming, mysterious and downright frightening. The wild ride, you reason, just isn’t for you. That argument may make sense for money you know you’ll need to get your hands on within the next ten years. But for money you don’t plan to touch for longer, it can be riskier to keep your cash in a savings account that does not keep up with inflation.

After you pay off high-rate credit card debt, put money into tax-favored retirement plans (particularly those with company matches) and save six months’ worth of living expenses in a bank savings account (to bail you out if you lose your job or have a major emergency), you should consider investing at least a portion of your money. Some steps to consider:

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DIY Bailout: Investing 101

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

We are closer than ever to getting our financial life in order here on The Takeaway. This is week nine of our series, Do It Yourself Bailout. Since the beginning of the series Takeaway contributor Beth Kobliner, author of "Get a Financial Life" has tackled our trickiest money issues in order to help us all get on sound financial footing. We have talked about how to trick yourself into saving more money and whether you should prioritise your retirement savings over saving for your kid's college, among many other money questions.

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Joined Lives, Separate Finances: More Couples Keep Money Apart

Monday, February 01, 2010

It's not news that a lot of couples squabble about money. But what might come as a surprise is the fact that more and more couples are trying to avoid those money fights by keeping their finances separate. In a 2009 survey by PayPal, 57 percent of couples said they kept all or some of their money apart, up from 48 percent in 2008.

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White House Objects to Foreign Investment, Cites National Security

Friday, December 18, 2009

Increased international investment in U.S. properties is one sign that the global economic downturn is easing. But the Obama administration isn't pleased by all of the proposed investments. The New York Times reports in an exclusive story that the White House is citing national security concerns in objecting to two investment poposals by companies controlled by China and the United Arab Emirates. Times Washington correspondent Eric Lipton is covering the story.

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Investing in an interconnected world

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

By now, we’re all aware of the dark side of the world of finance. But there’s another side to finance that starts with a youthful impulse to save the world and evolves into something both savvy and humane. After a funny encounter with a child wearing her cast-off sweater in Rwanda, Jacqueline Novogratz realized how interconnected the world really is. Novogratz has been at the front of a movement that combines social investing and social entrepreneurship in some of the poorest countries in the world. She is founder of The Acumen Fund, a nonprofit venture capital firm that supports small businesses in developing countries, and author of the book The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World.

"I do see, in slums, unbelievable potential, but without the opportunity to access affordable goods and services people are going to stay there."
—Jacqueline Novogratz, founder of the Acumen Fund, on the importance of social entrepreneurship

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Jonathan Greenblatt — The Business of Doing Good [remix]

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The news has been marked in recent years, at regular intervals, by the moral and practical downfall of prominent businesses. Jonathan Greenblatt is among a new generation of entrepreneurs who want to lead a fundamental shift in corporate culture as well a

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[Unedited] Jonathan Greenblatt with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The news has been marked in recent years, at regular intervals, by the moral and practical downfall of prominent businesses. Jonathan Greenblatt is among a new generation of entrepreneurs who want to lead a fundamental shift in corporate culture as well a

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Nathan Dungan — Money and Moral Balance [remix]

Thursday, November 08, 2007

The sales are starting, the stores are open late, and many of us are gearing up to spend more money than we actually have in a holiday season with deep roots in religion. We explore the turmoil many of us experience with money in our day-to-day lives — an

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