2016 Opportunities!

2016 Opportunities! The market has seen many positive stories over the past week and a half thanks to a rate rise from the US Federal Reserve, but there is one story that seems to keep stealing the headlines and that is the ever-declining price of Oil. After yet another ‘dead cat bounce’...

The History of Foreign Exchange

The History of Foreign Exchange While one may think that currencies are just a thing of modern times, when borders were defined more strictly and each country needed a medium to do business with their neighbors, the history of foreign currencies is actually going back to much earlier times. The...

Finding a job in a tough economy

(Or in any economy.) You’ve probably heard the saying, “It’s not what you know – it’s who you know”, and to a certain extent I believe that’s the case. That’s not meant to be discouraging — you don’t have to...

Money talk filtering into our awareness

For most of 2008, it seemed like everywhere you turned people were asking things like “Are we in a recession?” or “Are we heading into a recession?”. Phrases like that were all over the place, with various experts debating their points of...

Living through a down economy

I’ve lived through three very down economies so far in the United States (not including this one). There were the 70s, with Vietnam ending, protests, the gas lines, rallying cries of “Buy American!”, glares at people who drove foreign cars, plus...

Why? I don’t get it

I read an article that was essentially about people who are in over their heads on mortgages and how the new mortgage-relief plan might or might not help them. One thing jumped out at me from the article, mostly because I’ve been hearing similar statements a lot...

Hm, this isn’t the kind of observation I wanted to make

I was at a get-together recently that had seven adults attending. Out of the seven: Two were currently laid off One was currently on mandatory furlough Two had been laid off within the previous year but had found new jobs since then And one had had layoffs at work but...

“Even if you have to work at McDonald’s”

People sometimes post about losing their jobs on some of the message boards that I frequent. Often, the advice is to get a job, any job, “even if you have to work at McDonald’s” while continuing to hunt for a position in their desired field....