Random poll: is the guy or girl who sits next do you at work a) forgoing a chair and instead squatting in front of his/her computer b) doing lunges and push-ups behind you or c) breathing alarmingly heavily and sweating profusely post-deskside workout in which he or she shouted things like “Market’s going up! Heart rate’s going up!”? If you answered no to all of the above, your office is apparently miles behind the curve. According to a segment aired on Bloomberg TV earlier this morning, everyone on Wall Street is working out on the job. Read more »
Remember when Council of Economic Advisers chairman Austan Goolsbee explained the Bush tax cuts debate on a whiteboard? Bloomberg does. The normally staid, restrained, non-confrontational network brought it up today in a segment that one might rate “3 trombones” on the “how many sad trombones for Goolsbee does this rate” scale. Read more »
One can’t help but get that vibe as Margaret Brennan and her colleague discuss the group of female business journalism students who posed in lingerie for a calendar in honor of Vladmir Putin’s 58th birthday, which features captions like “you put out the forest fire but I’m still burning.” I can tell you one network that doesn’t think it’s too good for this “kind of journalism.” The reason I know this is because I’ve seen an advanced copy of the shots being used to celebrate Alan Greenspan’s 100th birthday. You haven’t seen a Mr. September until you’ve seen a Mark Haines Mr. September, who follows the August sandwich that is Trish, Kudlow and Mandy (the Kudwich).
You can’t go around rating “shitty deals” AAA and get away with it.
I actually think it would be a good thing for rating agencies if they suffered some consequences for bad opinions.”
“One of the problems is, when you have an institution who is allowed to write opinions that have enormous market impact, but they have no economic – they have an exemption for free speech, it can create some problems. Rating agencies, in my view, during the credit crisis acted effectively as underwriters. Deals could not get done without their primatur.”
It’s an age-old question that deserves revisiting every now and then. BroBible has complied a list of its 12 favorite business bitches and while we think it’s definitely a decent start, with your collective expertise we can really nail this thing.
Personally, the bones we have to pick are a) that this isn’t a ranking but just general love-fest. Those things have their place but not here. This is a serious cutthroat competition. Line ‘em up, top to bottom. b) Some entries on the list seem to be the result of the authors have created the thing from the inside of a time machine and c) The lack of Bloomberg representation, especially from someone who is working overtime on the job and had the business sense to take a page from the AmandaDruryplayabook. And speaking of the Druries, they’re present and accounted for after the jump. Let’s show a little teamwork and make this thing something to be proud of. Add, subtract and annotate at this time.
Please, God, for the love of watching Cody Willard pass out after one chug let the tip we just received be true. Supposedly, Bloomberg TV has challenged Fox Business to a “drink off.” One unnamed anchor who recently moved from BTV to FBN believes (and I dare you to read this line without peeing your pants), “We have some hard core mo’fos up in here–could be quite a challenge.” No idea who said that (though Sandra Smith and Brian Sullivan are among those who jumped ship), or where/when this thing is taking place but we will keep you abreast of the situation and be distributing Team Cavuto t-shirts (at cost), this much I promise you. (Don’t particularly like the guy, just have our money on the fact that he’s in it to win it and has no qualms about playing dirty.)
You know what they say: You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your financial planner. Or something like that. One of the great things of being in charge of your money is choosing who (if anyone) will help you manage it. The choice isn’t always an easy one. How will you know that your planner is reputable and trustworthy?
These five red flags may be good indications of whether the financial planner sitting across from you is someone you should trust with your money. LearnVest Planning also provides an innovative 7-step program for your money where you work one-on-one with a financial planner. To see if this program is right for you, start with a free financial consultation.
1. She Isn’t Certified
“There are a lot of good planners out there who aren’t Certified Financial Panners™,” says Samantha Vient, CFP®, of LearnVest Planning Services. “However, CFPs® are required to adhere to the CFP® Board’s standards of professional conduct.
We believe it’s always a good idea to work with someone who has the CFP® designation, which is issued after completing a CFP® Board-approved personal financial planning curriculum, passing a rigorous exam issued by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, meeting experience requirements and passing an ethics and background check.
Recently, there’s been a lot of talk amongst leaders in Washington about how to improve the painful process of repaying student loans. At SoFi, we feel your pain and work hard to offer more flexible, more affordable options for our borrowers. One idea that’s getting a lot of attention is increasing the options for refinancing debt after graduation. The only lender currently focused on refinancing private and federal student loans is SoFi.
We recognized early on that borrowers who have made timely payments on their loans, graduated from school, and have a job should be able to refinance their student loans at a lower interest rate. This may be why, after resuming lending by invitation, the media became increasingly interested in what we are doing.