Everything You Need to Know about Using Credit Card Bonuses for Free Travel

The sign-up bonus is the life blood for a growing population of American travelers. They scour the web looking for the best credit cards with sign up bonuses.

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The Mid-term Election Year Cycle: Redux

Many hang their hat on old Wall Street sayings like “As goes the first week of January so goes January” or “As goes January so goes the year”.  Another Wall Street rule of thumb  is the “Mid-year election year” cycle.

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MasterCard Benefits From the Global Shift in Commerce

I’m not talking about the sentimental stuff that we should all be thankful for in our lives, but the quintessential year in review. Everybody does it – from radio stations to cable television – we look back at the best and the worst of the past year. The financial world does it, too.

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General Electric makes major move into banking with MetLife deal

GE’s finance unit will acquire about $7.5 billion of MetLife Bank’s deposits, the New York-based insurer said today in a statement. Terms of the transaction, to be completed in the second quarter, weren’t disclosed.

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As Obama Dithers, Our Big Banks Grow Politically Stronger

A fair comparison can be made between the oil and railroad trusts of the 19th century and the megabanks of today. Both ride roughshod over legal niceties. And both have Washington protecting their backs.

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The Obama Nation: Even More Debt And Even More Store Closings

Well, it is time to raise the debt ceiling again.  Right now we are about to hit the current limit of $15.194 trillion and the Obama administration is going to ask that it be raised by another 1.2 trillion dollars.

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Franklin Roosevelt’s 1936 Address

ON THE eve of a national election, it is well for us to stop for a moment and analyze calmly and without prejudice the effect on our Nation of a victory by either of the major political parties.

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How to Benefit From Higher Gas Prices in 2012

Yesterday, as I do just about every week, I filled my truck’s gas tank. As I watched the digits tick by on the pump (which finally stopped at $70.04), I winced, and pined for my all-electric vehicle.

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Gearing up for another great year!

With 2012 right around the corner, I want to talk about some simple steps you can take right now — or in the New Year — to greatly improve your financial life.

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The Night That Mama Cried While Angels Sang

It was the year 1968. That year was an exceptionally hard year in every way. Pop was laid off due to too much snow in the woods. He was a logger. Roads were impassable and snow lay thick in the mountains. We knew there would be no Christmas.

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