The best financial jokes of 2011

In New York, the Occupy Wall Street people blocked 3 subway stations today. Take that, all you fat cats who ride the subway all day. You’re next, people who use the internet at the public library. – Craig Ferguson

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The Worst Time Of The Year?

For a lot of Americans, this is the worst time of the year.  If you don’t have any money, it can be really hard to hear others go on and on about how good “Santa Claus” was to them this year.

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Markets In Everything: Cheap Seats on Charters

“If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to fly on those fancy private aircraft that rich people use for getaways such as skiing or beach weekends, a new Web-based company in Smyrna, Tennessee aims to put you in the jet set — at prices that rival those of regular airline seats.

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Planning for My Financial Future

I’ve been fortunate over the past few years. I’ve managed to get out of debt, quit my day job to write full time, built substantial savings, and am now able to do what I want when I want. I still work hard, of course, but I do so on my own terms. I’m a lucky man.

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Merry Christmas from the ECB … and Happy New Year from the Federal Reserve!

The $50 billion in renewed currency swap lines at the beginning of December was a nice stocking stuffer for the euro zone. Here’s how it’ll work:

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The Man Who Invented Christmas

In the spirit of the holidays we decided to depart from our normal financial topics to bring you Alex’s inspiring anecdote of Charles Dickens, “The Man Who Invented Christmas.”

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Subs of European insurers could be torpedoed by crisis on the continent

Ratings for Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America and Aviva Life and Annuity Co. have been placed on review with negative implications by A.M. Best Co. Inc. due to their parent companies’ exposure to the eurozone crisis.

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Can We Expect Relief At The Pump Next Year?

To this day I can’t figure out why I hate paying for high gas prices at the pump. It’s not like I can’t afford to pay a little more to fill up. But I keep thinking of how many six-packs I could be buying if only gas prices hadn’t gone up so much this year.

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A Very Scary Christmas And An Incredibly Frightening New Year

Can you hear that?  It almost sounds like a little bit of peace and quiet.  This year, the holiday season has been fairly uneventful, and for that we should be very grateful.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas for Our Weak Economy

Despite glimmers of improvement, the US economy remains lackluster and Washington seems unable to get anything passed to help, even a payroll tax extension that all sides want. Things are worse in Europe.

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