"Pension Plans Say Thank You Subprime for Return to Overfunded "

The subprime crisis has an unexpected silver lining. The resulting demand for high quality corporate bonds has improved the funding status of corporate pension plans. “The combined pensions of S&P 500 companies swung to a $63 billion surplus in 2007 after five years in the red, according to a May 19 report by Standard & […]

OECD Economic Outlook as a resource for your investment commentary

If you haven’t finished writing your second quarter investment commentary, check out the website of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development for some useful statistics. The OECD publishes its economic outlook twice a year. Its June 2008 outlook predicts weak growth and high inflation. Real GDP growth for the total OECD (see page 2) […]

"101 Five-Minute Fixes to Incrementally Improve Your Web Site"

“Stress benefits. Ensure that your copy always shows users exactly how your site will benefit them.” That’s fix number 4 of “101 Five-Minute Fixes to Incrementally Improve Your Web Site” and it’s a good one. If the people who visit your website don’t find benefits, rather than just features, they’re likely to flee. But fixing […]

Take the rancor out of divvying up an estate

You’ve probably seen family members fight or sulk over the disposition of personal possessions after a loved one passes away. Estate planning and elder law attorney Susan J. Shipley‘s article below describes a website that may reduce the pain. Have you used eDivvyup.com? Please comment on your experience. Web Site Aims to Take the Rancor […]

Podcasts from CFA Institute Annual Conference

The CFA Institute’s Annual Conference in Vancouver attracted record attendance. Now, you can listen to podcasts of some of the speakers, if you’ve paid for a Total Access membership in the CFA Institute. As of May 29, you can listen to: Building a Global Equity Portfolio by Lawrence S. Speidell Prediction Markets: The Collective Knowledge […]