I'm looking for a really good book that describes AIG's collapse, and the reasons for it. Do you have any recommendations?
Alternatively, how can I educate myself on it, besides reading Wikipedia?
Thanks in advance!
posted by monkeyman82
on Feb 17, 2010 -
Is there a financial software program that would be able to break down a company's quarterly or annual financial report so the information would be more understandable for a layman? I am seeking to enter numbers into this software package and have the software analysis the company financial strength.
posted by Mckoan1
on Feb 12, 2010 -
I am trying to get a 200 Hour Yoga Teaching Certification in New York City. I am a social worker already trying to pay off student loans, and all the programs I am looking into cost $1000-$2000. Are there scholarships or financial aid available? I have looked around but have not found any. Thank you so much, I hope to one day teach yoga to teenagers who have trauma, have been homeless or in the foster care system. [more inside]
posted by tessalations999
on Jan 21, 2010 -
Is anyone aware of statistical data that has been gathered on professional visual artists? [more inside]
posted by madred
on Jan 17, 2010 -
What's the best way to save money for the express purpose of later giving it to someone else? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks
on Jan 5, 2010 -
What US brokerage house allows the retail trader/investor, to trade pre-market PRIOR to 7 am ET? [more inside]
posted by shoe478
on Dec 29, 2009 -
My Aunt, Uncle and cousins have never been good with money, and have also never had well paying jobs. My Uncle has just inherited a (low) six-figure sum. Do I try to help them out by offering to build a financial plan for them? [more inside]
posted by RecalcitrantYouth
on Dec 20, 2009 -
StudentLoanFilter: Should I use my student loan money to pay off my last credit card? long-ish explanation of my situation inside. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith
on Oct 27, 2009 -
Major life decisions thrown my way. Feeling totally inept at making a good decision. Any ideas on how to sort it out and get on track? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper
on Sep 24, 2009 -
I use MS Money which is being discontinued by Microsoft. Can you recommend a replacement based on firsthand experience. The obvious is Intuit, but I'm finding mixed reviews on using it for personal finances. I basically want to track spending (downloading bank and credit card data), and to sort and analyze spending for income tax and budgeting purposes.
I don't really care about managing a portfolio with real time data through internet connectivity, nor do I need to make financial investment decisions.
posted by Judyst
on Sep 17, 2009 -
I am looking to find some a financial advisor/service (complication: I'm in Japan) [more inside]
posted by aggienfo
on Sep 17, 2009 -
We are looking for an apartment in NYC Financial District. One bedroom, max. $2,000.
Thanks a lot guys
posted by lumidine
on Aug 31, 2009 -
Can I buy MOTORS LIQ CO (MTLQQ) AKA General Motors stock?
If yes, Would you guys recommend to buy the stock?
Whatever your answer I need to know the reason.
posted by omaralarifi
on Aug 13, 2009 -
Financial fool filter: I'm looking for authoritative online financial information/planning advice [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15
on Jun 16, 2009 -
In MS Money 2007, I am able to open my MS Money 2002 file and everything is great except for one difference that is causing me fits. I like to put all my Bills in the bill section and then I can easily see what the balance is going to be in my account after all those bills go through to make sure I have enough money (Shift+Click), but it seems that starting in MS Money 2006, that functionality was taken away. I am not aware of a way to select multiple bills to see the balance after paying all of them. [more inside]
posted by royalchinook
on May 31, 2009 -
I need to know what my options are for moving this thing, given that I have a negative net worth. Can I roll it into another brokerage-style Rollover IRA at a brokerage firm, not a bank, and avoid the money laundering law stuff? Or am I relegated to Bank IRAs until I'm out of school debt? Do I suck it up and take the $75/month hit until I can start depositing money again (I don't know when that will be), and hope that the investments make up the difference in the long run? I haven't lost as much as most in my portfolio, and I know I have time to make up the losses, the monthly fee just seems like an unnecessary loss I should be able to avoid. [more inside]
posted by blue andrea
on Apr 20, 2009 -
Is it worth it for a foreign parent to squeeze his budget to manage very expensive undergraduate educations for his children in elite American schools? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels
on Apr 17, 2009 -
What should I do if someone has pulled some real identity theft type stuff on me? I'm watching bank accounts, changing passwords, checking for viruses/keyloggers, but what else can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 15, 2009 -
What responsibility does the Bush administration bear for the current financial crisis? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes
on Mar 25, 2009 -
Is there a reputable place (online or otherwise) where I can get a quick emergency loan within the next 10 days for $600 - $900? I have somewhat poor credit. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 20, 2009 -
Are there online financial coaching services—not investment financial planners or debt counselors--for debt-free people fed up with researching every personal money decision? [more inside]
posted by Elsie
on Mar 12, 2009 -
I like the job I have right now, but I have the gut feeling our company is hurting for business. We probably over hired last year, which is painful especially as a small business in this climate. The upside is that I was just offered a new job at different small business.
Because I really enjoy almost everything about my current job, how do I go about asking my current employer how financially stable the company is without looking suspicious? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 1, 2009 -
I'm an Environmental Policy & Planning Major (3rd year). I've been applying to internships over the past weeks for Spring and Summer positions. Great news: I've already been accepted to Greenpeace's "Organizing Term" and I have two other positions I will soon hear a yes/no on for Spring.
Bad News: The Greenpeace Organizing Term program will cost me $4000. The program itself is an intensive mix of activities, virtually on a full-time basis (for 2 months of summer, out of 3), including classroom trainings, expeditions to other states (as well as another country for meeting with other international activists), media trainings, and some readings. All of it is included with the cost (including flight/transport/food for a week).
What to do? (More in the extended explanation): [more inside]
posted by Risiko
on Feb 14, 2009 -
College financial aid question - Here is a question about the best way for my wife and I to fill out the FAFSA... [more inside]
posted by mikedelic
on Feb 4, 2009 -
So, what does the financial and political collapse in Iceland mean for the average citizen? Can anyone give me some anecdotes about how daily life has changed in the past few months? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa
on Jan 27, 2009 -
Is advising a client to write a bad check be considered unethical behavior for a financial advisor? What should our next steps be and who monitors financial advisors' professional actions? As usual, there's more inside... [more inside]
posted by northernlightgardener
on Jan 20, 2009 -
Someone near to me has recently recognised, and begun to address, a serious problem with debt. The debt is not a result of extravagant spending; it seems to stem from persistently bad decisions about consumer credit, and a habit of repaying loans with other loans.
So... once the debt has been consolidated and the credit cards have been destroyed, what measures can this person take to ensure they never, ever get into debt again? Is it possible to voluntarily ban oneself from being offered credit?
The person is in Australia.
posted by anonymous
on Dec 30, 2008 -
If retailers are being hit hard with a recession, then why am I not finding bargains? [more inside]
posted by abdulf
on Nov 14, 2008 -
What actually happens when a company (e.g. AIG) posts additional collateral for a credit default swap (or other financial instrument)?
posted by csw
on Nov 11, 2008 -
Should my savings be in a tax-free ISA or in a normal savings account with higher balance and higher interest? (I'm terrible at accounting maths.) [more inside]
posted by snarfois
on Oct 22, 2008 -
Is it worth it to keep paying my American bills while permanently overseas? Much more after the jump. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul
on Oct 17, 2008 -
I recently inherited about $100k. I'm pretty dumbfounded. This is the largest amount of money I will probably ever have to figure out what do with, so I want to be safe and smart and invest in the long term. I have no debts. I'm 30 years old and single. I know no one has a crystal ball, but what are your best guesses for what I should do with this money in light of our current financial meltdown? (I haven't even deposited the check yet... my bank is Wamu and I wasn't sure if it would fold).
posted by anonymous
on Oct 10, 2008 -
Where can I read the single best arguments for government intervention
to rescue the financial markets and economy, and the single best argument for zero/minimal government intervention
in this current financial crisis?
(Looking for links to articles, blog posts, etc -- not opinions -- from MeFites...)
posted by chefscotticus
on Sep 30, 2008 -
If the credit crisis is caused by falling housing prices and excess housing inventory, why doesn't the government just buy up 2,000,000 houses at an average of $350,000 each ($700,000,000) and hold them until housing values rebound. If you're going to artificially prop up home prices, this seems just as efficient as handing the cash to banks.
posted by Crotalus
on Sep 27, 2008 -
I've tried to be a boyscout in preparations for everything. Oil and water in the car. First Aid and fire retardant in every room. Etc, etc.
I've also tried to be prepared for what many call EOTWAWKI, the End of the World as We Know It. Not in a survivalist way by more in line with common sense. Now, I'm trying to figure out how much further to dive in. [more inside]
posted by damiano99
on Sep 25, 2008 -
divorce-filter: protect friend from his wife financially, her secret bank accounts, hostility, etc [more inside]
posted by evanrodge
on Aug 26, 2008 -