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Archive for February, 2009

Patricia on Squawk Box

Thursday, February 26th, 2009


The Looming Credit Card Crisis and a Call to Arms

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The American Express ‘invitation’ (I wrote about yesterday) to, as they said, “a relatively small number of card members who have sizable balances and little spending and payment activity” may just be the tip of the iceberg.Why are they doing this?It is not out of the goodness of their heart.It is very likely because when they see a large balance with only minimal monthly payments and no new purchases, they are probably rightly concerned that the borrower may have fallen on hard times and may soon be unable to make the monthly payments.If that happens, then the credit card obligation which is currently an asset on the balance sheet will become a bad debt.So it seems to me that American Express is trying right now to strengthen its own balance sheet, and that is fine. But what is important for credit card holders is that you take care of YOUR OWN balance sheet.What the banks devise as their solution is not necessarily the best solution for you.

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American Express Cardholders Beware!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Some of you may have received an ‘invitation’ from American Express over the last week or so to pay off your entire account balance and to close your account, and in return you will receive a $300 prepaid gift card.

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Is There Hope Despite a Disappointing Stimulus Package?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

The stimulus package is a real disappointment because it could have provided a serious punch to shock the economy into action. Instead it is a typical – albeit much bigger than normal – spending bill, which means it is has more than the normal amount of pork and less of the incentives needed to stimulate capital investment, jobs and profits. But frankly, given the dismal state of the economy, I’ll take any spending in almost any form at this time – yes, even pork – provided it is done soon and in a big way. The economy can’t wait much longer.

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Patricia on CNBC’s Squawk Box

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009


The Next Shoe to Drop

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Watching yesterday parts of the House Financial Services Committee interrogation of the CEOs of the major banks and brokerage firms, I found myself fluctuating between being exasperated and bored It was reminiscent of so many other similar hearings – Congress educating itself after the fact. It was patently clear that our Government leaders did not understand the repercussions of their own political motives in contributing to the housing crisis they themselves fostered over the last twenty years.

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401(k) Alert – Employees, Beware!

Monday, February 9th, 2009

While the headlines in the media are all about the stimulus bill coming out of Congress and the Treasury’s bailout plan, there has been little media attention being drawn to a disturbing and growing phenomenon that is seriously impacting the potential retirement savings for employees, namely, the cutback in the corporate match for employee 401(k) plans.

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Patricia Chadwick on Market Outlook

Thursday, February 5th, 2009


Super Bowl Recession Reprieve in Tampa? Not Really!

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

On Saturday morning, I flew from Phoenix to Tampa.Not surprisingly, the plane was full of boisterous and friendly Cardinals fans on their way to the Super Bowl. “Go Cards” was the mantra – from the USAir attendant assisting the boarding process to the flight attendant on the plane to the pilot when we landed.I was a disinterested party, simply trying to get from a business meeting in Arizona to a short visit with my mother in Siesta Key, Florida.As a Patriots fan; I kept my allegiance to myself.

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