Saturday, March 27, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Banana Museum and its Enduring Appeal

On Tuesday's WSJ front page, my profile of Ken Bannister and the International Banana Club and Museum. Got some cash? The 17,000 banana-themed articles could be yours if you bid quickly!


Be sure not to miss the slideshow! Here's to peel-shaped collars.

Previous hard-hitting journalism on page one: yo-yos, Monopoly, comics, square dancin'.

Tax Season and Proof that New York Isn't #1 for Everything

A taxtastic high five to Houston, Texas, the city with the worst tax procrastination last year.


That 1040 don't get any easier when you wait to file it at the last minute...(Plus, your accountant will hate you.)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Just Checking

In this weekend's Weekend Investor, I take a look at online-based checking accounts.


The thing is, most folks who deal with banks have checking accounts. Yet they're not that sexy of a topic.

But we're nickeled and dimed out of a gazillion dollars every year over all those little fees. Drives me crazy, since we work hard for our moolah and there are better ways to get what you want out of a bank. I get asked about this stuff by friends and family all the time. Read, and bank happy.

PS -- Over on the Juggle, we discuss whether it's worth the hassle to switch.

Monday, March 08, 2010

A Dubious Honor for the Cell Industry

Congrats to cellphone companies and banks, which once again top the list for most-complained about industries of 2009, ousting competition from the accordion and shoelace industries.


Completely consistent with my basket of angry reader emails. Keep em coming!