Written by Dr. Scott Brown, Ph.D.

The communication innovations we have around us today likerepparttar internet, financial newspapers, and special interest television channels focused on investing like CNBC are a high speed pipeline of nonsensical chatter. All these sources of information mean that there is no shortage of media people trying to answer our questions aboutrepparttar 150819 stock market and specific stocks. You have to remember thatrepparttar 150820 news media are constantly competing to survive against other stuff you can watch. If they don’t always sound like they know exactly what is going on then you won’t watch their presentations. If you don’t tune into their show then their ratings go down. If their ratings go down they get fired and their show gets cancelled.

This means that financial journalists are inrepparttar 150821 business of finding great stories and sounding like authorities no matter what. The stock market is a great place for them to dig up news ‘scoops’ to feed torepparttar 150822 public. They don’t really check their facts very well and sometimes not at all. This means that if some insider wants to feed you a line of bull manure then all they have to do is maintain good connections with financial journalists, sponsor an investment show, or outright buy an investing TV channel like Jack Welshrepparttar 150823 CEO of GE did when he set up CNBC. What a great way for inside executives to controlrepparttar 150824 flow of news information torepparttar 150825 public then to actually own one ofrepparttar 150826 only financial news channels…but not so great for you! These journalists also kick uprepparttar 150827 fire by bringing in so-called ‘experts’ to talk about each side of some topic that real experts would not consider important. This just makes it allrepparttar 150828 more confusing forrepparttar 150829 public to understand what is important when buying or selling a stock. Shows on CNBC like ‘Closing Bell’, ‘Kudlow & Company’, and ‘Mad Money’ do nothing but confuse and misdirectrepparttar 150830 attention of most individual investors inrepparttar 150831 public. Even worse this means thatrepparttar 150832 financial news media allows overpriced stocks to be recommended through analysts inrepparttar 150833 inside web that inside executives are dumping onrepparttar 150834 public because they are trying to get out. This actually happened atrepparttar 150835 top ofrepparttar 150836 bull market in 1999. For a great historical description of what happened read Maggie Mahar’s book entitled “Bull.”

Identity Theft – More Tips on How it Can Be Avoided

Written by Charles Essmeier

Recent security breaches at several credit card companies continue to worry Americans, as stolen financial information can lead to identity theft. Identity theft occurs when someone obtains your Social Security number and/or other vital information and uses it to pose as you. By doing so, they can take advantage of your good credit history to open new credit card accounts or obtain loans. They get to spendrepparttar money, but you get to payrepparttar 150818 bills. It often takes a victim a year or more to even detect that he or she has been a victim of ID theft; clearing uprepparttar 150819 mess caused by an identity theft scam can take years and can harm you personal credit report indefinitely.

We have covered a few identity theft tips in previous articles, but here are some more thingsrepparttar 150820 conscientious consumer can do to minimizerepparttar 150821 chances of beingrepparttar 150822 latest victim of an ID theft scammer:

  • When engaged in online banking activity, avoid using short or obvious passwords. Names of children, family pets, favorite sports teams andrepparttar 150823 like are obvious choices and are easily guessed by thieves. Many scammers now use “dictionary attacks” to obtain passwords, which will try every word inrepparttar 150824 dictionary untilrepparttar 150825 password is cracked. If you use a common name or word, you are vulnerable. If you must use words fromrepparttar 150826 English language for passwords, use long ones. “TheNewYorkYankeesTotallyRock” is a better password than “Yankees.” If you can, use a mixture of letters and numbers. Longer is better.

  • Buy a shredder. Keep important documents, of course, but shred

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