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Pinterest: Why financial bloggers should be pinning their content

Personal finance writers should look to Pinterest as a powerful way to get more traffic, according to one blogger who has had phenomenal success with the platform. Pinterest, said Ruth Soukup of LivingWellSpendingLess.com, is more than a place for crafts, recipes and wedding ideas. “Pinterest is probably the best and fastest way for bloggers in […]

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Why financial bloggers should start podcasting

  Financial bloggers should consider podcasting as a way to stand out, panelists at a national blogging conference advised last week. The encouragement came during a panel of podcasters at FinCon 2014, a financial bloggers conference held Sept. 17 – 20 in New Orleans.   Plus, Apple’s new iOS that rolled out earlier this month […]

Panel of freelance finance bloggers at FinCon14.
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Freelance writing: How to successfully pitch an editor

For freelance writers, pitching stories can be intimidating. What should you say? How many clips should you include? How do you ask for more money? A panel of assignment editors at FinCon 2014 revealed what’s been successful with them.  The advice was offered up Saturday (Sept. 20) at FinCon in New Orleans. FinCon is a national […]

Bloggers at FinCon14 in New Orleans
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Viral business writing: 23 ways to to succeed

Want to get more eyeballs to your stories? Writers and editors on a panel at FinCon 2014 say there are tried and true methods that give your pieces a better chance of going viral. The advice was offered up Friday (Sept. 19) at FinCon in New Orleans. FinCon is a national financial blogger conference that […]

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Fed to keep interest rates low as savers experience continued woe

Well, Wall Street certainly appreciated news from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday that the central bank would refrain from changing its near zero-interest rate policy for a ‘considerable time.’   As the Wall Street Journal reports the Dow Jones industrial average chalked up another record close at 17,156.85. on Wednesday and 17,265.99 Thursday. Investors like low […]

Alibaba orange shopping bags. The company has almost single-handedly turned China into the world’s second-largest e-commerce market. Photo: Bloomberg
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Alibaba’s mega-IPO highlights evolving e-commerce scene

Talk about “party like it’s 1999.”   The upcoming IPO from e-commerce giant Alibaba is going to smash records for initial public offerings at an already sold-out $21.1 billion, according to Reuters, and it brings back memories of the good old days when stock buyers were clamoring for shares of other Internet sellers like Amazon, eBay, […]

FDIC report helps you make local sense of record bank profits
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FDIC report helps you make local sense of record bank profits

A recently released report from the FDIC on quarterly U.S. bank performance contains the nuggets for a variety of stories that reflect your local area’s economy. As Reuters reports, banks earned more than $40 billion in the second quarter of 2014, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Quarterly Banking Profile.  Financial institutions are setting […]

Stock market records mean little to households with no access to market
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Stock market records mean little to households with no access to market

Wall Street chalked up another milestone on Tuesday when the Standard and Poor’s 500 index closed above 2,000 points for the first time ever, buoyed by gains in durable goods orders and higher consumer confidence, as Reuters reports. Those big round numbers are causing the usual buzz in the financial press — the Wall Street […]

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Do $7 billion deals like Citigroup’s really help consumers?

This week’s announcement of a federal government settlement with another major mortgage lender is reviving buzz about the mortgage messes that contributed to the economic meltdown, and might be something you’ll want to use a springboard to consumer stories about the home loan market. The U.S. Department of Justice agreed to end its civil investigations […]