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Entries by Richard Barrington from 12/2011

How to Beat Pessimism, Boost Savings

| Posted 12.01.2011 | Business

Did pessimism about the future influence people to abandon the hope of saving for retirement, or did a lack of savings lead to the pessimism? One clue may be in the fact that people over 55 are even more gloomy about the future of the economy than the general population.

Better Than a Red Ryder BB Gun: 5 Gifts for World Leaders

| Posted 12.01.2011 | Business

As 2011 closes, world leaders could surely use a few gifts. Here are five presents that, if delivered, would probably be their all-time best -- regardless of whether they ever found a BB gun under the tree.

5 Ways to Improve Your Budget in 2012

| Posted 12.06.2011 | Business

If you've had a tough time controlling your spending in the past, there are good reasons why things could be different in 2012.

When Banks Compete, Could Savings Account Win?

| Posted 12.06.2011 | Business

If this new spirit of competitiveness among banks leads them to expand the loan market, it could stimulate the economy and eventually lead to higher interest rates on savings accounts, CDs, and money market accounts.

It's (Still) A Wonderful Life: A Remake

| Posted 12.09.2011 | Business

With remakes being so popular in Hollywood, and with banks being so much in the news this year, it begs the question: Could this film be adapted for today's banking environment?

Bank Outlook 2012: Six Trends to Watch

| Posted 12.21.2011 | Business

Will customers be treated to higher deposit or higher fees? Or will a wild card such as technology dominate banking news in 2012?