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Passwords, Rates, Movies, and a Blog Vacation

Password Quote of the Day: “Passwords are like underwear: you don’t let people see it, you should change it very often, and you shouldn’t share it with strangers.” Today in Economic History: It was on this day in 1896 that the first movie theater in the US opened and charged .10 cents for admission. (*I […]

Salad Days, Low Rates, and Expensive Homes!

Salad Quote of the Day: “You don’t win friends with a salad.” – Homer Simpson  Wuss’up This Week: Every day reports about our economy are released into the wild, and it’s these reports that can sway interest rates in either direction. Today we’ve got the FOMC Decision, tomorrow Weekly Jobless Claims (expected: 220k), and on […]

Machines, Low Rates, and Edible Legos!

Machine Quote of the Day: “We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams.” Did’ja Know: Checks are only instructions for banks. Therefore a check can be written on anything (gum wrappers, toilet paper, cereal boxes, Post-it notes, pets you don’t want anymore, trees, […]

Rock ‘n Roll, Rates, & Restaurants

Rock ‘n Roll Quote of the Day: “Rock ‘n’ roll might not solve your problems but it does let you dance all over them.” – Pete Townshend. This Week in Economic History: It was on June 6th, 1934 that President Roosevelt signed the Securities Exchange Act which implemented rules and regulations on the notoriously corrupt […]

Avocados, Rates, and Mistakes

Mistake Quote of the Day: “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde Today in Economic History: It was on this day in 1932 that thousands of unemployed veterans, given the name the Bonus Army, arrived in Washington to demand their cash bonuses 13 years before they were scheduled to receive […]

Hostages, Low Rates, and Avocados!

Hostage Quote of the Day: “You can’t let your past hold your future hostage.” – LL Cool J Did’ja Know: The most counterfeited denomination of money is the $20 bill. In foreign countries it’s our $100 bill. And while we are on the topic of counterfeiting you might find the Coinage Act of 1972 interesting […]

Standing, Climbing Rates, and Jumping Dogs

Standing Quote of the Day: “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” – Rabindranath Tagore This Week in Economic History: It was on May 4th, 1932 Chicago Mob boss Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in Alcatraz prison for… failing to pay his taxes. Wuss’up This Week: Every […]

Cheese, Hockey, Rates Climbing

Cheese Quote of the Day: “Fettuccini alfredo is macaroni and cheese for adults.” – Mitch Hedberg This Week in Economic History: It was on April 22nd, 1889 that cannons sounded at exactly 12:00 noon. This was the signal to let thousands of settlers rush into what is now Oklahoma to claim cheap land previously set […]