Hassles of Debit Card Fraud

Written by Maksim. Posted in Economic, Financial Planning

I am always very careful with the websites I visit, or merchants with whom I shop.  I never click on links in emails from people  do not know. This is why I was shocked when I was trying to make a purchase for about a few dollars on a business debit card I use for certain expenses which was declined.

Quickly logged in online and to my surprise, there were transactions from merchants I have never heard of, for amounts I never made purchases for.  They ranged from $.75 to $700+.  A quick call to the bank and got confirmation that my card was blocked due to multiple transactions from Spain. I have become a victim of debit card fraud.

Unfortunately not even the bank knows who got my debit card info, however any card swipe, the merchant has access to all the info they need to make the charge, the card number, card holder name,  the security code, expiration date, and even the pin if you used the cad as debit.

Cards get stolen, information gets lost.  Then…. it gets sold to the highest bidder overseas.

15 Signs the Economy is in Serious Trouble

Written by Maksim. Posted in Economic

There was a great article that I ran across.  I think one of the most valuable ways of staying ahead of the game and keep on target is to obviously prepare for the worst.  As such, it is necessary to look at all points of views, and all signs, be it positive or negatively, and then with that information, to challenge your own position.

You can read the full article at the link below.

ETF Daily News


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The World Did Not End, New Taxes Coming

Written by Maksim. Posted in Economic, Financial Planning

December 21st, 2012 is here and the world did not end. (I will eat crow if something does happen before midnight.)  While everyone’s focus is on whatever garbage the media is discussing on the news now, there are some very real changes coming to impact you one way or another on Jan 1st.

The good news is, people are aware of the fiscal cliff, the agreed upon tax increases and spending cuts Democrats and Republicans agreed on earlier in the year in case they could not get a budget done.  The bad news is… politicians are so stuck in their ways, particularly the democrats who feel they need to stick it to the wealthy people and increase their taxes.  The reality is, even if the taxes on the top 2% were raised to 100%, ie, all of their earnings would go to the government, it would only run the government for 91 days.  The tax increases the president and democratic senators are making a big fuss about are only going to run the government for a few days.  The real issue is spending.  Here is another one of those factoids with which to impress your coworkers, in 1913, only 1% of the population paid taxes, and the top tax rate was 7%.

So what is this Obamacare really about?

Written by Maksim. Posted in Economic, Healthcare

This week, the United States Supreme Court rendered a decision on President Obama’s health bill.  Having my mother ask me about it, I knew it was a big deal.  Having discussed the insurance industry and Obamacare with people on an individual basis, I now want to take the opportunity and put thoughts to paper blog post so that anyone would be able to see my insights on this and partake in the discussion.

While the entire bill is thousands of pages, the largest issue by far is the individual mandate and establishment of individual insurance exchanges.  This specific issue is also the one on which the success of this bill hinges on.

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