Jun 18, 2013 — Mike Smith has thousands of dollars stashed around his house in different accounts. Tamara Bullock is part of an informal savings club. Miguel Rada has a whole bank in his pocket — he takes deposits from some people and lends to others.
Jun 14, 2013 — Thomas Peterffy's life story includes a typing robot, a proto-iPad, and a vast fortune he amassed as one of the first people to use computers in financial markets.
Jun 14, 2013 — An ex-con lends money to people in need; a group of friends creates a savings club. Even without banks, people often figure out how to get the money they need, when they need it.
May 20, 2013 — Should banks be required to hold much more capital as a safety net? Just kidding, banks don't hold capital!
Apr 15, 2013 — The main skills required are attention to detail, cheerful obedience, and the ability to add two-digit numbers in your head. Also, it helps to like finance.
Mar 25, 2013 — A reader who just re-financed his mortgage asks: Why are so many people willing to lend huge amounts of money at such low interest rates?
Mar 19, 2013 — On today's show: Why did the world freak out over the Cyprus bailout?
Mar 18, 2013 — A bailout in Cyprus provides an unsettling, potentially dangerous reminder: The bank doesn't really have your money.
Mar 12, 2013 — Despite all the celebration, the Dow Jones industrial average has not hit record highs recently. If you adjust for inflation, the highs just aren't as high as they seem. On today's show, we rain on the Dow's parade and explain why a lot of very smart people say we should ignore the Dow.
Mar 5, 2013 — After adjusting for inflation, the Dow is still below its earlier peaks. (Also: The Dow is a pretty random measure of the market.)