Author Archives: Tim Hale

The Invaluable Information in Your Social Security Benefit Statement

The Social Security Administration likes celebrating your birthday. Well, every five years anyway. This is how often you could be receiving Your Social Security Statement, a document that in the past you may have accidentally tossed in the recycling bin. Last month I studied my statement more closely and have found it to be an invaluable financial planning resource for me and my family. Here’s a breakdown of each section and contents which you may also find helpful. Read More

5 Most-Watched Videos of 2014

In 2014 at Zions Direct TV we continued to publish original, financial education videos at a steady clip, surpassing 600 total videos posted with over 6 million views. We launched a collection of videos from the Finovate Conference held in April and September of 2014, spotlighting over 75 financial technology startups, as well as a captivating discussion from the Clayton Christensen Institute about the influence of disruptive innovations across a range of industries. Please take a few minutes to browse these videos and more at Read More

How “Tweeter” Rose 1,800%

Imagine you hear about an initial public offering, or IPO, for a company stock that you think is going to be really hot. Trading starts and you immediately hop in and pick up a big chunk of shares. The stock soars and you are ecstatic that your market prowess has paid off as the price rapidly doubles or even triples in value. But to your horror, you purchased the shares for the wrong stock, and just as you realize this the stock completely tanks. How did this happen? Read More

This is Your Brain on Market Bubbles

Historically, market bubbles, the inflation of asset prices above reasonable values, have been extremely difficult to forecast. Looking to the future, could there be factors that we can observe to help us understand how these bubbles escalate? Read More

Top 10 Videos of 2013

Keeping with our holiday tradition, we’re happy to announce the top 10 Zions Direct TV videos of 2013 as selected by you, our viewers. This year we broadened the reach of our field stories as we ventured off to the east and west coasts to capture interesting stories in communities large and small. Read More

Has Bond Investing Lost Its Appeal?

When the financial crisis hit in 2008, yields rose as uncertainty gripped financial markets. Five years later, with interest rates kept low by the Federal Reserve in order to hopefully boost economic growth and employment, bond yields have fallen. Ten and thirty year US treasuries are at 2.19% and 3.35%, respectively. Read More