Saturday, January 10, 2009

Clark Howard's CNN show is great!

Just a dusting of snow here near Princeton, New Jersey, today. Still haven't had any snow to shovel this winter, the grass is green and the birds are happy. Paradise.

CNN has introduced a few new shows lately. Clark Howard and his new personal finance show are really wonderful. The hour at 12 noon EST Saturdays (on CNN) listening to him answer finance questions is quite fast-paced.

I really like his show! Please comment if you have liked his show, too. He has interesting topics and showed easy ways to save money and had numerous practical financial tips, with great experience and compassion. Really a pro! He has really sound answers to questions phoned in, and it also appears to be a concurrent radio show.

Clark Howard claims to have retired at 30 (or 32)and has enjoyed giving people financial advice since then. He really seems to know a lot, so I would really recommend listening to him. It's very entertaining.

He's likely influential having such a wide audience on CNN. He recommended in an interview a couple of hours earlier that in these times of crisis, we should pay off credit card debt every month, something he claims only 10% of Americans actually do and that we are hearing a lot of these days. More importantly, he says that if we need to eat and can't pay our credit card off, we should let it lapse and let health insurance lapse as well and share housing, because we must eat. He would appear to be closer to a pulse of need in America than much of his "competition".

Jim Cramer on CNBC, whom I have watch many days a week, has stock tips and macro news and views and is rather highbrowed in comparison. Jim is a genius, old-money and Harvard, notwithstanding his occasional assertions of sleeping in a car in his early twenties. Clark Howard is better than alternatives Carmen Wong Ulrich (yuck) and Suze Orman (over-exposed and aggressive and snarky). I hope Clark gets more press. He is good. He also seems like a nice guy. What do you think?

Here is a link to his website.

Here's his bio.

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