Here at the SB50 Countdown blog, we are all about public service. Thus, with the holiday gifting season upon us, I thought this would be the perfect time to provide a list of potential Super Bowl 50 themed gifts. This includes everything from tickets to officially licensed tee shirts to Bill Belichick hoodie bobbleheads (not really) to many other fine trinkets. An Official Super Bowl 50 Christmas Tree Seat Replica Ornament! Like most such lists, I’ll break down the gifts by price category, from most to least expensive: $100,000 And UpThe evil and dastardly Levi’s Stadium–if you’re a 49ers fan, anyway. SUPER BOWL 50 LUXURY SUITE: Hey, you might not be one of those people willing to dish out the six-figure amount it would take to occupy one of these in Santa Clara on February 7 — in fact, there is no actual quoted price — but the official Levi’s Stadium website says that if you are interested, you can … [Read more...] about Super Bowl 50 Countdown — 11 Weeks To Go: A Suggested Shopping List for SB50-Related Holiday Gifts
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Last Updated Aug 11, 2009 3:59 PM EDT BP is ponying up $10 million for a partnership with Martek Biosciences to study the use of algae to convert sugar into biodiesel. BP isn't the only oil major -- or government agency -- to show an interest in the prospect of commercially viable algal-based fuels. Just last month ExxonMobil committed $600 million in a partnership with Synthetic Genomics to develop next-generation biofuels from algae. [For a complete list of algae deals check out Earth2Tech's nifty chart] But this deal is different in one significant way: Martek uses fermentation technology, unlike other companies that use energy from sunlight to grow algae. The investment numbers are small compared to the oil giant's overall capital expenditure budget. BP invested $1.4 billion in alternative energy in 2008 and as the Financial Times notes, that number has dropped to between $500 million and $1 billion this year. But the partnership is compelling because BP obviously sees some … [Read more...] about BP Ponies Up $10M For Algae Biofuels in Martek Deal
(MoneyWatch) On April 10, Apple's (AAPL) stock hit an all-time high of $644. Roughly a decade earlier, it traded at under $13. That's a price increase of about 50 times. The meteoric rise has resulted in Apple now having the largest market capitalization of any stock, approaching 5 percent of the total market. Watching or reading the financial news, you persistently hear that Apple is a must-own stock, sure to be the first stock with a market cap of $1 trillion. And we're hearing the same type noise about Facebook, which is scheduled to go public next month. One of my favorite sayings is that there's nothing new in investing -- just the investment history you don't know. So here's today's history lesson. Once upon a time, there was a group of "one-decision" stocks known as the "Nifty Fifty." You just had to buy and hold them (hence the term "one-decision"). Although there was no formal list, typically included were companies that dominated their industries in ways similar to … [Read more...] about Why you shouldn’t load up on Apple and Facebook
Last Updated Nov 6, 2009 12:56 PM EST Every few months an interest rate dip will set off a new refinancing fever, as consumers wisely rush to lock in historically low rates while they have the chance. Refinancing can be a brilliant way to save thousands of dollars on your home mortgage, but you need to watch one thing (in addition to the mortgage interest rate) if you do: fees. Any time you launch a refinance loan, you're going to get something called a "good faith estimate" of the closing costs. These costs include loan origination fees (often called "points"), as well as the cost of appraisals, title insurance, credit reports and the like. These fees can add thousands of dollars to the cost of your mortgage and they're negotiable. You heard that right. Few people realize it, but only a handful of the long laundry list of fees on that statement are set in stone. You can save hundreds of dollars by determining which services can be shopped around and which fees can be negotiated. … [Read more...] about Refi Ripoffs: How to Cut Bank Fees
Cover Stories Enlarge this image Kristen Uroda for NPR; Reference: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Kristen Uroda for NPR; Reference: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images There was no such thing as Classic Rock in 1976 — the phrase, and the radio format it inspired, wouldn't come into common usage until the mid-1980s. But there was already some notion of a rock and roll canon, a list of key albums that FM listeners needed to have in their collection. At the start of 1976, Bob Seger had zero albums on that list. Twelve months later, he had two: Live Bullet, the double LP documenting some blistering hometown sets at Detroit's Cobo Hall, and Night Moves, his first platinum album, whose title single would peak at No. 4 as 1977 began. His next record, 1978's Stranger in Town, would go platinum within a month. I bought all three at once that year, because they were the ones Columbia House offered. But I knew there were others. As a budding, 13-year-old music … [Read more...] about Where Have All The Bob Seger Albums Gone?