Author: Ann Logue

Ann Logue is a freelance writer and consulting analyst who is fascinated by business and technology. She has a particular interest in regulatory issues and corporate governance. She is the author of "Emerging Markets for Dummies" (Wiley 2011), “Socially Responsible Investing for Dummies” (Wiley 2009), “Day Trading for Dummies” (Wiley 2007), and “Hedge Funds for Dummies” (Wiley 2006), and has written for Barron’s, Institutional Investor, and Newsweek Japan, among other publications. As an editor and ghostwriter, she worked on a book published by the International Monetary Fund and another by a Wall Street currency strategiest. She is a lecturer in finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her current career follows 12 years of experience as an investment analyst. She holds a B.A. from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. How's that for deathly dull?

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: “Leo Fender: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World”

Still looking for a holiday present or a good read? Here you go! Leo Fender: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World. Leo Fender invented...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: “The Canadaland Guide to Canada”

July 1 is Canada Day. This year, our neighbors to the north are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the confederation of different British...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: My Fitbit Addiction

I’m one of those people with a Fitbit addiction. I am obsessed with getting my 10,000 steps in. I love it, even if it lulled me into...

currency

Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: Economics for Fake Billionaires — Currency Valuation Edition

Vanity Fair reports that America’s favorite short-fingered vulgarian doesn’t know whether a strong dollar is the good thing to...

Numbercruncher

Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: Save Money with “Pogue’s Basics: Money”

In December, a client – a major financial institution – asked me to write a post on ways that someone could save $18,000 in the...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music

Album Review: Orthophonic Joy – The 1927 Bristol Sessions

Before there was rock, there was country. And before there was country, there was an ad placed in the Bristol Herald Courier on Sunday,...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Buena Vista Social Club, “Lost and Found”

In 1997, Ry Cooder worked with World Circuit, a record label based in London, to record some of Cuba’s great musicians. The idea was to...

Dadnabbit, Music

Baby-Having Music: The Rockabye Baby Series

I was raised in the era of Beautiful Music, a radio format more commonly known as Muzak (although the company programmed other formats, and...

Book Reviews, Books

BOOK REVIEW: Chrissie Hynde, “Reckless: My Life as a Pretender”

I’m a Pretenders fangirl, not an objective reviewer. Like Chrissie Hynde, I grew up in Northeast Ohio. I was in high school when...

Television

Streaming Review: Sewing Hope

Sewing Hope is a documentary about the St. Monica Girls Training School and Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe. With locations in Gulu and Atiak,...

Album Reviews, Music

CD Review: Angelique Kidjo, “Eve”

Angelique Kidjo does not like being placed in the “world music” ghetto. She believes that all music belongs to the world and...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: “Nailed! The Improbable Rise and Spectacular Fall of Lenny Dykstra”

Nailed!: The Improbable Rise and Spectacular Fall of Lenny Dykstra is a tragedy, but it is not a particularly novel one. It’s about...

Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: Of Course, Mitt Romney Lies!

It’s a given: Mitt Romney has issues with the truth. I think it’s cultural. People in business learn to lie, and in the...

Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: Who Built What, When?

The 2012 Republican Convention’s theme for Tuesday, August 28 is “We Built It,” a riff on an unfortunate comment by...

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Consumerism

Consumerism: Industrial Movies and the Ford Rouge Tour

Troy McClure made the industrial film a legend. In his brief life, Troy narrated such films as “Lead Paint: Delicious but...

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Consumerism

Consumerism: The Graceland Mansion Tour

Memphis has a lot of attractions for music fans, all of which seem to exist to help people fill up a weekend and spend lots of money. Only...

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Consumerism

Consumerism: The Motown Tour

Berry Gordy, Jr. served in Korea, returned to Detroit, got a job at Ford, and started writing songs for his friend Jackie Wilson. Gordy...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher, Popdose

Numberscruncher: Billy Ray Cyrus Regrets

It’s really hard to say what’s right and wrong when raising kids. There is so much that’s weird and random about life...

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Music, Popdose, The Weekly Mixtape

The Friday Mixtape: 4/29/2011

I’m a reluctant runner. Actually, I hate running. I run nonetheless because it is an efficient way to exercise, and I survive thanks...

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Consumerism

Consumerism: Austintown and Fitch

It seems strange that the purveyors of sexy clothes for relatively upmarket teenagers would want to be associated with a relatively...

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Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: Kickstart My Record

Musicians and writers used to be able to rely on record companies and publishers for advances, but those are smaller and harder for mere...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: The Long Tail and The Big Head

The shift to electronic media not only means that fewer CDs and paperbacks will end up in thrift shops, but it also means that we can...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: Burn This Koran

Nothing makes clear the sorry state of civics education in the United States than all of the kerfuffle over mosques and Korans. Here’s...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: Music, Books, and Liz Phair

I admit it. I’m one of the people who loved Liz Phair in the early days and who is confused by the choices she has made. It’s an old...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: Mass, Class, and the Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks are one of the great sports turnaround stories. Yeah, they won the Stanley Cup, and we’re all happy about that...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: Mothers, Moms, Politics, and Palin

Although I have given birth, I don’t particularly like being identified as a mother. Even worse, I hate being called “a mom” by...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Valgeir Sigurdsson, “Draumalandid (Dreamland)”

Draumalandid is part of a full-on multimedia expose of Alcoa’s aluminum smelters in Reydarfjordur, Iceland. The company’s first plant...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: The Blagojevich Family Clothing Budget

People who give personal finance advice tend to give the same advice over and over. That’s because it works. And one of the most basic...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: WaMu Scandal’s Legacy Is a Terrible Song Parody

Whenever there’s a corporate scandal, there is going to be an example of ridiculous excess. You can count on it. This time, the excess...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: Poland, Plane Crashes, and Risk

Over the weekend, the president of Poland died in a plane crash that also killed many of the top officials of the Polish government, in a...