For some reason, publicists still think it's a great idea to submit "articles" for publication that are "written" by their clients. Perhaps they envision a world of small-town, weekly papers run by simple folk who just don't know how to fill their empty pages: "The square dance report is running short this week, Ma. What're we gonna put on page 6?" "Well, by gum, let's run that free article on dog-grooming tips from Hartz Mountain!" PR agents seem to believe that readers will see these important articles and then think more fondly of their clients.
Maybe not so much with this article, submitted to us by TMGpr on Madison Avenue: "Top 5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Finances" from Personal Finance Expert Dara Duguay. Ms. Duguay works in Citi's Office of Financial Education. That would be Citigroup, which according to the New York Times, is "one of the biggest recipients of taxpayer money," having taken in $45 billion in government bailout funds in the current financial crisis. The government is also covering 90 percent of the losses on $306 billion in toxic securities after Citigroup absorbed the first $29 billion of losses.
So, do you really want to take Citi's financial advice regarding your money? Yeahhhh.... well, if you do, it's available after the jump.