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Are You Pro-Business or Pro-Worker? Why is That?

I often think back to my teenage jobs and wonder how those experiences translated into my current outlook on work, business, capitalism and life in general.  One theme I used to encounter frequently as a low-wage unskilled worker was the plight of the business owner vs. the plight of the worker.  I recall being surrounded […]

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The SEC Likes Porn in the Office – Share Your Ridiculous Work Stories

Why doesn’t it surprise me that the SEC ignored Bernie Madoff?  They were too busy looking at PORN!?! According to this outrageous report, the practice is pretty pervasive at the Securities and Exchange Commission – and the consequences aren’t always very stern. This reminds me of some stories I’d heard about employees engaged in rather […]

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Is it Wrong to Hedge Your Own Company’s Shares?

Last year I wrote a somewhat controversial article on how to sell call options against your underlying company stock option grants or restricted stock grants in order to hedge against a potential decline while forfeiting massive upside should the shares take off (see How Options Work if this is Greek to you).  The comments ranged […]

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How Did Childhood Jobs Influence Your Current Financial Situation?

My wife and I were talking about teaching our kids about money the other day and she mentioned how entrepreneurial our 5 year old seems.  I haven’t really started to talk to the kids about money too much other than the piggybank 50/50 save/spend thing which will eventually become a bit more structured.  However, this […]

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Your Wife’s a Gold-Digger – Is She Evil or Just a Forward Thinking Strategist?

The term gold-digger immediately elicits a pronounced response: revulsion.  A woman who latches onto a guy (usually; other scenarios apply of course) solely due to his existing or perceived future wealth.  Regardless of what she thinks of this man as a person, she has one focus – money.  Well, what about a “rational/moderate gold-digger”? photo […]

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10 Highest Paying Degrees 2011 – Best Majors in Demand Now

The top 10 highest paying majors numbers are out from the National Association of Colleges and Employers and it’s a very interesting mix.  The top slots are all very similar to the highest paying majors from the 2009 salary survey with some minor annual increases.  The bottom of the list changed a bit.  What I […]

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Rethinking the College Investment

Kids entering your life? It’s never too early to start planning, we’re told. When a seven pound bundle comes through the front door with enough equipment to fill the room that used to be your office, all of a sudden planning becomes less of an option and more of a requirement. For the last couple […]

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How Much Could You Reduce Your Budget if You Get Laid Off?

In this economy, even if you think your job is safe, you’ve gotta at least have in the back of your mind, “What are some immediate steps we could take to dramatically reduce our monthly expenditures in the event of a layoff?”.  While many companies offer severance for several months, there’s no guarantee that you’ll […]

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Do People Who Speak Up Have Better Financial Outcomes in Life?

We were out to dinner Saturday night and we ordered the nachos as an appetizer at the same time as our kids’ dinner selection.  Several minutes later we placed our dinner orders (parents’ orders that is).  In fact, we always INTENTIONALLY refuse to place our dinner order with an appetizer order to avoid having our […]

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