3 Lessons I Learned from the Greek Riots and Market Panic

The World is a Very Small Place As the New York Times so eloquently envisioned in the Web of Debt infographic, as Greece goes, so does the rest of Europe due to the incestuous relationships of virtually every large bank.  And lest we don’t forget, much of Europe, and the rest of the world for […]

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Is Putting in a Swimming Pool Worth It?

It’s that time of year again where the weather’s getting nice and the pool parties are starting.  We just went to our first one of the year and as always, my wife says, “Boy the kids would love a pool.  We have the room.  Would it be crazy if we did a pool?”  In years […]

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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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Book Review: Enjoy Your Money

Enjoy Your Money by Steve Miller is a pretty neat book targeted especially toward the young and inexperienced when it comes to personal finances, investing and basically, life management.  While many blogs and books cater to either people with broader experience or those who think they’re more sophisticated when perhaps they’re not, this book does […]

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The Hidden Cost of Staying Home with the Kids

Whether or not to stay home instead of working often comes down to money.  Often times it doesn’t, and mom would really just rather be working, but for many families, mom would love to stay home but the numbers don’t work for varying reasons and they go back to work after maternity leave is up. […]

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Should I Use the Energy Tax Credit for a New Central Air Unit?

Since I’m always looking to make sound investments with a favorable return on investment to optimize our family’s cash flow, I’ve been considering having a new Central Air unit installed.  There’s an energy tax credit (IRS Link) that expires at the end of this year that allows for a full 30% credit on the purchase […]

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Wish You Invested in the Success of Avatar? Now You Can with Movie Futures Investing

Have you ever just known a much-vaunted movie was going to be a stinker?  Or you picked a gem that turned out to be a huge hit?  Well, now you get a chance to be an industry executive and profit from your wisdom.  In a similar vein to yesterday’s post on How to Invest in […]

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How to Invest in Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

The saying “It takes money to make money” seems to manifest itself at every corner.  If you want to become a landlord and exploit the leverage and interest deductions allowed while having someone else pay your rent, you need money for a sizable down payment (unless you fall for the scammy infomercials touting the guy […]

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Weekend Reading: Hello iPad Edition

This week’s Best in Money and Investing edition coincides with the launch of the iPad which probably made Tiger Woods happy (a little less press for his debut).  While some analysts were literally pulling numbers out of their butts touting 700,000 units on opening day, it was more like half that sold.  Nonetheless, Apple shares […]

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