Nelson Mandela is one of the few individuals who single-handedly changed the course of human history in a profound way. Unlike other famous leaders, such as Genghis Khan, Hitler or Napoleon, he altered the course of our nation (I’m South African) by eschewing all the traditional political weapons of mass destruction: revolt, violence and revenge. [...]
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This hard-charging stock market — up more than 23 percent for the first ten months of 2013 — has me regularly cautioning about the riskiness of what may be inflated prices. I think it’s an important message under the circumstances, but it’s hardly the last word about financial risk.
While the devastating impact of stocks falling [...]
Don’t worry — this article isn’t going to be as cynical as that title may sound. I don’t even think my sentiments are especially materialistic. However, I do think handling money the right way is one of the most important things one can do for one’s family, and thinking of it that way sets me [...]
We will be welcoming our first child in less than a week. We started having a lot of conversations about starting a family a couple of years ago and have been preparing for it, including moving from dual incomes to one. It has been a roller coaster ride for us — emotionally, mentally, financially and [...]
Philosophers, op-ed writers and other big thinkers are among the many folks always scouring for linkages between seemingly disparate trends and occurrences.
Want a few examples? Well, there’s the link between the need for World War II defense workers and the post-war emergence of the film noir femme fatale. There’s the connection between choosing zero percent APR credit [...]
There are two categories of tasks that keep the financial machine running smoothly — essential tasks and beneficial tasks. Most people recognize the essential tasks as something they should do at least once a year: Open or review your retirement account, re-balance your portfolio, review your insurance needs, etc.
But somehow the beneficial tasks don’t seem to get the [...]
If you didn’t hear the news, the America’s Cup was run in San Francisco recently.
What it isn’t
The way the sailboaters and media make it sound, the America’s Cup pits one nation’s best against the best of another nation to determine who’s the champion of the world. That, as it turns out, is not exactly the truth. [...]
Over the course of a long life, an individual’s financial affairs can become exceptionally complicated. He or she has likely assembled a portfolio of savings, stocks and bonds, life insurance policies, real estate holdings and other assets.
If a savvy money manager, the person has sought out the best credit cards and the best savings accounts, [...]
This post is by staff writer William Cowie.
Are you curious to know how Warren Buffett succeeded so spectacularly at his investing? I am, so I’m working my way through his (thick) authorized biography. If there’s anything that matches his investing prowess, it’s his readiness to share his secrets with all who are interested. By now [...]
This post is from staff writer Richard Barrington.
It would be understandable if today’s 30-somethings feel they were born too late to take advantage of financial opportunities available to previous generations. However, the way the interest rate cycle is playing out, financially responsible 30-somethings might find things falling very much in their [...]
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