Monthly Archives: October 2015

Need Cash and Can’t Find Your Bank? It’ll Cost You

Are you a sucker? Do you want to be separated from more and more of your money? If you’re on the way to the bank to get cash and I say to you, “brother can you spare a five?,” do you happily hand it over? Are you a bank customer who is just waiting to…

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What I’m Reading: Who Was Jack Kemp? New biography details the life of “bleeding heart conservative.”

Jack Kemp, a U.S. Congressman, a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary and one of the authors of the Reaganite supply side revolution of the 1980s, was the most important politician not elected president in the 20th century, the authors of this new work claim. So begins this interesting biography–“Jack Kemp: The Bleeding Heart Conservative…

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You Could Be Ripped Off and Not Even Know It

The greatest con is the one in which the person who is scammed doesn’t even know it happened. He or she may know someone or something has fleeced him, but the person hasn’t a clue how it happened. For example, in the closing scenes of the wonderful movie “The Sting”—-the Scott Joplin music alone makes…

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The Lessons that Baseball Can Teach Us

Little things can mean a lot in baseball as well in achieving many of life’s goals, such as financial objectives. We just had an illustration of the former when a major league team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the middle of a playoff elimination game played at Dodgers Stadium, forgot to do a little thing.…

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Coming to Visit New York? Don’t Get Rooked!: Some commonsense spending practices in visiting the Big Apple

From outrageous transportation costs to ridiculous taxes to Three Card Monte, many people in the Big City want to separate you from your money. I’ve lived in New York City most of my life and, while there are a lot of great things to see, there are also countless legal and ill-legal ways in which…

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How not to Reach Your Investment Goals

Cash is usually trash for the long-term investor. Having a certain amount of cash on hand as a protection against short-term problems—such as unemployment or an unexpected medical expense—is reasonable. However, these days millions of Americans are overdoing it by holding unreasonably high cash balances. That can mean they are under invested. And that can…

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