Mainstream Media Mediocrity: A Profile of NBC Nightly News No bureau in Paris? Or Caracas? Or God knows where else? Part I

Tens of millions of Americans exclusively depend on network television news in how they view the world. And, given the superficial, biased nature of much of NBC News, that is too bad. That’s because many of these mainstream media news operations—NBC, ABC, CNN and CBS—aren’t very good. Reporting is often based on rewrites of print…

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What to Do with Twenty Five Thousand Dollars: Some commonsense strategies on how to invest a windfall or make it last

Recently a friend asked me what to do with $25,000. He didn’t tell me if he wanted to invest it for growth or make the money last as long as possible. There are a number of ways to work with an unexpected windfall. Here is one possible scenario. Funds Can Make Sense I would recommend…

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Help! I Need Somebody to Explain the ABCs of Personal Finance: Studies find Americans’ financial understanding is poor. Many could be headed for financial disaster.

Financial illiteracy in America is widespread. And it is not just for millennials or baby boomers or the poor or women or men. The problem goes across the board. Millions of Americans are in danger of falling into the trap of not understanding what they need to do to ensure their financial health and their…

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Why Don’t I Have Any Retirement Assets? Why Must I Keep Working?: Excuses! Excuses! Are you a manana investor? Why not use tax time as the time to take control of your life and start down the road toward financial independence

It’s amazing the number of reasons people give for not starting on a savings and investing plan that will immeasurably improve their lives, as well as those of their loved ones. For instance, time and time again people tell me they will start saving and investing on a regular basis sometime in the future. But…

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For Some People, Money Will Always Be a Problem: Are you or will you be one of them? How not to be. Are you patient enough to become financially comfortable? Try some lethargy.

I personally know some of these people with money problems. And it is terrible to see their lives of quiet desperation. It is painful because most of their money problems could have been easily avoided. Who? Why? These are people of my generation—I’m a baby boomer who was born in the 1950s—who have saved or…

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Bad History on Broadway and Elsewhere: Hollywood and Broadway don’t “do” history very well. Be careful where you get your history. Avoid movie and play “history (sic)”

Where you get your history does matter. It matters a lot. This was brought home to me about 20 years ago. A copy editor named Jeff was reviewing my story at a trade publication. He routinely told me that “Lyndon Johnson was part of the plot in assassinating President Kennedy.” Really, I asked, how do…

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