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Don McNay
Annuity Consultant & Best Selling Author

Don McNay is an award winning annuity consultant and the Chairman of McNay Settlement Group, one of the world's leading settlement planning and structured settlement consulting firms. He is also the CEO of RRP International Publishing,

Don was a syndicated business columnist from 2006 to 2013 and is a Huffington Post contributor. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Settlement Planners and the National Structured Settlement Trade Association. He served as a Board member and Treasurer for the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

McNay has written seven bestselling books. He is one of the world's leading authorities on what to do with your money if you win the lottery. McNay has been featured in thousands of media outlets around the world, including the CBS News, Forbes and the New York Times. He has also done extensive radio and television commentary.

McNay is has an undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University and Masters Degrees from Vanderbilt University and the American College. He holds four professional designations and a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table.

He is a member of the Eastern Kentucky University Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

McNay splits time between homes in Central Kentucky and New Orleans. His wife, Karen Thomas McNay, is the President of the Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, the oldest Catholic school and oldest all girls school in the United States.

Entries by Don McNay

A Main Street Way to Help Obese People

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 2:14 AM

"Don't you know things can change
Things'll go your way
If you can hold on for one more day"

-Wilson Phillips

I'm 55 years old and morbidly obese. Studies show that morbid obesity will knock 10 years off my life. Since normal longevity is...

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Same Sex Marriage, Taxes and Winning the Lottery

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2014 | 1:38 PM

"Gonna take your mama out all night
Yeah we'll show her what it's all about"

- Scissor Sisters

When the Supreme Court declared a section of the Defense of Marriage Act (commonly referred to as DOMA) unconstitutional, the issue of same sex marriage has normally been...

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Walgreens and Inversion, Where the Tea Party and Liberals Unite

(5) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 11:17 AM

"Look what's happening out in the streets
Got a revolution
Got to revolution"
-Jefferson Airplane

Like many revolutions, it started with a simple step.

I wrote a column on Sunday suggesting that Americans boycott the corporate giant Walgreens for looking at the possibility of...

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Why a Walgreens Boycott Could Be a Wakeup Call for Washington

(34) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 9:30 PM

Born down in a dead man's town
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
End up like a dog that's been beat too much
Till you spend half your life just covering up
Born in the U.S.A., I was born in the...

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The Hall of Fame and Dead Kentucky Lawyers

(3) Comments | Posted July 5, 2014 | 10:18 PM

"Once you're gone, you can't come back
When you're out of the blue, and into the black"

-- Neil Young

It was a session of the Kentucky Bar Association, but it felt like a wake. A reasonably large crowd came to hear about the downbeat topic of...

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The Five Reasons People Blow Their Money

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 9:23 AM

1. Family and friends. People try to "buy" love and friendship or they feel compelled to show off by buying houses, cars, clothes and items. As Will Rogers used to say, "They are spending money they don't have to impress people they don't...
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How to Win Money on the 2014 Kentucky Derby

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 4:06 PM

"When you're sitting back
In your rose pink Cadillac
Making bets on Kentucky Derby Day"
-Townes Van Zandt

"Not all the 76 million or so Kentucky Colonels could make it to the Derby this year, but many had kept the faith."
-Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, who...

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How Rand Paul May Owe His Presidential Bid to Hall of Fame Journalist Mark Hebert

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 12:31 AM

Blue moon of Kentucky
Keep on shining

-Bill Monroe

If Senator Rand Paul becomes President Rand Paul in 2017, he may have Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame inductee Mark Hebert to thank.

Follow my logic here.

In 2002, Kentucky Governor Paul Patton was finishing his second term with...

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Small Business Owners: How Many Missed Taking the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit?

(3) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 1:37 AM

"Communication Breakdown
It's always the same"

-Led Zeppelin

"What we have here is a failure to communicate"
-from the movie Cool Hand Luke

A Kentucky professional who owns his own business found that he missed getting the Health Care Tax Credit.

For the past...

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How Judge Lance Ito and OJ Simpson Ruined the Legal System

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 11:28 AM

"Honesty is hardly ever heard
And mostly what I need from you"

-Billy Joel

We can blame it all on Judge Ito.

One of the worst moves in American judicial history was Judge Lance Ito's decision to allow the OJ Simpson murder trial in 1995 to be...

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How Facebook Can Get You Terminated and Keep You Terminated

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 11:17 AM

"Talking some trash to the secretary
Saying 'Hey now mama, come on over here...'"
-Jim Croce

Former Kentucky state trooper Joey Stidham runs a high-powered accident reconstruction and investigation firm and posted something on his Facebook page (assumedly after hours) about a recent case that he worked...

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Clay Bigler, CSSC, Overcoming Adversity to Achieve Success

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 9:18 AM

Like his first name, lots of words that describe Clay Bigler start with the letter C. Courageous, compassionate, cerebral, counselor, computer-literate, calm. Words like loyal, devoted, detail-oriented, work ethic and integrity don't make the parade of C's, but maintain the basic theme.

He is well-mannered and reserved.


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Money, Being Uncool and Happiness

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 6:17 PM

"We're lost in a cloud with too much rain
We're trapped in a world that's troubled with pain
But as long as a man has the strength to dream
He can redeem his soul and fly"


Today is my 55th birthday. Of...

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Louisiana and New Orleans: Goodbye to the Good Old Boys?

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 11:44 PM

"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy, when skies are gray"

-- Former Louisiana Governor Jimmy Davis

As Mitch Landrieu won an overwhelming re-election as Mayor of New Orleans, a thought kept running through my head.

Is this the end of the "colorful" Louisiana...

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Winning the Jackpot -- A Matter of Life and Death

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 8:23 AM

"No matter how close to yours another's steps have grown
In the end there is one dance you'll do alone"
-- Jackson Browne

"There are ways of killing yourself without killing yourself." -- Tony Manero (John Travolta) in the movie Saturday Night Fever

It can be argued that Abraham...

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Newspaper Columnists as Heroes

(1) Comments | Posted January 5, 2014 | 11:15 AM

"I'm holding out for a hero 'til the morning light/He's gotta be sure/And it's gotta be soon/And he's gotta be larger than life" -Jim Steinman

In the world I grew up in, newspaper columnists were heroes.

They were also larger than life.

My favorite was...

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Jeff Ruby: A lifetime of being a personal brand

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 9:59 AM

"Oh-oh come take my hand
Riding out tonight to case the Promised Land"

-Bruce Springsteen

The Promised Land for New Jersey-born Jeff Ruby turned out to be Cincinnati. After a horrible childhood, the self-described "tough guy" found himself managing a Holiday Inn near Cincinnati around 1970 after...

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Republic Wireless: Game Changer in Revolution against AT&T & Verizon

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 10:46 AM

"The revolution will put you in the driver's seat.
The revolution will not be televised."

-Gil-Scott Heron

I'm a middle age man with a love/hate affair with telephones. I can't do my work without one, and when I started in business 30 years ago, it was not unusual...

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Book Publishing Without Wall Street & Don McNay's Greatest Hits

(3) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 11:47 PM

"There's just too much to see
Waiting in front of me
And I know that I just can't go wrong"

-- Jimmy Buffett

Next week will be the last of my syndicated columns. I will remain a Huffington Post contributor but my primary focus will...

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James Street, All-American Businessman

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2013 | 1:13 PM

"Be young and wild and free/
Like Texas in 1880"
-Radney Foster

For 20 years, my definition of a true Texan has been James Street. Fun with boundless ambition and the ultimate competitor. The kind of guy who lit up a room with positive energy and inspired everyone...

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