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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

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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Keen Babbage: The Flip Side of Breaking Bad's Walter White

(3) Comments | Posted October 5, 2013 | 2:03 PM

"Guess that's all I have to say
Except the feeling just grows stronger every day"


Dr. Keen Babbage is a middle age, extremely intelligent high school teacher who found out that he had he had stage four cancer.

Breaking Bad's primary character Walt White was...

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Obama and Holder's "Too Big to Jail" sticks it to Main Street

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 2:54 AM

I've been a fierce critic of Wall Street and especially the Wall Street bailouts. If you study my writing over the years, there is one bank that gets off easy.

J.P. Morgan Chase.

When I look out of my Richmond Kentucky office, I see a branch of J.P....

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If You Can Wait Until Your Child Is Age 27 to Let Them Have Money, Do It

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2013 | 3:52 PM

"And here I sit so patiently
Waiting to find out what price
You have to pay to get out of
Going through all these things twice"

-Bob Dylan

I see people make the same mistakes over and over. This is particularly true when...

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Business and the Yoko Ono Factor

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 1:48 PM

"Oh Yoko, oh Yoko

My love will turn you on"

-John Lennon

Prejudice and bias exist in the business world. There are some deep-seated prejudice and bias that cannot be explained with rational argument, thought or action.

I call this the Yoko Ono factor.

The Beatles came to America when...

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Will the Latest Powerball Winner Turn Into a Lottery Loser?

(65) Comments | Posted August 10, 2013 | 9:38 PM

I've written three best-selling books on what to do when you win the lottery, but really it can be boiled down to five simple points.

Paul White of Ham Lake, Minnesota violated all five of my rules within 18 hours.

My five rules are:

1. Don't tell anyone...

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The Hypocrisy of Bud Selig

(4) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 10:55 AM

There was talk that Alex Rodriquez would get a "lifetime ban" from the game of baseball for taking performance-enhancing drugs. It was never going to happen. Bud Selig, a nerdy looking guy who has never played any sport at any level, was supposed to be showing off his "tough guy"...

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Keen and Laura Babbage and the battle against cancer

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 5:42 AM

"We can't afford to be innocent
Stand up and face the enemy
It's a do or die situation-we will be invincible"

-Pat Benatar

The contemporary that I never got to meet was Steven Jobs. His career with Apple computers kicked into gear about the same time...

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Why My Late Bookmaker Father Would Not Like Payday Lending

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2013 | 10:48 PM

"He drinks beer and eats beanies
Chases it down with ol' Thunderbird wine
Carries brass knuckles and a .44
Runs a loan shark business and a Mary Jane store"
-Charlie Daniels Band

If my father had not died in 1993, this week...

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Joel Boel and Why to Give Second Chances

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2013 | 8:08 PM

"Gimmie, Gimmie just one more chance."


Last week, Louisville television anchor John Boel was nominated for regional Emmys in four different categories.

He won them all.

Before November of 2010, Boel had won 70 Emmy awards in a 25-year career as a television anchor and...

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