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Don McNay
Don McNay, ChFC, MSFS, CLU, CSSC is a financial expert, journalist, and author of seven best selling books. His new book, Brand New Man: My Weight Loss Journey releases on Feb 27.

McNay is one of the world’s best known experts on structured settlements and how lottery winners handle their money. He lives in Lexington Kentucky and you can learn more about him at

McNay has a Masters Degree from Vanderbilt University and a second Masters Degree from the American College. He has four professional designations and is in the Eastern Kentucky University Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

McNay has been a Huffington Post contributor since 2008 and his insights have appeared in hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, and USA Today. He has appeared on television and radio programs around the world including the CBS Morning News, CBS Evening News, ABC News Radio, AM Canada, CTV News and RAI Television in Italy.

Entries by Don McNay

Did God Choose The Latest Powerball Winner?

(6) Comments | Posted May 15, 2016 | 7:16 PM

"Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?" -Janis Joplin

"God only knows what...

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'Rise of the Robots' and the Success of Electronic Banking

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 5:52 PM

"Let the old world make believe It's blind and deaf and dumb But nothing can change the shape of things to come" -Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil (theme song for the movie Wild in the Streets)

Several publications print "books to read" lists...

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Kentucky Lt. Governor Bashing the Study of History (updated April 9)

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 9:28 PM



As noted in the original post, the source materials concerning the quote from Lt. Governor Hampton were taken from the Eastern Progress and the Courier Journal. Since this post was published, both of the Eastern Progress and...

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Are Men Dying From Being Macho?

(20) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 8:16 PM

"Macho, macho man I gotta be a macho man" -The Village People

I've spent my adult life in the structured settlement and financial business and follow actuarial science. A statistic that has held consistently true is that men die about five...

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Frugal Spending, Rich Living and the Index Card

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 2:12 PM

"Although we had no money I was rich as I could be In my coat of many colors My momma made for me" -Dolly Parton

"I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay

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Becoming a Brand New Man and a Best-Selling Author

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 6:21 PM


"I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I think maybe it's both." -- Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump's insight is a metaphor for how I physically became a Brand New...

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The Economics of Obesity & Bariatric Surgery

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 3:33 PM

"Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business and eventually degenerates into a racket." -Eric Hoffer

"Lesson number one: Don't underestimate the other guy's greed."
-Frank Lopez (from the movie Scarface)

"If you got the money, honey
I've got...

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Indentured, Injustice and the NCAA

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 4:04 PM

"You go down there looking for justice; that's what you find: just us." -Richard Pryor

"Baby I'm only society's child
When we're older things may change
But for now this is the way they must remain"

-Janis Ian

"Every once...

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Who Will Be the Best President for Fat People?

(37) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 6:08 PM

"I'm your top prime cut of meat I'm your choice I want to be elected" -- Alice Cooper

"I don't know where I'm going
The future one big mirror of the past"

-- Steve Goodman (Hillary Clinton's high school classmate)

Bariatric weight...

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Brand New Man Reality Show: 3 Days After Weight Loss Surgery

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 5:33 PM


This is a section from the Don McNay Reality Show section of Brand New Man, written on December 4, 2016, three days after gastric sleeve weight loss surgery. This gives a glimpse of what that experience is like:

Things have gone incredibly...

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Avoiding the February 7 "Fitness Cliff"

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2016 | 12:01 AM

"A, I'll always want you B, because my heart is true C, come, come, come closer And I'll tell you of the ABC's" -Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers

"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop"

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Taking the Oath Against Fat Shaming

(8) Comments | Posted January 23, 2016 | 5:05 PM


I know there's pain
Why do lock yourself up in these chains?
No one can change your life except for you
Don't ever let anyone step all over you

-Wilson Phillips

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Becoming a Brand New Weight Loss Man in One Year

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 10:10 AM


The book, Brand New Man: My Weight Loss Journey Will Release February 27 by RRP International Publishing.

"I'm born to love again I'm a Brand New Man" -Brooks and Dunn

One year ago, I started a journey that allowed me to lose...

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Beans, Biscuits and Kentucky's Bill Goodman

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 10:00 PM

"Who knows how long this will last Now we've come so far, so fast But somewhere back there in the dust That same small town in each of us" -- Don Henley and Bruce Hornsby

As the Chairman of RRP International Publishing...

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Brand New CrossFit Man

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 11:23 PM

We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that...
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Stopping Structured Settlement Predators for Good This Time

(2) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 8:27 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 was there when it happened
And so I guess...

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Hurricane Katrina After the Flood

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 9:21 PM

"Ring out the bells again
Like we did when spring began
Wake me up when September ends"

-Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day)

With the tsunami of media leading into the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday, it seems impossible that an author could come up with...

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My First 5K in 27 Years, After Losing 100 Pounds.

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2015 | 4:45 PM


Tonight, tonight, the strip's just right, I want to blow them all out of their heat.
Summer's here and the time in right, for racing in the streets.

-Bruce Springsteen

I've convinced myself all week that I...

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Sheila Hiestand: Hall of Fame Basketball Player to Ironman With 125 lbs Weight Loss in Between

(3) Comments | Posted August 2, 2015 | 12:49 PM


"Play the game, you know you can't quit until it's won
Soldier on, only you can do what must be done
You know in some way you're a lot like me
You're just a prisoner and you're trying to break...

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Becoming a "Brand New Man" after weight loss surgery

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 10:05 AM


"Why me Lord?
What have I ever done?
To deserve even one of the pleasures I've known"

-Kris Kristofferson

I am ecstatic. I've lost over 100 pounds in six and a half months past my gastric sleeve weight...

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