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Shoving Your Money Under Your (Bank's) Mattress

(3) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 9:22 AM

We've all the heard the story of the man who kept his savings hidden under his mattress at home. "Ha, ha," we all think. I'd never do that. First of all, it's not safe: what if someone robbed the house? But second and more importantly: that money is just sitting...

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Where Scrooge Got It Right

(7) Comments | Posted January 13, 2010 | 3:50 PM

If there's an official villain of the end of the year holidays, it must be Ebenezer Scrooge. No one wants to be called a "Scrooge." Nobody wants to feel like they've "been scrooged." Anyone watching Dickens' A Christmas Carol is rooting for Bob Cratchit, not his "Bah, humbug!" boss. But...

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The Recession Is Over -- Time To Reset!

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2009 | 2:02 PM

How many of you remember Secretary Clinton's meet-up with her Russian counterpart a few months ago? The gift she brought made the news: a "reset" button. You know, one of those big red buttons like the ones a certain office supply chain's been selling. Apparently the Secretary of State felt...

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Are You What You Ate?

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2009 | 2:32 PM

If we are what we eat, then I might be in trouble. Among other things I was thankful for last Thursday is that I've become better about my nutrition. But in the past I've enjoyed everything from steaks to hot fudge sundaes, so I sure hope I don't become a...

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Loral's Laurels

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2009 | 12:32 PM

I appreciate every day, but Thanksgiving gives me an excuse to share that gratitude. I am thankful for so many things: my family, my friends, my colleagues, our work, purpose, good health, happiness, abundance, and this great country of ours. I am pretty darn thankful that Christopher Columbus did not...

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Would You Invest in a Zebra?

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2009 | 12:02 PM

In medicine, they say: "When you hear hoof beats, think horse, not zebra." According to the doctors in my Live Out Loud community, that translates to: "Don't go to the obscure and unlikely when you're dealing with the ordinary."

I believe there are two ways to invest: horses and zebras....

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Dow 10,000 - Trick or Treat?

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2009 | 4:36 PM

I love Halloween. The costumes, the candy, the totally permissible regression into childish ways. I mean, really, how often do you get to say "Boo!" without looking the fool? Oh, but wait a minute. If you're the Dow Jones Index, you get to say "Boo! I fooled you" often. In...

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Would Shakespeare Have Relied On Social Security?

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2009 | 9:41 AM

Shakespeare's Hamlet has one of the best father-son speeches of all time. Maybe not as great as some of the humdingers my dad delivered on the farm, but the bard's words are at least printable. I even forgive Polonius's "neither a borrower, nor a lender be" since that is still...

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What's Wrong With This Picture?

(6) Comments | Posted October 12, 2009 | 11:51 AM

It's being referred to as the worst recession in a generation. If people have learned anything from it, it's that they need to lead themselves to financial stability, security and, especially, wealth. While many are determined to cut expenses and save as much money as they can, they're still missing...

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If Money Talked, Would You Listen?

(3) Comments | Posted September 8, 2009 | 3:23 PM

For those of us that didn't grow up in the lap of luxury, the fact is relatively few will ever experience it. The average "life plan" is to hold down a good job and, while we work hard for 20 to 40 years, buy a house, furnish it, raise a...

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Lucy's 'Santa Smarts'

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2009 | 3:23 PM

Remember Charlie Brown's nemesis Lucy from the comic strip, "Peanuts"? Remember the interesting conversation they had in the 1965 A Charlie Brown Christmas? Charlie stops at Lucy's "psychiatrist stand" to deal with his Christmas depression, and here's what they say:

Lucy Van Pelt: I know how you feel about all...
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