I like to think that when it comes to personal finance, there’s hardly anything personal about it where the big-boy banks are concerned. At Citibank, Chase, Wells Fargo, etc., banking has become an obstacle-course game of dodging exorbitant fees and penalties, usually done by keeping ultra-high balances. How many of us are in a position […]
We’ve all noticed slacker co-workers who always seem to get the breaks when it comes to raises and promotions. It’s easy to resent these folks, but what you should be doing is learning from them. Though books have been written on the subject, their arts aren’t widely known, and most anyone can use a brush-up on the matter. […]
It’s hard to know what to bring for an international trip. Being safe and comfortable is more important than being stylish. Be sure to have important documents and emergency contact info. Also make sure you bring a power converter so you can charge your gadgets. Comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothes are also a must.
Who likes paying more for something when you know you can get it cheaper somewhere else? It’s a gut-wrenching feeling when you’ve paid for goods or services only to realize that you could have saved a bundle had you just invested a little bit more time researching all your options. This has happened to me […]
Individual retirement arrangements, or IRAs, provide tax incentives for saving for retirement. If you can afford it, I strongly encourage everybody to contribute at least a little bit to a Roth IRA every year, even if you have a 401(k) or other retirement plan at work. And among the many benefits of IRAs is the […]
Marriage is in the news again. With the Supreme Court deciding who is worthy of being married, it seems worth taking a moment to think about why even get married in the first place. Sure we can talk about the benefits of togetherness and the importance of the institution as a foundation for society and […]
Some see Buzz Bissinger’s tell-all article in April’s GQ as the wicked April Fool’s gag of a gifted writer. If so, it wouldn’t be the first. But others, including this columnist, believe it’s truly the tragic, awkward confession of sex and shopping addiction by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has apparently ridden off the rails. Either […]
Blackjack, craps and roulette do not a savvy investment portfolio make. Unless, of course, you own a casino, in which case they are all smart investments, helping you pick off easy money from desperate, get-rich-quick types who think they’ve got “a system.” There’s a reason casinos in drought-ravaged Las Vegas can afford to build replica cities […]