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Commodities

You’re Stuck with the Middleman, Like it or Not

I own five cars, which feels like too many. They aren’t the fun ones, like sports cars and “mudders,” but they do run the gamut from a zippy little sedan

Economy

Income was Too Good to be True

The Census Bureau reported that median income jumped 5.2% last year. As I pointed out last week, that’s a solid increase, but still leaves us short of the record in

Economy

Still Can’t Party Like it’s 1999

I came of age in the early ’80s, when Prince was king of the airwaves (pun intended). His smash hit “1999” had an end-of-days feel to it, asking everyone to

Education

One Failed College, Two Big Lessons

I’ve always been fascinated by daytime television. It’s not the soap operas and Judge Whomever shows that captivate me, it’s the ads. To judge by what people are selling, there

Economy

The Workforce is Its Own Form of Education

I lied to get my first job. The minimum required age was 15, and I was only 13. Luckily, I was 5’ 10” at the time, so I could pass

Health Care

Killing Us with Healthcare

I’ve never heard anyone brag about what they spend for a medical procedure. Healthcare isn’t like housing or transportation. People are proud to shell out big bucks for a big

Life Cycle

Female Professionals are Changing Consumer Spending

I recently dropped off my youngest at college for her freshman year. She’s finally free of the prison rules of high school, and can explore life as a young adult.

Markets

Invest Actively – Easy Gains are Gone

The equity markets recently reached all-time highs. Did you celebrate? Because I didn’t, and as far as I can tell, neither did anyone else. No party hats or leftover confetti

Economy

How to Shield Yourself From Housing Bubble 2.0

Waiting out Bubble 1.0 I moved to Florida in 2005, just before the housing bubble peaked. Believing that prices couldn’t remain high, we bought a smaller home than we otherwise would

Economy

If You’re At All Exposed to Muni Bonds, You Need to Read This

The housing bust was awful, particularly in Florida and other “sand states.” As the economy slowed, consumers lost their jobs, and when they couldn’t pay their mortgages, they then lost