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Did you ever think reading about economics could be fun? (Probably not, or you’d be in our line of business!) Economist Steven Levitt and author Stephen Dubner have done just that with their 2009 book “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything” (followed by “Super Freakonomics” in 2011.) When a book tackles topics like “Why a prostitute makes more money…Read More
The issue of income disparity among workers and the unequal distribution of wealth in general in our country is highlighted in the news these days. Bill Nemitz of the Portland Press Herald recently wrote an encouraging piece about Maine shoe store chain Lamey Wellehan, where the average hourly wage of its 100 employees is $15, exclusive of other benefits provided. Owner Jim Wellehan has a video on…Read More
A recent study by Experian Consumer Services indicates that credit scores were important when choosing a mate for half of married adults. 95% of participants rated “financial responsibility” more important than “career ambition” or “physical attractiveness.” The survey shows that, when asked about the importance of having similar goals, financial compatibility ranked higher than sex…Read More
Not sure what to get the person who has everything? Try giving a Charity Gift Card, it works like a gift card but instead of purchasing items in stores, the recipient 'spends' the card online by selecting from 300+ charities. Visit TisBest.org for more information.Read More
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reported on big banks maneuverings around the pending “bank swaps” regulation. Swaps are derivative instruments whose purpose is to transfer risk to a third party. The new regulation is intended to make swaps activity more transparent and to protect the US financial system from banks amassing huge derivatives positions in non U.S. markets. The…Read More
If you are like many Americans you held your breath when you finished filling out your tax return this year, hoping for a refund (and if you haven’t finished your return yet, save this blog for after April 15th.) After completing all the forms you look at the bottom line and…great news! The IRS owes you money! But is this really a good financial strategy? First of all yes, of course it’s…Read More
With permission from Dr. Moira Sumers, C.Psych, here is a link to a great article from her "Money, Mind and Meaning" blog page about how your emotions can sometimes lead you astray when making sound decisions. The piece is titled, My Dog, The Quaker - A Lesson in Neuroeconomics. Enjoy! http://www.moneymindandmeaning.com/newsletters/my-dog-the-quaker/Read More
Carl Richards has a knack for simplifying a concept. He creates back-of-the-napkin drawings that explain stock market concepts so simply and elegantly that you can't miss the message. His latest blog, about how investors tend to buy when prices are high and sell when prices are low is not to be missed. The real message of the piece is that good investing is not about knowing more about finance…Read More
Valentine’s Day will be here shortly and with it many happy new brides-to-be. If you are planning on proposing to your beloved and have gone shopping for a ring, you will want to protect your investment even before you pop the question. As soon as you’ve purchased a ring get a written appraisal. This can come from the store at which you purchased the ring or from another jeweler. Use…Read More
Recently I was speaking with Mandy Schumaker, a Portland-based small business coach. One of the primary benefits of working with a coach is the accountability factor; that is, when you set a goal for yourself it is more likely to come to fruition if you have a partner of sorts to whom you must report. Related to this, Mandy shared some probability statistics with me from the American Society of…Read More