Lies, Damn Lies, and Anchors

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others.” –Fyodor Dostoyevsky “The best lies about me are the ones I told.” […]

Why That Advice Column and Those Online Financial Calculators Do Not Work for You

“You know how advice is. You only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyway.” –John Steinbeck I was kind of a personal finance nerd well before I took the courses needed to be able to sit for my CFP® exam. OK, let’s be honest, I am a nerd. There is […]

Where’s Waldo? My Recent Appearances

Occasionally, others ask me to share some insight with their audiences on a variety of personal finance topics. I’m always grateful to them for sharing the opportunity. Here are a few of my recent appearances for (what I hope is) your reading pleasure: Unstuck | How to Fix Your Worst Money Mistakes So you’ve made […]

Don’t be the Taxi Driver

“The one thing you shouldn’t do is try to tell a cab driver how to get somewhere.” –Jimmy Fallon “Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still.” –Lou Erickson Imagine that you’re a taxi driver in New York City. You live modestly, so you […]

The Scarcity Mindset, the Abundance Mindset, and the Impact on Public Policy

Note: A couple of years ago, I had a discussion with one of the deans of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. We discussed collaborating on a white paper for publication addressed at state and national government leaders. Naturally, time and other priorities took hold, and said […]

Leave Forecasting to the Weatherman

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” –Nils Bohr “Weather forecast for tonight: dark.” –George Carlin As we saw in “Do You REALLY Know How You Would React if the Stock Market Dropped by 20 Percent,” the personal finance industry loves their risk tolerance questionnaires. They think that you’re going to be […]