Employee Stock Purchase Plans and Stock Options – Your Investing Archimedes’ Lever?

“Δός μοι πᾷ στῶ καὶ τὰν γᾶν κινήσω “ (translated) “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” –Archimedes In the last article, “Investments Where You Can Influence the Outcome” we talked about investments where, rather than doing your research beforehand, investing your […]

Should You Just Donate to Charity Instead of Going to IHOP’s Free Pancake Day?

“He who goes to bed hungry dreams of pancakes.” –Proverb (probably attributed to Aunt Jemima) March 3, 2015 is National Pancake Day from IHOP. You go, get free pancakes, and the cost is a donation of whatever you think is appropriate to give to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I love the notion and the […]

President Obama Calls for a Stronger Fiduciary Standard. Should You Care?

“…back-door payments or hidden fees for steering people into bad retirement investments that have high fees and low returns…” –Barack Obama On February 23, 2015, President Barack Obama threw his support behind a forthcoming (as of the writing of this article, it had not been released) Department of Labor fiduciary standard. According to a White […]

Food in a Box

“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” –Harriet van Horne “When the waitress asked if I wanted my pizza cut into four or eight slices, I said, ‘Four. I don’t think I can eat eight.’” –Yogi Berra I grew up in a Southern family. My grandmother cooked […]

How Much Would You Have to Budget to Go to the Women’s World Cup in 2015?

“To watch people push themselves further than they think they can, it’s a beautiful thing. It’s really human.” –Abby Wambach My wife and I are going to go to the Women’s World Cup in Canada in June. Specifically, we’re going to go see the U.S. play Nigeria in Vancouver. Even though we are in the […]

The Surprising Suggestion for Who Should Receive Your Estate If You Have No Children

“Inheritance taxes are so high that the happiest mourner at a rich man’s funeral is usually Uncle Sam.” –Olin Miller My wife and I have no children. Not only does this create additional planning issues for us regarding care when we are older, but eventually, when we depart this earth and discover what’s on the […]