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 […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Managing Your Career

Zone of potential agreement (ZOPA): The area where both you and the person you are negotiating with would accept an offer. When you think about how you’re going to earn and save enough money to hit your financial goals, it’s really easy to think about how you can cut expenses. Cut lattes! Recycle dryer sheets! […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Train a Monkey to Throw Darts or Pick the S&P 500 Index? A Look at 2014’s Performance

“Maybe life is random, but I doubt it.” –Steven Tyler There’s a news radio station in Fort Worth that has almost all of its daytime weekend programming related to money, investing, and personal finance. It’s almost like the programming folks at CNBC decided to take over this radio station on the weekend, because, unless the […]

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Rebalancing Your Real Estate Portfolio

“There’s a lot of — I don’t know what the term is in Austrian, wheeling and dealing.” –Barack Obama If you are a real estate investor and you come from the Warren Buffett school of investing, then you’re probably likely to want to buy a property and hold onto it forever. That’s what I thought […]

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