Indecent Exposure for Your Portfolio

“‘Subliminal’ is about how we misinterpret our behavior because we’re unaware of what our unconscious minds are doing.” –Leonard Mlodinow “I saw a subliminal advertising executive, but only for a second.” –Steven Wright Once upon a time, if you went to the movie theater, you were bombarded with advertising. OK. Yes, I know that if […]

Why Doctors Smoke and Why You’ll Follow Financial Advice From Someone Else

“My doctor tells me I should start slowing it down – but there are more old drunks than there are old doctors so let’s all have another round.” –Willie Nelson “If two heads are better than one, then what about double chins?” –Jarod Kintz Have you ever walked into a doctor’s office or a hospital […]

What is the Asset You Least Want to Lose?

“By the time I have money to burn, my fire will have burnt out.” –Unknown I was speaking with a friend recently, and this friend bet that I would become bored in retirement. “You’ll go start some other company because you have the entrepreneurial fire burning within you,” my friend said (I paraphrase). “Nope. I’ll […]

Why Do We Rarely Buy Disability Insurance?

“The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.” –Herb Caen I remember getting the call from my wife. She was back in Charlottesville spending a week at her home office while I stayed in Texas. She’d started getting a slight tremor – a tic like she was shaking her […]

I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, Monkey Brain Likes Me

“I deserve good things, I am entitled to my share of happiness. I refuse to beat myself up. I am an attractive person. I am fun to be with.” –Stuart Smalley, Saturday Night Live Have you ever sat on the train (or in the bar or at a party) next to someone who wants to […]

Hoarding, the Scarcity Mindset, and an Unnecessary Attachment to Your House

“I steal cracker packets. I hoard them. Once my collection is large enough, I’ll take them to the flea market and try to sell them to discerning lovers.” –Jarod Kintz My parents like to watch the show American Pickers, so when we go home for the holidays, we usually wind up watching an episode (or […]