Last week I helped my daughter move into her college dorm room.  It was a rush of emotions as my thoughts drifted from college bound freshman to tiny infant.   Eighteen years flew by much faster than I thought possible.  It seems like yesterday I was teaching her how to swim and ride her bike and in...

Eve Plumb, AKA Jan Brady, recently made headlines for selling her Malibu beach house for $3.9 million after buying it for $55,300 in 1969.   A tidy profit for sure. 

I’m a child of the ‘70s and grew up with a heavy dose of the Brady Brunch.  If you grew up watching the Brady Bunch, I’m sure you can...

Creating a budget is about as fun as getting your wisdom teeth pulled.  Budgeting is a painful task for most people and most would rather do anything else besides figuring out where their money is going.  However, to be a successful saver and investor it’s imperative to spend some time reviewing...

The Dow Jones, S&P 500 and the Nasdaq all hit new all-time record highs yesterday.   The last time this occurred was in 1999.   I am thankful and nervous to hear this news because after the stock market peaked in 1999 it corrected in 2000. 

With the markets at all-time highs what is an investor to...

Should you watch CNBC?   CNBC is a great resource for picking up news nuggets for what’s happening around the world.   It’s a combination of 60 Minutes, ESPN and Jerry Springer.  While I’m at work I have it on in the background but I listen to it with a heavy set of filters.

CNBC is a news channel...

Playing with Legos.

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In the early 1970s I received my first Lego kit from my aunt and uncle.  It was a small kit with few pieces and I played with it for hours.   As I grew older my Lego collection expanded to thousands of pieces.   A Lego set was my standard gift on special occasions.   The nice thing about playing...

My first marathon was a disaster.   After a years of running short races, I decided to graduate to a marathon.   The 1991 Los Angeles Marathon was going to be my first.   On race day I thought I was ready for the 26.2-mile journey through LA. 

I was young, naïve and in shape so the only strategy I...

Are We There Yet?

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It’s vacation time and right now millions of people are crisscrossing the country in route to their favorite destination.   The top three U.S. destinations for this year are the Grand Canyon, Maui and Yellowstone according to U.S. News & World Report.

It’s easy to know when you have arrived at your...

Women and Poverty.

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Women are 80% more likely to end up in poverty when compared to men according to a recent article in the Austin American Statesman.[1]    A difference in pay is a major reason for this heartbreaking statistic.  Women earn about 76 cents on the dollar when compared to the compensation for men.[2] ...

The California gold rush of 1849 brought millions of speculators to the Golden State in search of wealth and riches.   A few of these individuals made money but most lost everything.  It appears there is another gold rush occurring today with the returns on gold turning in a stellar 2016.  In...

My Week at a Dude Ranch.

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This past week my family and I spent a week at Wind River Ranch - a Christian dude ranch in Estes Park, Colorado.   Wind River Ranch rests in a valley nestled between Longs Peak and Twin Sisters.   It’s a magical place. 

I spent my time riding, hiking and fishing while trying to act like a cowboy. ...

The Brexit vote has come and gone with the citizens of the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union.  This news sent shock waves through the global financial markets on Friday.   The Dow Jones fell 3.3%, The Stoxx Europe 600 dropped 7% and the Nikkei declined 7.9%.   The Pound was pounded...