Personal Finances

Celebrate love without breaking the bank

Every February 14 people across America and around the world looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day will spend money on flowers, candy, jewelry, dinner and other gifts all in the name of “love”.  How much money, you ask? According to The National Retail Federation, the good people of America spent approximately [...]

February 13th, 2019|Categories: Personal Finances|

Looking back, looking ahead

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards, observed Soren Kirkegaard, 19th Century Danish philosopher. Therefore, we must examine at least briefly what occurred during 2018 in the worldwide financial markets. As noted in prior columns, probabilities were high that it would produce a stock market [...]

Putting experience ahead of just more stuff

My entire life I heard “money can’t buy happiness”. I think the statement should be “money can’t buy contentment, satisfaction, peace of mind, love, or any of those other wonderful, non-tangibles that are important for a healthy life. But, I do believe money can buy amazing memories sprinkled with happiness [...]

December 19th, 2018|Categories: Personal Finances|

Attempting To Eliminate Market Risk Can Be Very Risky

About a month ago I wrote a column about how some financial product marketers use fear to sell their products. While I chose to focus that article on the dangers of signing up for a reverse mortgage, there are other financial products I would also advise people to avoid in [...]

October 30th, 2018|Categories: Personal Finances|

Giving through a foundation has advantages

About a week ago I had the opportunity to attend the 2018 Toast to our Towns Gala, hosted by the Truman Heartland Community Foundation. The event serves as an opportunity to honor people and organizations who have dedicated themselves to serving Eastern Jackson County. It really is a celebration of [...]

October 10th, 2018|Categories: Personal Finances|