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Understanding the “Real Cost” of Financial Decisions Takes Some Imagination

One of the standard methods of assessing the desirability of a particular financial decision is to evaluate the benefits and associated costs. But what is the true cost of a financial decision? Even in the simplest transaction, the cost isn’t … Continue reading

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Blips on the Financial Radar

LISTEN (mp3audio) (20:16 min) Buzzwords, Trends, and Unintended Consequences Here are a few financial particulars currently receiving a fair amount of attention in the financial press: BUZZWORD: PHASED RETIREMENT The combination of a struggling economy and declining asset values has … Continue reading

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INVESTING AND GAMBLING

LISTEN (mp3audio) (5:45 min) Right before the 2010 Super Bowl, a page 1 article in the February 5, 2010 Wall Street Journal opened with this sentence: “Investors are sometimes accused of treating the stock market like a casino. Now, one … Continue reading

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Have You Been Framed?

“Some macroeconomists say if we just study the numbers long enough we’ll be able to design better policy. That’s like the sign in the bar: Free Beer Tomorrow.” – Russ Roberts, Economics Professor LISTEN (mp3 audio) (14:12 min) One of … Continue reading

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Student Loans: “Toxic Debt” for Graduates

LISTEN (mp3 audio) (10:12 min) In terms of financial value, has a college degree reached its “tipping point?” Since the end of World War II, obtaining a higher education has been touted as one of the surest paths to a … Continue reading

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How Will You Meet the “10,000-Hour Rule” for Your Finances?

LISTEN: mp3 audio (03:47 min) Malcolm Gladwell is the author of the best-seller Outliers: The Story of Success. The book attempts to identify both internal and external factors that seem to appear consistently in the lives of successful people. Rather … Continue reading

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How Demographic Trends Affect Your Financial Plans

LISTEN: mp3 audio (02:42 min) Demographic trends, i.e., the analysis of population statistics to identify markets, can uncover significant, large-scale, long-term economic movements that are already in place. Once in place, demographic trends may take a long time to play … Continue reading

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