Playing with Fire

We don’t teach kids about thermodynamics by letting them play with a box of matches so why do we teach them about investing by encouraging them to play stock market games? There’s a new stock market game out. Stockpile is a startup designed to allow investors to buy...

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“Those millennials!”

The Foundation is in Phoenix this week meeting with ASU students in the Dorrance Scholarship program, kicking off our second 3rd Decade class in the Phoenix-Scottsdale-Tempe area and finishing up a series of financial education classes for the employees of a Phoenix...

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He said, she said

He said “I’m not going to freeze my credit.” She said “I think I will.” That was the conversation at our house this week. What are you going to do? Here’s my message from Equifax: Equifax, one of the big three credit reporting bureaus, the very folks who track and...

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Breaking news: Money CAN buy happiness!

From psychologist Daniel Kahneman and economist Angus Deaton we learned that higher incomes, over about $75,000 a year, didn’t make us any happier per se, they just allowed us to spend more. A new study says that increased happiness depends on the way we spend that...

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The cost of financial advice

I promised a more objective way of choosing a financial planner in my recent blog on how advisors dress. How they charge is a good place to start. Not only will it tell you the cost of the service, but it will give you a good idea who you’re dealing with. Liz Frazier...

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Warren Buffett’s Secret Ingredient

As with many favorite recipes, the ingredients are simple but the dish is a crowd pleaser that is served time and again with predictable results and rave reviews. As you know, Warren Buffett's secret investing ingredient is the low-cost S&P 500 index fund but, he...

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Should a Financial Planner Dress Up?

An odd question but one that was the topic of a recent Michael Kitces blog where I learned about “countersignaling”. The Kitces blog is a popular one with financial planners; this one was written by Derek Tharp, a Research Associate at Kitces.com and a Ph.D. candidate...

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They almost had me…

It was the end of the year and I was getting my car serviced when the new service manager introduced himself and gave me some FIAT swag – a nice water bottle customized to fit the holder. Then he asked if I’d consider buying an extended warranty. My car was just out...

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It doesn’t get much better than this…

  In a recent Freakonomics episode, four heavy hitters chatted about active versus passive investing. Sound dry? Not at all! Below I’ve shared some of the best of the podcast but I heartily recommend listening to these super-heroes of the everyday investor....

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