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Under the Influence of Money

Last year, a guy made headlines because he was caught using a lowly flip phone. In a world of gold iPhones and palm-size phablets, it does seem a little odd that someone would still use such a low-tech device. But it was the identity of the person using the phone that got everyone’s attention: Jerry […]

Saving Ourselves from Not Saving

Americans aren’t saving enough. The numbers appear to back up this claim, which we hear repeatedly. But what I find more interesting is how we react to such statements. I touched on the issue of savings last week, and the responses I’ve heard seem to confirm that it’s a touchy subject. For the sake of argument, […]

When the Markets Get Noisy, Invest $5

My, how things change. In the space of just a few weeks, we went from talking about boring markets to reading scary headlines that change by the hour. (Or by the second, if you watch Twitter.) While it’s completely normal for the market to move around, it can feel shocking when things have been calm for so […]

Investing in Real Estate: Rarely a Good Idea

Six years ago, Ireland’s real estate market crashed. Office buildings sat empty, housing developments were left unfinished and $15.7 billion in residential investment loans defaulted or were modified. Fast-forward to today. As I learned on a recent trip to Dublin, real estate is once again hot. Ireland isn’t the only place experiencing a boom in […]