Know What You Own

A classic film titled “The Good Earth” depicted a family going through the struggles of poverty and famine hitting their land. There are a lot of great lessons to be learned from the movie, which was produced in 1937. Continue reading


25 Plus Years of Futility

We don’t tend to see sports franchises sold often, so when a deal is announced, it’s big news. Last week, the Milwaukee Bucks’ owners announced a sale of the team for the amount of $550 million to hedge-fund billionaires Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. Senator Herb Kohl has owned the Bucks since 1985, when he purchased the team for $19 million. Continue reading

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What You Really Leave Behind

At our Easter Mass yesterday, my family and I heard a funny sermon about money and one’s obsession with it. Basically the story was about a man who held tight to his money over the years, to a point where he made his wife comply to his final wish of putting his money in the casket if he were to die. The idea was he was supposed to take it to the after-life. Continue reading


The Smokescreen of Investing Coverage

The business news coverage almost never disappoints when it comes to the nonsense spewed. As the markets started tanking again and approaching the key technical 200-day average for the momentum-heavy Nasdaq index, market commentators pointed to the news in the Ukraine for the main reason investors were feeling nervous. Continue reading

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How to Break Through

Many of us can have successful careers following the routines that should reap obviously good benefits over time: do well in school, go to college, pick a major where job growth is consistently growing, spend less than you earn, save and invest in solid blu-chip companies month after month and year after year. There is plenty of other things we can throw in there, but you get the picture. Continue reading