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May 25th, 2017

Does social investing do any good?

By TOM JACOBS

When someone used to ask me, “Do you invest in companies that do ‘bad’ things, like defense, cigarettes, or oil and gas?” I had a standard reply: “If they are the best investments, yes. For social good, devote yourself to volunteering or charitable contributions. For your money, invest …

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the money man

May 11th, 2017

Tap Dancing to Work

By TOM JACOBS

“I tap dance to work each day.” – Warren Buffet, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

Talk about a guy who loves his job! Your Money Man mentions Warren Buffett a lot, and for good reason. Not because he has more money than anyone, depending on the day and price of …

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the money man

April 27th, 2017

This time is never different

By TOM JACOBS

In today’s accelerated society, it’s hard to remember that everything isn’t happening now. Advertising and marketing are designed to keep us from focusing on anything but today so we’ll buy products. In the money world, it’s essential to step back from the daily “market up, market down” drivel, whose …

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the money man

April 13th, 2017

Win the birth lottery, lose your education?

By TOM JACOBS

It is true, as Warren Buffett says, that once you are born in the US, you have already won the lottery. As desperate and horrible as poverty can be in this country, it beats being desperate and poor in, say, Chad, Mali, Chechnya, or parts of India. …

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the money man

March 23rd, 2017

Energy independence and unintended consequences

 

By TOM JACOBS

Even fracking’s most vehement opponents probably think it’s a good idea for the US to be independent of foreign oil. And fracking has led to that possibility at the door. But as desirable as “independence” sounds to a nation with our history, the consequences may or may not be …

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the money man

February 23rd, 2017

A case of the market nerves

By TOM JACOBS

“The stock market is a device for transferring the money from the impatient to the patient.” – Warren Buffett

Lately, I often hear, “Oh, I don’t think this is a good time to get into the market.” Or, “President Trump makes me nervous. I don’t want to invest now.” …

the money man

the money man

February 9th, 2017

Ten steps to financial freedom: #6 to #10

By TOM JACOBS

And now, the thrilling conclusion of 10 Steps to Financial Freedom!

In the last episode, steps 1-5 set the stage:

Get out of debt – but smartly.
Put something away for a rainy day.
Have health insurance.
Own a home, but not expecting to make money.
Save for your children’s or your …

the money man

the money man

January 26th, 2017

Ten steps to financial freedom: #1 to #5

By TOM JACOBS

Unlike most aspects of life – love, marriage, children, and work – financial health is a straightforward flow chart. That’s a relief. Here are 10 steps to financial freedom. Freedom isn’t necessarily “riches,” but rather the ability to make more life decisions not solely for money …

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the money man

January 12th, 2017

All that jitters might boost gold

By TOM JACOBS

The conventional wisdom holds that you should have roughly 5% of your investments in gold “just in case,” where that means political, economic or inflationary troubles. Gold is allegedly a safe haven during turmoil. It currently sells for $1,190 an ounce and has been very volatile in the …

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the money man

December 21st, 2016

Friends don’t let friends pay high fees

By TOM JACOBS

Almost 70 years ago, Warren Buffett’s teacher, Benjamin Graham, wrote that anyone whose advisor charged more than 1% of AUM should look for another advisor. Many people do not heed this advice, letting Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, Fidelity, Schwab and other investment advisors charge them …

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