Remembering A Good Soul–Dean Barnett (1967-2008)

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I lost a good friend yesterday. Dean Barnett was just 41 when he died of complications from Cystic Fibrosis. Dean and I first met in 1989 at Boston University School of Law. We were both incarcerated in Section B, which included contracts with the distinguished and extremely tough Professor Clark Byse. Dean and I helped […]

Published or Updated: April 16, 2014

How to Profit from a Stock Market Crash

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According to Standard and Poor’s, the S&P 500 is down 40.29% for the year. And just in case you thought that was a typo, I’ll repeat myself: the S&P 500 is down forty point twenty-nine percent so far in 2008. Ouch! Now here is something that is far more important. How you handle your stock […]

Published or Updated: March 22, 2012

Credit Cardholder’s Bill of Rights Act of 2008 – What it means for you

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While the $700 billion bailout and presidential elections have dominated the news, the House of Representatives passed a major piece of credit card reform legislation. The Credit Cardholder’s Bill of Rights Act of 2008 passed the House on September 23, 2008 by a vote of 312 to 112 (with 9 members not voting). While the […]

Published or Updated: March 22, 2012

How to Survive (and Thrive) in a Recession

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Make no mistake about it, a recession is here. While we do not know how long or painful it will be, we do know that it has the potential to be the worst financial crisis any of us have ever lived through. The stock market has lost more than 20% in the last 10 trading […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013

How to Harness the Stunning Power of Financial Regret

Regret over past financial decisions can have a powerful hold on you. At 23, you may regret running up $20,000 in credit card debt during college. At 35 you may regret never having gone to college. At 45 you may regret having never started that consulting business you always dreamed of pursing. And at 65, […]

Published or Updated: March 23, 2012