What Makes Us Happy? A Book Review of The How of Happiness

Are you happy? Would you be happier if you got a promotion and raise at work? Would you be happier if you moved to a larger home? For me, the happiness question that has plagued me for over a year is the following: Would I be happier if I quit my job as a lawyer […]


My Foray Into Coin Collecting as an Investment

Yesterday was a first for me. I purchased eight silver Morgan dollars from a local rare coin dealer. The purchase represented my first step into coin collecting for both fun and profit. Part of my numismatic adventure was motivated by the joy of coin collecting. I was first introduced to coins by my grandmother years […]


Is Chase Liquid the Best Prepaid Card Available?

Chase just launched its first reloadable prepaid card. Called the Chase Liquid, this card is the latest development in a move to mainstream the prepaid card industry. A few years back, prepaid cards were offered by obscure companies. The cards typically came with outrageous fees and poor customer service. Through competition, fees started to come […]


Should the Bush Tax Cuts Be Extended?

Today President Obama called for a one-year extension on the Bush tax cuts for the middle class. In contrast, he wants to raise the top two income tax rates from 33% and 35% to 36% and 39.6%, respectively. These higher rates would affect those making more than $250,000 a year. So here’s the big question […]


Is the Barclaycard Ring MasterCard’s Profit Sharing Plan for Real?

Kiplinger’s is quickly becoming my favorite personal finance and investing magazine. I find it has some very useful articles that help me manage our money and investments. Last month Kiplinger’s had an article about a new kind of credit card called the Barclaycard Ring MasterCard®. In this month’s magazine, a reader named Corey wrote a […]


Are Housing Prices Ready for a Rebound?

Late last month the S&P/Case-Shiller housing index was released. The Case-Shiller index tracks housing costs in 20 major metropolitan areas (there is a 10-area composite as well). Between March and April 2012 prices were up, yes up, 0.7%. As compared to the prior year, they were down 1.9%. But that was a smaller decline than […]