Using a Rented Nikon Lens in Guatemala

We’re back from Guatemala! It was a wonderful trip. Before we left, I wrote about an $1,800 Nikon lens that I rented for the trip for $210. It turns out the lens (70-200 F2.8) is spectacular. Here is the lens, and as promised, here are some of the pictures I took using the lens. Let […]

The Myth of Zero-Down Real Estate Investing

“No Money Down!” You hear this all the time from infomercials and cheesy real estate books trying to convince us that we can make millions in real estate without making a down payment. To good to be true? Of course. I recently bought my fourth single family rental home. Here are the details about the […]

Using the Morningstar Mutual Fund Screener Tool

The Morningstar User’s Guide is a series of articles discussing how to make the best use of the tools, research, and analysis available at There are literally thousands of mutual funds out there. Finding the funds that are right for you often seems like searching for a needle in a haystack. Fortunately, Morningstar has […]

The Illusion of Control

I was in the bookstore the other day flipping through Why We Want You to be Rich: Two Men – One Message, a book by Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki. In the book, Kiyosak’s major theme (he and The Donald write separate sections) is control. Basically, real estate moguls and business owners have control, while […]

What Job (not Steve, think the Bible) Can Teach Us About Fear & Money

I love the story of Job. The book of Job is considered by many to be the oldest book in the Bible. It is the story of a man who lost his family, his health, and his wealth, but not his faith. It is the story of man who had wealth, but managed to avoid […]

Teaching Kids about Money in Chi-Chi Castenango, Guatemala

Hello, from Guatemala! My family and I have been traveling through Guatemala for the past week and have several more days to go. One town we visited was Chi-Chi Castenango, which is a wonderful town with lots of street shopping. This gave my kids a great opportunity to learn about money and bargaining. They had […]