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

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 […]

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

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 […]

How to Survive (and Thrive) in a Recession

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 […]

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, […]