Sending Your Kids Off To College (Ready or Not)

Walking through the airport in mid-August, I was surrounded by swarms of families saying their goodbyes as their teenagers embarked for their freshman college experience. Lingering hugs and tears—parents sending kids off to their next chapter, with lots of fears, hopes and unknowns ahead. I could empathize with them (been there, done that.) It's a… Continue reading>

Lessons in “Jetership”

At 40, Derek Jeter will retire after 20 years of professional baseball, taking with him five World Series rings, fourteen All-Star appearances, five Gold Gloves, five Silver Sluggers, two Hank Aaron awards and the Yankees’ all time hit title. All lame Ford commercials aside, Derek, on the field, stands for giving 100% of yourself to… Continue reading>

What Coffee, Life and Money Happiness Have In Common

My friend—let's call him Jim—is a complete and utter coffee geek. He buys green beans, roasts them to his liking, grinds them to the perfect consistency and measures the exact amount of ground coffee (in grams) for each serving. He—lovingly—prepares his coffee-making machine, making sure the water is at the right temperature before introducing it… Continue reading>

Exercising Your Way To Financial Fitness

Summer's here and everywhere you look there’s another ad to get your body beach-ready. Washboard abs and perfectly-toned limbs, here we come. But how's your financial fitness? If it’s a little saggy in the middle, maybe your financial physique could use a little attention too. A few essential ingredients—and tending to healthy money life habits—will… Continue reading>

Somewhere Between Civilized and Stupid

Finding balance is the mantra on many people’s lips these days. Balance—that rare blissful state where everything just fits—work, family, money, health, learning, community and leisure all melding in lovely balance. All flows together seamlessly. It is a joyful state of one-ness and satisfying happiness. Typically, something happens to bounce you out of your happy place and… Continue reading>

Making Peace With The Market: 7 Habits Of Successful Investors

David Tepper, hedge-fund manager of the $20 billion Appaloosa Management, is nervous about the market (according to Jason Zweig's May 16, 2014 column in the Wall Street Journal). He’s not alone. The domino effect of big time money managers expressing their worry over current market prices is enough to shake confidence and motivate sell orders… Continue reading>