Category Archives: Personal Finance

(Credit) Card Games

Seems to me, the bigger companies are, the more they manipulate customers. Financial institutions are arguably the most deft at this. We had been using the same couple of credit cards for several years when I recently spied an ad for a … Continue reading

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We’re Talking Real Money Here!

Personal finance has always been an interest of mine, but I haven’t always done a good job of it. Turns out, I’m not alone. The Atlantic recently published an article that leads out with the following simple quiz: Do you … Continue reading

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Student Loan, Leech on Society?

In a previous post I asserted that the quality of a college degree is more a function of talent and work ethic than it is of instructional quality, and that universities are basically selling prestige and a monopolistic imprimatur.  The … Continue reading

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Selling The Sizzle But Not The Steak

America’s lucrative education industry touts the meme that a college degree is necessary to success in life.  This notion is firmly embedded in our culture, in the minds of students and business leaders alike.  A typical article on this appeared … Continue reading

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Financial Reputations

Americas have a continuing love/hate relationship with government.  On the one hand we hate to be told what to do, but on the other we like to have someone in a neutral corner to arbitrate disputes in the interest of … Continue reading

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The Regular Recurrence Factor

“Ain’t it awful?”, my life’s companion and domestic engineer asked.  She was referring to our electric bill which was about $95.  Why, she asked rhetorically, should it be so unreasonably high? Well, it has been inching up over the last couple … Continue reading

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Gas Prices Bad For The Economy!

Headlines seem to be a bit like movie titles.  I understand there is no prohibition or law against using a movie title that has been used before, and I think book titles are the same.  Similarly, headlines are apparently made … Continue reading

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