Random Thoughts

What I Learned About Life & Money From Binge-Watching The Revenant.

I’m here. I’ll be right here. But you don’t give up. You hear me? As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe, keep breathing. Shallow breath that accompanies overwhelming grief, is as heavy as glass-jagged ice that packs arteries deep in earth’s wilderness. Cut channels form and wind through an eternity of […]

10 Questions to ask your Adviser. Right Now. Today.

He was annoyed with me after a while. He said I asked too many questions.” It’s tough for me to imagine speaking these words to a client or anyone seeking guidance. I don’t have the guts. Or the hubris. Or the stupidity. I wonder about (and I’m thankful) for complacency among some advisers. It allows […]

How To Survive a Retirement: The 3 Questions.

In the AMC’s hit drama “The Walking Dead,” where the world is overrun by rotting corpses with a desire to feed on the living, there’s something even greater to fear. The survivors. Staying alive in a post-apocalyptic society appears to bring out the worst of what’s left of humanity. People are ruthless killers. Strength in […]

Watch For Dust People: 5 Lines Of Defense.

“You don’t have to try to keep the tears back. You couldn’t cry if you wanted to. You couldn’t cry if you wanted to. Even your thoughts are dust. Even your thoughts are dust.” Lucinda Williams The Dusters thrive among us. In the misty whirlwind of false, trenchant phrases and guy-hemorrhaging head games you’ll be captured. […]

Watch For Dust People: 5 Lines Of Defense.

“You don’t have to try to keep the tears back. You couldn’t cry if you wanted to. You couldn’t cry if you wanted to. Even your thoughts are dust. Even your thoughts are dust.” Lucinda Williams The Dusters thrive among us. In the misty whirlwind of false, trenchant phrases and guy-hemorrhaging head games you’ll be captured. […]

Five Lessons from an Urban Supermarket.

Random Thoughts of a Money Muse Damn you Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Detectives: Damn you all to hell! The first/best “DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!” ever. The original “Planet of the Apes.” I believe Hollywood has had the balls to remake this film like three times.  Eckhart Tolle, known as the “father of inner […]

Three Financial Lies that can Reset or Ruin your Retirement.

A version of this writing appears in MarketWatch’s Retirement Weekly. The financial sector still gets a bad rap. Seven years after the financial crisis. Justifiably so. In his 2013 book “Finance & The Good Society,” economist Robert Shiller describes a utopia where finance can benefit today’s society. He identifies how financial innovations of the past, […]

Rules To Live & Die By: Life, Money & Otherwise.

I appreciate rules. Rules derived from the heart and mind have saved me. Rules, forged from experience, can safeguard precious resources – financial and otherwise. They will protect you from losing your pants. Naked rules are best. Pure, simple, raw. Here are mine. What are yours? Random Thoughts: Part I: Life Rules. If a woman […]