Category Archives: My Soapbox

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We Are Not Teaching Smart Money

I enjoy giving my great friend and partner, John Hardy, grief by saying he’s a “monkey with a machine gun” when he gets new technology.  His new iphone is much more artillery than his skill level.  Words like “Safari” or … Continue reading

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All Aboard…

This Saturday, I have the honor of being the best man in my youngest child, and only son, William’s wedding.  William, age 26, is marrying a beautiful young lady, Shannon McGuire.  Christy and I could not be happier.  Our family … Continue reading

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The Italian Experience

Buon Giorno from Greensboro, North Carolina.  My daughter, a Junior at UNC, has had the fortune to study abroad this semester in Florence, Italy.  When you and I were going to school, studying abroad meant something totally differently (key words….a … Continue reading

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Your Comfort Zone

I thought I’d take a break from talking about money directly and provide you with something to personally consider. Have you noticed we are surrounding ourselves with distractions and “things” all day long?  Cell phones, computer screens, work environment, cars, … Continue reading

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Some Painless 2012 Resolution Suggestions

As we stare at the New Year before us, we all make promises of self-improvement.  Whether it’s shedding some extra baggage or dropping a bad habit or two, we go through this exercise every December. I’d like to give you … Continue reading

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My Christmas Wish List

Now that the near riots of Black Friday have come and gone and so has the virtual shopping of Cyber Monday, I thought I might ask for a few things of my own.  All this talk of record retail numbers … Continue reading

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It’s Jobs…Stupid

Former President Bill Clinton has Democratic strategist James Carville to thank for his successful 1992 Presidential victory by coining the phrase, “It’s the economy…stupid.” Carville had the Clinton election team focus their campaign on the 1991 recession and the weakening … Continue reading

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