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Lessons from the Road

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Helmet time often produces deep thought. On my motorcycle for 40 days this summer, I had a lot of helmet time. Among other things, I pondered relationships, physics, environmental economics, disease, mortality and the direction I want to take my life. Fear as a ... Read More »

Gotta Watchit

PBS is airing a great series called Mind Over Money. In the aftermath of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, NOVA presents “Mind Over Money”—an entertaining and penetrating exploration of why mainstream economists failed to predict the crash of 2008 and why we so often make irrational financial ... Read More »

Home Office Design Tips — From a Financial Advisor?

With financial reform and the worldwide economic meltdown on most everyone’s mind, sending a newsletter with fluff like this makes me question whether this advisor is in the loop or out to lunch. C’mon, talk to me about something you’re a credentialed expert in! Read More »

Gotta Love footnoted.org

Financial pros and self-directed investors alike appreciate the work that Michelle Leder at footnoted.org does speaking truth about powerful businesses and the people they overpay to run them. Good to know someone’s on the job ferreting out the things companies try to bury in their routine SEC filings. Ms Leder ... Read More »

February Book Lust

No, the Birthday Fairy didn’t bring me a Nook last month, but now I wonder if I should hold out for an iPad. Your suggestions? BUT WAIT! This just in! Apparently I’m not the only one who didn’t know you could download the Kindle software to a PC and start ... Read More »

BofA Taking one for Team USA?

In a banking town like Charlotte, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a VP of one bank or another. Well, these days make that “or a former VP.” One of my friends works for Bank of America and another is a criminal defense lawyer. The banker persists that ... Read More »

Banker Motivation

As I mentioned in December Book Lust I’m reading Dan Pink’s new book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. The book’s publisher had perfect timing, with  January’s headlines of banker bonuses and the prospect of taxing TARP recipients. There’s a lot of hand wringing about what will happen ... Read More »

PIMCO’s Ring of Fire

Scroll down for writing prompts, bloggers & newsletter writers. In my occasional series of publicly (and respectfully) editing business writing, this time I offer unsolicited advice to PIMCO, a leading global investment management firm, which publishes respected and widely-read newsletters. Today I read  The Ring of Fire, written Mr William ... Read More »

January Book Lust

This month we have a fiction entry in Book Lust by writer Barrie Abalard, who reviews the latest book in the series that inspired the Golden Globe winning “Dexter” TV series. Want to review a book for February? Please let me know. In the continuing discussion about e-readers I asked ... Read More »

Repaying the Debt with Alchemy/Science

John Hodgman has quite a gig going with his “You’re Welcome” series on The Daily Show. This one’s terrific — our debt ceiling is now a “debt convertible.” “Also like a convertible our economy is expensive, impractical and only seats a couple of wealthy jerks.” Stewart asks Hodgman what we ... Read More »