I'm Stumped: 7 Perplexing Money Questions Without a Good Answer

Earlier this month, British Prime Minister David Cameron offered $1.54 million to the person who could solve mankind’s greatest challenge, whatever that might be. However, before the challenge can officially begin, Mr. Cameron must wait for an official list of the world’s biggest problems from a committee of extremely wise fellows who are now collecting the best suggestions from abroad.

The first candidate problem that immediately crossed my mind was how

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Black Coffee: Oh, the Humanity! Summer's Here and the Markets are Getting Torched

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Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance.

Summer is finally here! Hooray! As I’ve mentioned here before, it’s my favorite season of the year — after spring and fall.

Anyway, I’m not going to spend a lot of time behind the keyboard today because

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Black Coffee: Tanning Taxes, Toilet Paper and Termites

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Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance.

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there! I’m on a slightly compressed schedule this weekend because I’ll be playing a little golf and hanging out with my dear old dad. As such, this is

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A Few Thoughts from Aunt Doris: Well ... It Didn't Seem Funny at the Time!

This is another post in an occasional series from my dear nonagenarian Aunt Doris.

Aunt Doris (circa the good ol' days)

Every once in awhile, almost everyone says or does something so goofy or dumb that they wish the floor would just open and swallow them whole.

When that happens to you, don’t despair; it will eventually become an amusing incident. Lord knows I’ve had more than a few of them over

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Black Coffee: Killer Asteroids and The Joy of Having More Money than Time

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Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance.

Last month I passed a dubious blog milestone: I received my 1-millionth spam comment. I know.

Unfortunately for me, yesterday I was hit by a comment-spammer who attacked me with a relentless fervor that was, truly, something

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Why Some Who Cut Expenses to the Bone Still Can't Make Ends Meet

The other day I was fueling up my car at the local gas station. While I was waiting for the tank to fill, I thought it would be a good idea to get rid of the remains of a ridiculously large bug that was splattered on the windshield.

Unfortunately, the only squeegee I could find was at another pump island that was occupied by a big ol’ cowboy who was filling

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Black Coffee: A French Grasshopper Walks Into a Bar ...

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I heard this the other day and it made me laugh …

A man walks into a bar and orders a grasshopper. On his way home, the man meets a real grasshopper and says, “Hey! Did you

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Smart Tips for Traveling Abroad During the Economic Downturn

Over the last five years the economic downturn has affected most of the Western world. In Europe some have been hit harder than others and this has had a knock-on effect on the travel and tourism industries in these countries. You have probably heard of the crises in Spain, Greece and to a lesser extent Portugal, Iceland and Ireland – but what does this mean for tourism and those considering

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Black Coffee: Why I Won't Be Going Out for Sushi and Drinks This Weekend

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Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance.

For those of you here in America who will be enjoying your barbecues and family gatherings over the long weekend, please don’t forget to take a minute to remember the brave men and women who died

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Black Coffee: Why Nobody is Buying Venezuela's Economic 'Poo Poo' Platter

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Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance.

Now that Matthew is 16, he’ll be heading to the DMV this coming Monday to get his driver’s permit, which explains why he’s busy cramming for his upcoming exam.

You know, the last time I ever saw

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