It’s been said that failing to plan is planning to fail — especially with respect to personal finances. And although you may be prepared, one of the biggest mistakes any household CEO can make is to abandon their financial plan during extended periods of good or bad fortune. Why? Because, for those who lack the discipline to stay the course, raw emotion may erroneously trump the sound reasoning that was
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Internationally-known daredevil Karl Wallenda earned his fame by performing acrobatic acts high above the ground — without a safety net.
For years, Wallenda had performed his dangerous stunts countless times without incident, but on March 22, 1978, his luck finally ran out. While walking 121 feet above the pavement on a high-wire stretched between two towers of a Puerto Rico hotel, an unfortunate combination of improper rigging and strong wind gusts
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Most folks are really good about making sure they have the proper amount of insurance for their home and automobiles. But when it comes to ensuring the survival of their family in rough economic times, well … not so much.
I recently explained why I believe an economic collapse is inevitable and what it would look like.
If history is any guide, the good news is that economic collapse won’t result in
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Sometimes it’s not easy being an ant. Especially when you’re living among a bunch of grasshoppers.
There’s a well-known Aesop fable about an oblivious grasshopper who spent his summer days living the high life and mocking an industrious ant, who was busy building a shelter and storing food for the coming winter.
Of course, we all know how that worked out for the grasshopper. After winter arrived, the well-prepared ant found himself
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Risk and reward are inextricably intertwined. Of course, the richest rewards come to those who are willing to take the biggest risks. The oft-forgotten corollary to that strategy is that, by its very nature, high risk endeavors also have a greater chance of failure. That’s why most successful entrepreneurs and investors carefully evaluate risks and identify corresponding contingency plans before making a big decision.
The bottom line: Whether it’s a significant
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The face value of this silver quarter is 25 cents, but it's really worth a whole lot more.
Back in 1964, a gallon of gasoline cost about 25 cents in the United States. That’s right. Believe it or not, way back in 1964, you could buy a gallon of gas for a quarter.
It just so happens that 1964 was the last year that the US Treasury minted silver coins, including
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I’m not a big football fan. Oh sure, I occasionally enjoy watching football on television. But, unlike hockey and baseball, I rarely bother buying tickets to attend football games in person.
That being said, this past weekend my buddy had an extra ticket to a college football game between USC and Arizona State, so I eagerly tagged along.
Anyway, as I was sitting in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum blissfully watching the
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At some point in life, everyone has hit some rough financial times. Sometimes, these financial problems are brought on by the ignorance of youth, other times they are brought on by coincidence, and they can even be caused by catastrophes beyond your control. No matter how it happens, it’s clear that you can’t allow financial disasters decide how your life will play out.
Your life is your own, and it doesn’t
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In Alexa Russell’s post today, she writes about how, for some non-Americans, investing in an English bachelors degree or higher, can lead to employment in SEO, technical writing and online content management. Alexa has authored several pieces on the jobs available to English degree graduates.
Although an English degree might not end up on Len’s list of the 10 worst things ever bought, it might not be far from the truth
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As this penny illustrates, even the United States Mint occasionally makes money mistakes.
I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve made more than a few mistakes in my lifetime. After all, everybody screws up occasionally; for us humans, mistakes come with the territory.
For example, I remember the time I decided it would be great fun to play Wii golf for eight consecutive hours. So I did.
Unfortunately for me, my middle-aged left
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