My IRA had half the return of ...

Jan 29, 2011 by

On New Year’s Day, I calculated the rate of return of both my regular investing portfolio and my Roth IRA. I found that...

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Capital Gains Taxes

Dec 26, 2010 by

The government encourages all sorts of economically-inefficient behavior. But, until we can change the laws, we must play by the rules...

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Measuring Affluence and Povert...

Nov 25, 2010 by

Today, I tried to use an automated teller machine (ATM) that was malfunctioning. In order to determine when the problem occurred, I...

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Adam's Law of Hotel Wi-Fi

Oct 26, 2010 by

Adam’s Law of Hotel Wi-Fi is: “The cheaper the room price, the cheaper, more plentiful, and less encumbered the...

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Saving Money – The Joys ...

Sep 14, 2010 by

The magical thing about eBay is that it allows manufacturers to cut out the middle man. It is perhaps the largest and most diverse...

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Why is Canada Expensive?

Aug 30, 2010 by

A few weeks ago, I attended the Academy of Management annual meeting in Montreal, Canada. Having recently written an entry on the...

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The Cost of Living in China

Jul 31, 2010 by

Last year, I went to Germany and compared German and American prices. This year brought me to the Chinese eastern seaboard, where I...

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Reducing Unemployment – ...

Jun 25, 2010 by

The minimum wage in the United States is $7.25 per hour as of 2010. At that rate, a person working 2,000 hours per year (50 weeks of...

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