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The Risks of Being In Business With Family

Watch this video on YouTube Every now and then I get a call from a client wanting my opinion about starting a business with a friend, investing money in a business owned by a family member, or co-signing a loan to help a family member buy a business. Being in business...

Collecting Treasures–Or Not

Watch this video on YouTube Almost everyone has a story about a cousin or an aunt who bought a box of junk at an auction and found in it a diamond ring worth several hundred dollars. Every once in a while a valuable painting by a famous artist turns up in...

Spenders, Savers, and Successful Savers

Watch this video on YouTube Are you a spender or a saver? According to Scarborough, a market research firm, only 9% of adults in the U.S. label themselves as spenders. This is the percentage who “mostly agree” with the statement, “I am a spender...

Trusts-No Panacea To Retaining Family Wealth

Watch this video on YouTube When passing wealth to your kids, consider creating a trust to limit the later generation’s ability to tap into the principal. Several astute readers suggested this strategy after my recent column citing research that showed 90% of...

Comparison Shopping for Financial Advice

Watch this video on YouTube You can spot comparison shoppers a few aisles away at any retail store. They are the ones carrying articles from Consumer Reports, badgering the salesperson with a million and one questions. People who manage money well are usually big fans...