The Financial Freedom of Owning Less

“Money is freedom.” This popular money script contains considerable truth. Having money can provide a lot of options and flexibility that are not possible without money. However, since all money scripts are partial truths, money doesn’t always bring...

Why We Avoid Getting Advice From Financial Professionals

One in four Americans didn’t get a routine medical checkup in 2019, and 3.3 million Americans have never had a regular checkup. These alarming statistics were presented in a March 18, 2020, Business Insider article by Zoe Ettinger. The flipside of these numbers—which...

Frugality Syndrome: Making The Shift From Saving To Spending

I have exhibited tendencies toward pyromania most of my life. As a Boy Scout, my favorite activity was starting and stoking a campfire. As an adult, my best birthday gift ever was a flame thrower designed by my son which made quick work of a pile of pinecones and...

How Much is “Rich?” Income Vs. Net Worth

How much money does it take to be wealthy? As I’ve pointed out in previous columns, this is basically an unanswerable question. It depends on too many variables, such as social norms, personal circumstances, accounting methods, lifestyle, and financial...

Market Crashes To Be Expected, Not Feared

A lot of stock market experts are concerned that the market is overheated and ripe for a new bear market. One of those expecting a bear market is Shawn Williams of Motley Fool, in a May 8, 2021, post, “A case is mounting for a big drop in the stock...

Inflated Fears of “Rigged” Markets and Hyperinflation

Our economy is recovering; the stock market is booming. Yet I’m hearing investors express much more fear now than they did last March when the stock market was falling off a cliff. I see a couple of reasons for this. First, market movements are largely emotional...