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An Unconventional Indicator for the State of Our Health

I love unconventional indicators. Longtime readers might remember my “Cabbie Index” or how I can tell a lot from the economy based on my breakfast bagel. But some health circles noted another “index” recently – sales at bookseller Barnes & Noble. That’s because the retailer reported last month that in 2017, sales of books about anxiety jumped more than 25%. This makes sense to us. We’ve seen spikes in stress levels over the past year, both in our office and personal lives. And…

This Hasn’t Burned Your Portfolio Yet… But It’s About To

Doc’s note: It’s one of the most important ways to avoid risk in your portfolio and probably something you haven’t thought about. Today, I’m sharing an essay from my friend and colleague Dr. Steve Sjuggerud that details a portfolio mistake most investors are guilty of making… and how to fix it. I bet you’re guilty of it. If you are, don’t feel bad. You’re not alone… Nearly all investors are guilty. If you’re an American who sticks to buying U.S. stocks, you’ve gotten lucky…

Building Wealth

Buy the Noise

In July 2010, sports fans either hated LeBron James or they loved him… And I’m sure it was more hate than love at the time. LeBron had already established himself as one of the best players in the National Basketball Association (NBA) after playing seven seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers. His statistics were incredible. And he was even voted as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player twice over that stretch. But he was never able to get over the hump and deliver a…

Spending Wisely

My Secret to Saving Thousands on School Tuition

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how ridiculously expensive colleges are nowadays. Dozens of colleges, like George Washington University in Washington, D.C., have the gall to charge more than $55,000 per year for tuition. Consider that according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the average household income is just $67,565. So you’d have spent more than 80% of a year’s income on one year of college. George Washington isn’t alone. The eight Ivy League schools all charge…

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Your Top Life-Saving Tips

I asked, and you answered… Earlier this week, I asked you for your best fall-prevention tips. You, my readers, are some of my favorite resources. So before we get to this week’s Q&A, I want to share just a few of the fall-prevention tips you’ve sent in… “I can give you a great tip to prevent falling, watch where you are going, take your time, be aware of the surrounding around you. I can attest to this tip, as I fell in June. I…

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Living Well

Get Ready: Flu Season Is Already Here

I can tell it’s already cold and flu season with just one look around the office. There are people coughing, blowing their noses, and struggling through fatigue. Typically, flu season doesn’t really start until October. But we’ve already seen confirmed cases in the U.S. Just last week, a plane landing at JFK airport in New York had 19 people taken off with illness. Several of them tested positive for the flu. The only thing that travels faster than the flu seems to…

Travel

Seven Essential Items for Summer Travels

Late summer means a lot of travel. Whether it’s trips to the beach or a vacation before the kids or grandkids go back to school, plenty of folks are getting ready for a trip. What’s more, according to a poll from CBS, more folks prefer to travel in September. If you aren’t traveling with children, that’s a great time to travel thanks to smaller crowds and cooler temperatures. I travel a lot. And over the years, I’ve picked up on some tricks…