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Change the World But Use the System to Your Advantage

Change the World But Use the System to Your Advantage

I am privileged to have a job where I get to argue for a living. It is great. I get to have some really in-depth intellectual debates with colleagues and students from across the country. I often get into very intense conversations with my colleagues at my university. In particular, I have a colleague where we often debate the economy and retirement. We “argue” but it is always done civilly. And this person is one of my closest colleagues at…

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Book Review: Strangers In Our Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild

Book Review: Strangers In Our Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild

A few months ago one of my colleagues wanted me to review Arlie Russell Hochschild’s book A Stranger In Our Own Land for our faculty magazine. I think the book helps to explain narratives that seems incongruent with each other: why do white working class people vote against their interests? I highly recommend you read it. Here is my review of the book: Can We Bridge America‚Äôs Political Divide? Ever since the election of Donald Trump pundits, policymakers, and politicians…

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Nationalism vs. Globalism–The Movie

Nationalism vs. Globalism–The Movie

I hope you will forgive me for not writing about personal finance today, although this post does certainly impact the global financial markets and our individual portfolios. When I started this blog about 2 1/2 years ago I did say that I would be tracking my personal finance progress, offer articles about tips regarding personal finance, and I would throw in a political blog post every now and then. For the most part, 99% of my posts have been about…

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Are 94 Million People Out of Work?

Are 94 Million People Out of Work?

Last week, as it does every first Friday of the month, the November jobs report came out. And it was pretty good. Unemployment is at 4.6%, over 175,000 jobs were created, and the U-6 unemployment rate (what some call the real unemployment rate) was down to 9.3%. There have been 74 months of job growth, much better than what we had in 2008. All of those are good numbers. However, like any good numbers there also some negatives. One of…

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Politics, Money, and the Value of Work

Politics, Money, and the Value of Work

I don’t know about you but the past two weeks have felt really surreal. I was in Prague for the presidential election and stayed up all night to watch it. As a student of politics I was fascinated by the results. As a partisan I can’t say I was happy about it. Ever since that moment there have been dozens of articles trying to diagnose what went wrong with Hillary Clinton’s candidacy? Was it sexism? Racism? Did she not connect…

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A Little Investment Perspective Amidst the Chaos or Don’t Be a Chicken Little

A Little Investment Perspective Amidst the Chaos or Don’t Be a Chicken Little

As I was going to the gym on Saturday morning I was listening to the Ric Edelman investment show on the radio. For those of you who don’t know Ric Edelman is an award-winning financial planner and New York Times Bestselling author on all things finance. While I don’t agree with everything he says I like listening to him give advice to various callers. He was relaying a story where one of his clients had called him and was apocalyptic…

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Don’t Lose Your Dinosaur

Don’t Lose Your Dinosaur

One of the things I love to do is to watch movies that have sophomoric humor. I am 42 going on 5 and I don’t have a problem with it. One of my favorite movies is StepBrothers. I know it is dumb and totally sophomoric, but I still love it. A couple of days ago TBS was running StepBrothers for the umpteeth time and I had to watch it. As I tuned into the ending (perhaps the best part) I…

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Quick Thoughts on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Quick Thoughts on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Unfortunately, I have been pretty out of it the last couple of days. Mrs. ROB has pneumonia and I caught whatever bug is ailing her. Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal because I could take a day or two off from work and have no problems. However, being sick comes at the wrong time of the year because a new semester is starting and Obama’s State of the Union Address was last night. I love the State of the…

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Election 2014 and Finance

Election 2014 and Finance

So did you vote today? I did and I have to admit I love this time of year. Part of it is because I am a political junkie, part of it is because I love the drama of American politics. A lot of the speculation amongst the pundits is who will win what race, in what state and in what capacity. So what does it mean for financial markets if Republicans win the Senate and we have divided government in…

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