In the theatre of the absurd, self-righteous insurance agents deserve starring roles.
AUTOMATE YOUR BILL PAYING. That way, you’ll avoid late payments—crucial to maintaining a good credit score. The downside: You need to be vigilant about keeping enough in your bank account, so you don’t trigger fees for overdrafts or insufficient funds. This is a particular concern with credit card bills, which can vary so much from one month to the next.
IF THIS TURNS OUT TO BE a major bear market, there will be a slew of articles to be written. It’s the negative correlation enjoyed by every financial writer: Even as our portfolios shrink, our potential for pontification soars.
But what if the market bounces back? It’s almost too painful to contemplate. Think of all the articles that won’t get written. If the past week’s rally continues, here are 10 stories that will have to wait for the next market downturn:
CAR BUYING CAN BE OVERWHELMING, which partly explains why we held onto our 2002 Toyota RAV for as long as we did. When the time came to part ways, we needed to decide whether the replacement would be new or used, how much we were prepared to pay, the features we wanted and what vehicle would meet all our criteria.
These were relatively easy tasks. While I realized that purchasing a used vehicle made more sense financially,
AS AN ATTORNEY AND AUTHOR WHO HAS WRITTEN and lectured extensively on the tax aspects of marriage and divorce, I frequently receive questions from couples contemplating marriage. Generally, they come from similar backgrounds: They’re both affluent. They’re both getting married later in life. They’re both aware of trends in divorce rates.
I urge couples considering marriage to ponder the tax consequences beforehand, especially when one or both of them are remarrying.
I FEAR I AM GROWING WEALTHY at my children’s expense. My investing life began in the late 1980s. Yes, there have been stock market bumps since then, notably the 2000-02 and 2007-09 market crashes, and even a minor hiccup over the past week. But if you look at the broad trend, it’s been three decades of rising stock market valuations.
From year-end 1987 to year-end 2017, the S&P 500’s price-earnings multiple climbed from 13.8 to 24.6,
Jonathan Clements is the founder and editor of HumbleDollar. He spent almost two decades at The Wall Street Journal, where he was the personal finance columnist. His latest book: How to Think About Money.