The Other Iraq

I just returned from a visit to the Kurdish region of Iraq. While the Kurdish region is close to some troubled areas of Iraq, it is quite distinct and separate from them. Iraqi Kurdistan, as the region is commonly called, is a very safe travel destination if you are a...

Why I Went to Côte d’Ivoire

A little over a month ago, I traveled to Côte d’Ivoire. Formerly known as Ivory Coast (its name was legally changed to its French translation), it is a country on the west coast of Africa near the equator. That place was hot! In most cities, the daily temperature was...

Dude, Where’s My Cash Reserve?

Dude, where’s my cash reserve is never a question you should be asking yourself. Having 6 months of expenses in an FDIC insured account is the only way to go. You shouldn’t have any less, but circumstances may cause you to need more. Cherish that cash reserve. Be...

Dear Retirees – Hang Loose Don’t Hang Ten

Dear Retirees, I wanted to start by congratulating you on getting to this point. You’ve worked hard for a number of years and have had the discipline to consistently save and accumulate the nest egg you have today. No more having to wake up at 4-5 AM in the morning to...

Stay Hungry My Friends

It has been over seven years since we were mired in the Great Recession. Over seven years since some of us had to work twice as hard for half the pay, worry about whether our job was safe, or be concerned about whether we were going to find a new job after being laid...