Category Archives: Reading

James K. Galbraith at the Clinton School in Little Rock

So, earlier this week there was a lecture from an economist I follow named James K. Galbraith at the Clinton School.  He gave a perky, upbeat* lecture called “The Bleak Past and the Grim Future,” which you can watch online … Continue reading

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My Observations Concur – “How to Reach $1 Million” from Money Magazine

Since I’m a member of the Financial Planning Association, I receive a complementary copy of “Money” magazine each month.  Normally I just give it a quick skim, since it’s a bit… below my technical level.*  This month, however, was different.  … Continue reading

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Book Club for “Women’s Worth”

Last night Conger Wealth Management hosted a book club at our office.  The book we read was “Women’s Worth” by Eleanor Blayney CFP®.  The discussion was fabulous, ranging from money attitudes and habits that are developed in youth to how … Continue reading

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Living Large by Sarah Z. Wexler

It seems that, from time to time, I run in to a certain kind of book.  It’s a book that reads like it was created to get the author paid.  “Living Large” reads like that type of book. A series … Continue reading

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Past Due: The End of Easy Money and the Renewal of the American Economy

This is probably one of the most approachable, readable books about the subprime mortgage meltdown that I’ve read yet.  By Peter S. Goodman, it’s told through the narrative of the crash, and is illustrated by the stories of several everymen.  Examples … Continue reading

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The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine

Those of you who’ve read my post on the book “Too Big To Fail” by Andrew Ross Sorkin know my opinion on wordy, dull books.  I am happy to announce that this book, “The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine” by … Continue reading

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Too Big To Fail

The book bills itself as a “brilliantly reported true-life thriller”.  Despite reading the whole book, I remain unthrilled.  That’s probably because a lengthy tome on the recent economic failure reads like a chronology or recent news stories rather than a … Continue reading

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The Great Depression: A Diary

So I spent the weekend head-down in a book, but boy was it a good one!  By Benjamin Roth, “The Great Depression: A Diary” is a fascinating record of the 1930’s and early 40’s from the perspective of a member of the … Continue reading

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A Great New Read from the “Millionaire Next Door” Series

It’s called “Stop Acting Rich” by Thomas J. Stanley. Stanley, as it so happens, is a market researcher who targets the affluent.  He’s written several other books of the Millionaire Next Door series.  This is his newest piece.  The main … Continue reading

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On Amber Waves of Pain

Quick show of hands, who likes alternative investments? Wow, that’s a lot of hands. Then let me call your attention to Bloomberg’s Businessweek‘s recent article “Amber Waves of Pain.”  Discussing commodity ETFs, it clearly outlines why these alternative investments lag behind their … Continue reading

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