Is Cord Blood Worth It? How Parents Should Weigh Blood Banking Costs

July 24, 2011

My wife and I were first confronted with the cord blood banking question leading up to delivery of our first son.  We were the first couple in our group of friends and family to have a child, so it wasn’t a topic we’d heard discussed in other circles.  As I recall, I don’t even think […]

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Can You Answer These 5 Basic Financial Questions? 90% of Americans Can’t

June 16, 2011

Stemming from last week’s post (Disturbing Study: Americans Are HORRIBLE With Money) on the abysmal study results highlighting America’s lack of financial literacy, here are the 5 questions they used to measure people.  Less than 10% of respondents got all of them right.  Are able to get all 5?  Come on, avid readers of Darwin’s […]

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Disturbing Study: Americans Are HORRIBLE With Money – The Stats

June 8, 2011

We all know Americans aren’t very good with their money (and evidently, citizens of many other countries aren’t either, but we’re REALLY bad), but this latest study puts it into perspective with disturbing statistics and approaches to measuring and reporting just how bad most Americans are at understanding the most basic financial principals that many […]

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Warning: Your Pension & Social Security Are Quoted in FUTURE Dollars – How to Convert to Present Value

June 5, 2011

I was playing around with our firm’s pension tool the other day after plopping in assumptions for retirement date, assumed future salary increases and other factors, the model would return what various pension options would pay me per month.  For instance, if I wanted my survivor (wife) to enjoy the same monthly income after my […]

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Should an American Lead the IMF Following Sex Scandal? Odds-Makers Taking Bets Already

May 18, 2011

Following the shocking allegations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn and being hauled off a plane, arrested and denied bail, he now resides under suicide watch awaiting trial.  Apparently, he won’t have the benefit of diplomatic immunity and his ambitions for the next leader of France have obviously been greatly diminished.  On to his replacement…There’s been plenty of […]

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You Won’t Believe What Health Insurance DOES and DOESN’T Cover

May 15, 2011

The NYTimes recently did a nice job of boiling down the data from the Labor Department spelling out what types of services and procedures are generally covered by Health Insurance and which ones aren’t.  This is an interesting chart in that it may shed some light on your plan and how yours stacks up against […]

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