2 Steps to Get Out of Debt Fast

"When a man is in love or in debt, someone else has the advantage." - Bill Balance Do you spend more than you make? I used to. When I started working as an editor at a Washington, D.C.-based newsletter publishing company, my salary was $14,000. My wife was earning...

Get Your Toddlers Set Up for College

"The need for a college education is even more important now than it was before, but I think that the increased costs are a very severe obstacle to access. It is an American dream, and I think that one of our challenges is to find a way to make that available." - Roy...

Wealth AND Happiness in 2007, Part 3

"What you get by achieving your goals is as important as what you become by achieving your goals." - Henry David Thoreau Last Friday, in ETR #1931, I started this series of articles by telling you about my conversation with friend and former partner JG. He helped me...

Wealth AND Happiness in 2007, Part 1

"A man has to have goals - for a day, for a lifetime - and that was mine, to have people say, 'There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived.'" - Ted Williams This week, while trying to write two New Year's resolution articles for ETR - one on wealth and...

When Helping People Hurts

"Neither a borrower nor a lender be; / For loan oft loses both itself and friend, / And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry." - Polonius, in Shakespeare's Hamlet I have a weakness for helping people. Helping someone in need makes me feel stronger and better somehow....

How Much Wealth Do You Need?

"The trappings of lifestyle are often that - traps." - Thomas Leonard On Monday, I talked about Lee Eisenberg's book The Number, which asks the question: How much money do you need to retire? The book is full of interesting data and some good ideas - but it never...

What’s Your Number?

"Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to." - Harry Emerson Fosdick How much money do you need to retire? To quit working and be financially secure for the rest of your life? Have you thought about that? Lee Eisenberg has. In fact, he's written...

The Baby-Boomer Money Problem

"Our seniors' retirement should never rely on the bull of political promises or the bear of the market." -  Barbara Mikulski Recently, ETR reader Chris Collier wrote me the following e-mail: Dear Mr. Masterson, "You are always talking about starting to invest and...

What Can You Do About Gasoline Prices?

Gasoline prices in America are higher than they've ever been. According to some observers, the situation is bordering on a national crisis. The question is: What can you do about it? When confronted by challenges like these, we have two possible ways of responding. We...

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