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Fisherman

The header photo is a shout out to one of my favorite stories about earning, consumption and contentment: One day a fisherman was sitting on a bench on a lovely pier, watching the tide come in. His fishing pole propped up and he was very relaxed. A businessman came walking down the beach trying to [...]

By | October 4th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fisherman

A Non-Obvious Benefit to a Down Market

It's upsetting when the stock markets are down and our investments have lost value. Certainly, it'd be better to have not lost the money in the first place, but given that we have, there are a few non-intuitive benefits. I was working with a client recently who should sell some old investments since the funds [...]

By | October 3rd, 2011|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Investment and Justice

In my introductory FAQ I address commons questions folks in the 20-40 range face about money. Conspicuously absent from that post was a broad discussion of how ethical considerations ought to impact investment decisions. There are a few basic approaches to Socially Responsible Investing (SRI): Negative Screening: this approach removes companies that the investor thinks are problematic. You might, for [...]

By | September 30th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Investment and Justice

Tithing

What are our philanthropic obligations? How much should we give to charity/justice? When? These aren't new questions. Tithing is the oldest known Jewish Israelite solution to this problem, though it is was practiced much more widely: Tithes were common throughout the ancient Near East, as well as in Lydia, Arabia, and Carthage. My goal is to have my annual [...]

By | September 30th, 2011|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress.com. After you read this, you should delete and write your own post, with a new title above. Or hit Add New on the left (of the admin dashboard) to start a fresh post. Here are some suggestions for your first post. You can find new ideas for what to blog about by [...]

By | September 20th, 2011|Uncategorized|1 Comment