Comparing Valuations: 1999/2000 to 2017/2018

The US equity market large companies are trading at an average P/E of about 19 today. That looks positively reasonable to valuations at the turn of 1999 into 2000.

How Airlines Price Flights

Everything you ever wanted to know about some flights are expensive and some are not...

Trump: Greatest Ever at Presidential Bad Polling!!

If only presidential approval ratings were enforceable....

One Reason People Gamble: Relative Value

Most people understand that gambling is a low probability endeavor. Bet a little for a chance to win a lot.  With such low odds of success, why do otherwise rational persons 'waste' their money. The answer is relative value.

Regret Minimization

The recent stratospheric rise in the value of Bitcoin has me thinking about how best to think about when to sell a rapidly inflated investment. As many of you know, the new-ish science of 'behavioral science' teaches us to beware of our instincts when trying to make financial decisions.

Santa's Mid Life Crisis

Best Universities in the World - U.C. Berkeley Rated Top Public College - Again!

My alma mater, UC Berkeley, retains its standing as the world’s No. 1 public and fourth-best university overall in U.S.

Top Five Regrets of The Dying

As a comprehensive financial planner I often engage clients in discussions about working toward aligning their deepest held values with their practical goals. The aim being to live a better more fullfiling life and being sure that all your daily efforts are working towards meaningful outcomes.

Is $100,000 middle class in America?

There’s a prolonged pause when I ask Lyft driver Gaby Osegueda if her family is middle class. Her smile fades as she thinks about it for a while.

“Yeah, I think so. I don’t even know what the middle class is anymore,” says Osegueda, who with her husband earns nearly $100,000 a year in the San Francisco area.

Credit Reports - A Timely Subject

Given the recent spate of revelations of new (and old) data breaches endangering millions of American's financial identities, I thought it might be a good time to revisit a John Oliver clip from 2014 on American's relationship with their credit reports. See the video after the jump...

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