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South Seas - Works Better, Costs Less

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pp. 1-55

A coworker came into my office today to declare the boom in Internet stocks is over. This is certainty, he said, because he’s finally bought some—nibbled at a few, is what he said. Ken is chief counsel where I work, a lawyer from Maryland, and our conversations about stocks often begin this way. He knocks tentatively on my door and asks, “Is the psychiatrist in?” Since this is early in a new year, I guess ...

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Cheap Thrills - Speaks in Madness

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pp. 56-136

Whatever collectors may or may not know about coins, the Mint has learned a lot about them. On average, our customers have purchased coins for longer than ten years. To a man, they are men: women don’t collect coins. They are Caucasian: African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians don’t collect coins, although Asians buy gold coins and Hispanics silver coins as ...

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A Dollar in Hand - Every Picture Tells a Story

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pp. 137-202

A good investment advisor reviews your portfolio with you at least once a year. Around your birthday, perhaps, when you’re prone to look things over anyway, perhaps decide to make changes or at least consciously realize you’re going to coast with things as they are. A little of both in any life and portfolio. It’s a few days before Mother’s birthday, and August is a good time to look at things in the light of day, ...

Sightline Books. The Iowa Series in Literary Nonfiction

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pp. 203-203