These two messages are self-explanatory. I have high regard for the writers of both.
Tandy’s message: Awhile back, you kindly introduced us to the new E*FUND account of CITIZEN’S TRUST. When I wrote and told you I’d opened an account, you asked for feedback. I could not imagine that I’d ever have anything to say […]
Tom Quillen from Chattanooga writes:
I have been a student and investor of closed-end funds for many years — I think since reading about them in one of your books.
I have bought most at large discounts on the premise that they will either reduce their discount or open end. In fact, I had […]
Enough foolin’ around, guys. Christmas is coming, not to mention Chanukah — almost gone! — Kwanza and Lew’s birthday. (Lew, in addition to being handsome and witty and my stepfather, was born on 12/12/12 at — I choose to believe — 12 minutes past 12. Happy birthday, Lew.)
The point is, there are only a […]
How often are we bombarded with requests for money, especially this time of year? Even the most generous among us has to say no much of the time. Indeed, the more generous you are, the more you are asked, and the more you are asked, the more you have to say no.
Take Andrew Carnegie. […]
In keeping with the last few days’ topic of charitable giving, and with my addiction to “historic documents,” I wanted to share a couple of letters from my “collection.”
The first is a letter written at this same time of year 63 years ago, in 1933, when things were tough. It comes from Paul Warburg, […]
If you’re planning to leave some money to charity when you die, and if you have an IRA, consider naming that charity as the beneficiary of your IRA. That will save the income tax your heirs would otherwise have to pay on it. Give your heirs “regular” money from outside your IRA instead — money […]
Most of you know, if you give money to good works (or tax-deductible works, anyway), you can save a lot of money in taxes by giving appreciated securities instead.
Not only do you get the tax deduction for the gift, you avoid the capital gains tax that otherwise would have been due. In the case […]
Believe me, I am major flattered to have NBC News care a whit about my opinion. And I know well that only a few seconds of any interview will make it into a story. But I do think the billionaires got off easy.
If you saw the story Monday night, you know it was a […]
Did you see the recent story on Marriott in Business Week? It talks of the job Marriott does managing its $7 an hour workers. I got to this part and couldn’t help circling it:
“Every day I put on this uniform, just like an NBA player,” proudly proclaims Thong Lee, a bartender who has worked […]
I don’t know if they’re in your neck of the woods, but many of us have heard those ads for Dial-a-Mattress — just dial 800-MATTRES (“and leave the last S off for Saving”). Well, you can put it back on again for “Service.”
I know we’re supposed to be doing all this via Internet, and […]
Quote of the Day
On Hollywood Squares, gay comedy writer Bruce Vilanch was asked: You are the most popular fruit in America. What are you? His answer: Humble. (The correct answer? Banana.)~.
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