From Gary: “IT SAYS HERE THAT THE VOLUME OF CORRESPONDENCE MAY NOT PERMIT YOU TO REPLY INDIVIDUALLY. I’LL TURN IT DOWN… there. that’s better. now we can talk. i saw your holiday interview on cnbc, and thought, someone to pay attention to. (quick background: i’m a financial non-entity, with large debt due to indifference and […]
A linguistics professor was lecturing to his class one day.
“In English,” he said, “a double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative.”
“However,” he pointed out, “there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative.”
A voice from the back […]
As usual, the most interesting comments on my subject came not from me but from you.
From Chris: In reference to volunteerism, I, too, have no illusions about achieving the sort of social relevance of a Ben Franklin. But I have pursued volunteerism for the past 18 years at an average of perhaps 5-7 […]
From Pete Kirby: "Every time a capital gains tax is brought up in the news, there seems to be quite a stir that it would only benefit ‘the rich.’ I am not rich. I do, however, invest in the stock market and have done pretty well. I tend to hold my positions for long periods […]
From Paul Siu:
I remember reading about Roth IRA in your column and decided to give Roth a look. However, I found that Roth has some hidden complexities. I have a small 401K, and a small IRA. I want to contribute to an IRA [before April 15, 1998] for the 1997 tax year. Finally, I […]
From Jim Harbaugh:“I recently encountered another postal nightmare. On 11/3/97 I shipped a one-pound parcel priority mail and insured it for $100.00. The total distance to the addressee was 225 miles. After 3 weeks I called the addressee and they said it had not been received. I took my insured receipt and went to the […]
Two from Jeffrey Schwarz:
Yahoo, the Internet search company, reported that it earned $0.05 a share on a pro-forma basis. What is “pro-forma basis”?
Pro-forma means, essentially, “as if” — e.g., in the case of a merger or prospective merger, the results are issued as if the merger had already taken place, and […]
So comes in the mail one of the most appealing requests for funds I’ve ever gotten: A brief letter clipped to a clear proposal for a specific project called THE SMILE TRAIN. (Brief, clear and specific: already a plus.)
"Since you’re a big fan of leverage, and ‘bang for your buck,’" ran the letter, […]
"I would rather have it said ‘He lived usefully’ than ‘He died rich.’" — Benjamin Franklin (as quoted in the Fall American Benefactor)
So if you have no time to do any more than you’re doing, as is likely, perhaps you’d want to send a check. (Better still, donate appreciated securities held at least […]
“I would rather have it said ‘He lived usefully’ than ‘He died rich.’” — Benjamin Franklin (as quoted in the Fall American Benefactor)
The trick, as I suggested yesterday, is not knowing how to get rich. (Work really hard, save and invest every penny you can, stir and allow to simmer for three decades.) […]
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If you think it's messy there, said Albert Einstein of his paper-strewn office, you should see it up here, he smiled, pointing to his head.~.
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