Become a Patron! This is the second entry in what will be an occasional series about my navigation of the District of Columbia's universal paid family and medical leave program. You can find the first entry here. Getting your application ready Like every interaction with the government here, applying for leave requires filling out a series of forms. In the District of … [Read more...] about My paid family leave journey: application, timing, hiccups, and approval
Become a Patron! One of the most frustrating things that comes up almost immediately when you start talking to people about money is the way people treat certain purely regulatory or legislative figures as having some kind of moral or persuasive value. The example that has driven me crazy for years is the advice to "contribute enough to your 401(k) to maximize your … [Read more...] about Minimums, Anchors, and Thresholds
Become a Patron! Via TravelBloggerBuzz, last week I read a fascinating story about the resolution of a FINRA arbitration complaint against two JPMorgan financial advisors by their grandmother, whose money they had supposedly misallocated for the benefit of themselves and their employer. Unfortunately, for the usual reason (laziness) the business journalist was unable to … [Read more...] about What’s the real story behind the zillionaire widow defrauded by her grandsons?
Become a Patron! One of my favorite concepts to tell people about is "affordable luxuries," the things that barely make a dent in your bank account but immediately spark joy: cheap candles, nice towels, or a new filter in your refrigerator. There are times when spending a lot of money will make you a lot happier, and there are times when spending just a buck or two will make … [Read more...] about Cheap lessons
Become a Patron! Attributing quotes to famous dead people is, as the great Greek poet Homer is said to have once remarked, one of mankind's oldest storytelling traditions. In that spirit, I want to pass along Margaret Thatcher's famous answer when asked to name her greatest achievement in office: "Tony Blair and New Labour. We forced our opponents to change their … [Read more...] about Donor-advised funds are in the news, here’s why it matters