Category Archives: Money Stuff

Three (Non)Wishes

A deathless life and wealth beyond compare and never laboring: these are the three conditions legends say we would repair, if granted wishes. Immortality or gold is first, the other next, and work- avoidance makes the third gratuity. Then fables … Continue reading

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Invoicing

A capital proposal – we could bill them more who stalled, ignored or never sent us data; surcharge blamers for their ill behavior; let the way our time is spent assign the dollar rate we multiply. And what’s the charge … Continue reading

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First Job in Second Person

If you were me, you were born in early January. That makes your sun sign Capricorn, and nowhere near a cusp. You never studied astrology, and you were skeptical when you encountered it in 1967, but there was no avoiding … Continue reading

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Buying Heinz

I heard an item on the nightly news last week. I wasn’t paying close attention and I haven’t researched any of the details, but I don’t think that matters. The report mentioned a sale of the Heinz company. That good … Continue reading

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Maeta’s Fable: Retirement Plans

As expected, Goofus and Gallant got jobs after college. Goofus stashed his liberal arts degree in the bottom of the footlocker he used as a coffee table, and went to work in a succession of retail situations. His favorite stint … Continue reading

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$ (1997)

I meditate on money as I make my way to work. I wonder how much stuff a body needs in middle age, to break away from office life. Is it enough invested in a cottage, managed funds, a quarter million … Continue reading

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Fair Market Value

“The only place the word fair appears in the Internal Revenue Code,” Al intoned, is “immediately before the phrase market value.” Al has since retired, but I’ll never forget his words. He was responding to some complaint I voiced about … Continue reading

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