Denver, CO

Grew up in the 70's, worked in finance for 15 years, dabbled in economic theory in school a little too much.

Here to share my insights on economics and finance!

Blog Posts by Michael:

Twelve Reasons I Sleep Well at Night While Investing

When I was in my early 20’s I was adverse to the idea of putting money into retirement accounts. I knew on a basic level that my money was “safe” at my credit union and ...

Personal Finance

Is It Better to Be Hourly or Salary?

In terms of raw take home pay, hourly can be much better compared to a salaried job with long hours. Salaried people should know their equivalent hourly wage especially when working more than 40 hours ...

Personal Finance

Understanding Net Worth

Net worth is a way of measuring your progress towards financial goals. It is calculated by adding up the net market value of your assets and subtracting all your debts. If you want to build ...

Financial Literacy

TD Ameritrade Commission Free ETF Shake Up

TD Ameritrade has decided to change out its entire commission free ETF lineup. They are dropping almost all the Vanguard and iShares ETFs. The list used to have 100 commission free ETFs and now it ...

Personal Finance

Overdraft Protection - What Banks and Thieves Love

If a thief gets into your checking account, they can drain your checking account plus your savings account if overdraft is turned on. Overdraft may not be worth the risk if you have even a ...

Risk Reduction

Don't Plan Your Retirement Saving, Automate It

The best day in my financial life was the day I started automating my retirement contributions. I recall a lot of stress in past years centered around market conditions, getting the ‘best deal’, and second ...

Family and Finances, Personal Finance

Inflation - Why Prices Usually Go Up

Have you ever noticed that prices are slowly rising all the time? That effect is called inflation. We’ll discuss where it comes from and how to make it work in your favor, or at least ...

Financial Literacy