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Let’s Go Exploring! Piestany and Bratislava: Slovakian Spa Paradise

After the disappointment of AquaCity in Poprad, we decided to go for a do-over in Piestany, where they was a entire island full of spas—appropriately named “Spa Island”. As soon as we arrived we knew we were going to have an intense relaxation experience given that people from all over the world (60% of the people who visit Spa island are foreigners) come all the way to Slovakia to get treatment for all sorts of ailments—like rheumatic arthritis, muscle injuries, and overall stress relief. The treatments are so successful and world renown that their symbol for Spa island is this: […]

Volatility Is Not Your Enemy

Well, this has been an exciting few days in the stock market hasn’t it? On Friday, February 2nd, the Dow Jones plummeted 666 points, the single worst performing day of the stock market in Trump’s presidency. On Monday, February 5th, the Dow did even worse, slumping another 1175 points, marking the biggest one-day drop (in # of points) in the Dow Jones’ history. And then on Tuesday February 6th, the Dow opened down another 567 points, only to close up 567 points, for a stunning 1134-point intra-day swing. This has caused no shortage of breathless commentary from wheezing talking-heads on […]

What Did the Neighbours Pay?!?

The other day a reader sent me this article on the CBC talking about the experience buying a home right now for some hapless Canadian buyers. Basically, this couple bought a pre-construction property in Whitby (a suburb of Toronto) last year and were shocked to learn that new people buying into the development right next to them were paying up to $90,000 less than they did. All in a matter of months. To come back a year later and see the same house that we bought is now $90,000 cheaper, that’s not cool,” Thompson, 52, said in an interview. ~What Did the […]

Chautauqua: Come Join the Family!

We’re already seeing a ton of interest for Chautauqua Greece this year, so if you already know what it’s about and want to sign up, click here. If not, continue reading below: *** Sometimes a singular experience grabs you, changes you, and you are never ever the same. I’ve only had three of these experiences in my lifetime. First: When we got published. When I finally accomplished my childhood dreams of becoming a published author, I felt like I was on top of the world! Holding that book baby in your hands brings a special kind of ecstasy you will only […]

How To Get Your Money Out Of Your 401(k) Before 59 1/2

For some reason, I’ve been doing a string of tax articles lately that have been surprisingly well received, so I figured I’d keep going. Why ruin a good thing, right? 401(k)’s. They’re great aren’t they? They let you defer taxes on your income, giving you a tax refund, and anything you earn in them is tax-free! Only problem is, there’s a catch. Money inside your 401(k) is kinda like a raw pot roast. You can’t eat it right away. First you have to withdraw the money, just like you have to cook the pot roast before eating it. And like […]

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