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The Dear John Letter (to your Financial Advisor)

by Greg Curtis
For many people, the worst part of the process of terminating an advisor happens at the very end, when you finally have to tell the guy the relationship is over.

Firing Your Financial Advisor, Part III

by Greg Curtis
Now that we know why we’re going to fire our financial advisor, let’s talk about when to do it. Obviously, if any of the issues I detailed in my last post are operating, the time to fire your advisor is ASAP.

Firing Your Financial Advisor, Part II

by Greg Curtis
If you Google “Should I fire my financial advisor?” you will land on a lot of brain-​dead articles. If any of the reasons listed in those articles apply to your financial advisor and you haven’t fired him, you’re probably hopeless.

Indiana County Tree Farmers Keep the Green in Christmas

When your friends in Florida or your relatives in Virginia gather around their live Christmas tree this season, there’s a chance the evergreen was grown and harvested from a hillside in Indiana County, Pa.

Firing Your Financial Advisor

by Greg Curtis
“You’re fired!” – Donald Trump. The incredible — and incredibly long — bull market in both stocks and bonds that has persisted since the end of the Global Financial Crisis is now teetering. Whether or not the market bloodbath that occurred in October continues, the bull will in fact come to an end one…

Unique Boutiques

As the holidays approach, so does the need for presents and hostess gifts. While it may be tempting to get on your iPad at 2 a.m. and order mass-​produced items that will show up on your doorstep in two days, there are unique or personalized options that support local businesses…

With the Local Newspaper in Decline, What is the Fate of Local Reporting?

by Neil Strebig
Local newspapers have struggled for more than a decade to secure a foothold in the digital era and stay in business. Dwindling revenues and flagging demand for print editions have led some southwestern Pennsylvania papers to close and others to downsize their newsrooms, affecting coverage of local news. To make…

Austin’s Conundrum of Success

by Paul Scripko
Austin, Texas is one of a handful of cities in the world currently blessed in reputation — big enough to have almost all the cultural amenities of cities twice our size, yet small enough to be tops on any of those innumerable “livability” lists.

Death Becomes Her

“Why?” is the obvious question: dead bodies of all ages (arriving daily), grieving families, being surrounded by sadness and despair, not to mention dealing with the more unseemly but necessary “physical” aspects of the job. As a family business — sure, that makes sense — family pressure can go a long way, and there…

Fed Folly and its Practical Effects

by Greg Curtis
“The… task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” –Friedrich von Hayek

The Working Life

by Madison Nicole Snyder
Work is a fact of life for nearly 1.2 million southwestern Pennsylvanians. Some love what they do; others, not so much. Either way, work consumes a healthy share of their time and energy. Their weeks are structured around it. It’s what puts money in their pockets.

The Fed’s Act of Cowardice

by Greg Curtis
We are talking about America’s Monetary Keystone Kops, who have, since 1987 (when Greenspan became chair of the Federal Reserve), been masquerading as central bankers. (Or maybe it’s the other way ‘round, it’s hard to tell.)

Bernanke’s Blunders

by Greg Curtis
We’ve assessed the successes and failures of central bankers in the 1930s. Now let’s turn our attention to their modern counterparts.

Ageless Wisdom: Jim Roddey, 85

In part one of this video series, Jim Roddey, age 85, discusses his contributions to Pittsburgh as a businessman and first Allegheny County Executive.

Why Gold Had to Go

by Greg Curtis
The “gold standard,” which prevailed in the developed world for many decades, simply means that some fraction of a country’s paper currency has to be backed by — that is, convertible into — gold. In the U.S. that fraction was 40 percent. Since a government on the gold standard can’t print money without increasing…
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