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Two years ago, on a crisp fall day, Nancy suggested we have an office lunch at the state fair. We stood in line salivating over the smells of funnel cakes and other deep fried foods waiting for our turn to order. We dined on all the finest of fair foods: chicken on a s...

Today's throwback is to a column Nancy wrote in the fall of 2006 in the Mississippi Business Journal. Her topic? Insurance in the wake of a catastrophic hurricane. 

I hate insurance. It feels like wasted money. You pay in big, fat premiums, in hopes you'll never have to...

Our throwback this week is to Nancy's December 1995 column in the Mississippi Business Journal. Back then, the Dow had crossed over 5,000. (For perspective, in the now, the Dow closed at the end of May 2017 just above 21,000.) Over and over, Nancy was being asked the s...

Today's throwback is to November of 1998. For context, since '98 was almost two decades ago, here's where the market was then (November 2, 1998) compared to now:

S&P 500 (then): 1,111.60

S&P 500 (now): 2,404.39

Nasdaq (then): 1,800.91

Nasdaq (now): 6,163.02

Dow Jones (then)...

Eleven years ago, Nancy was helping her daughter plan her wedding. This year, the baton has been passed to Jackie as she helps her daughter plan hers. Weddings and the stock market are two places where jitters are common, and in today's throwback, Nancy reminds us that...

I'm not a gambler. I have defied my Baptist upbringing on a few occasions to visit "the boats." But my visits were more out of curiosity than out of a belief in finding great riches.

I worked up my courage to sit down at the blackjack table one time and made the dealer...

A year after working here, Nancy decided it was the perfect time to hire a construction crew to tear a hole in the wall, creating the space for another office room. Ryder moved his desk out of the office we were sharing and into the newly opened space, and I excitedly...

For today's throwback, we take a look at how investors were feeling in the spring of 2003. Spoiler alert: uncertain. 

True to form, Nancy takes a good look at the data and reminds us to keep planning for the future. Enjoy this look at the '03 market atmosphere!

War. War....

Today, we rewind sixteen years for a look at the markets. To put things in perspective, this was a time of national debate over hanging chads in Florida, where Bush came out ahead of Gore in the Presidential Election of 2000. Our country had yet to be rocked by the ter...

Allow me to set the stage for today's throwback:

The year: 1999

The Fed Chair: Alan Greenspan

The markets: ups and downs

Investors: uncertain

America's biggest fear: Y2K

A few of these have changed. The year is now 2017. The Chair of the Federal Reserve is now Janet Yellen....

Today's throwback is to August 24, 1998, a sweltering day down South of 95 degrees, and a column Nancy wrote in the Mississippi Business Journal: 

In Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, two very different men exist in one body...

Since our focus this week has been on ways to prepare yourself financially for that darkest of times, global collapse, here's a piece Nancy wrote fifteen years ago offering a little perspective on the subject. The business cycle is just that--a cycle. The economy grows...

If you are preparing for the end of the world, you might be buying gold, guns, canned food and remote property in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. After all, you will need to be self reliant for food, shelter, water and defense. Hone your large scale gardening ski...

Doom and Gloom for fun:

  • What happens to the markets if the world does collapse?

  • Is gold the answer?

  • How can I be self-sufficient?

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