Tag: Commentary/Opinion

Opinion: 6 surprising facts about the Declaration of Independence you didn’t learn in history class

Americans may think they know a lot about the Declaration of Independence, but many of those ideas are elitist and wrong, as historian Woody Holton explains. His...

Opinion: What’s worth streaming in July 2021: ‘Ted Lasso,’ the Tokyo Olympics and more

The weather may be warming up in July, but the streaming offerings promise to keep it breezy. July’s streaming slate offers nothing too heavy and...

My friend asked me to be her matron of honor. How can I tell her I can’t afford to host lavish parties and buy matching jewelry without ruining our friendship?

My friend is getting married and wants me as her matron of honor. She and her fiancé have been together for many years, and they...

‘From the start, problems began’: My sister persuaded me to rent my condo to my niece at below-market price — then they both moved in

About 10 years ago, I bought a condo as an investment property. Because I had heard the horror stories of people dealing with renters, I...

Opinion: I’m rethinking how I hedge against inflation with TIPS and I Bonds — here’s why

Inflation punishes savers by diminishing the purchasing power of the money we’ve saved. After a decade of low inflation, this topic is once again on...

I co-signed a personal loan for my daughter. The bank withdrew the money from my father’s account instead. How could this happen?

Dear Quentin, My daughter took out a bank personal loan three years ago and I had to co-sign the loan due to her age and...

Jamie Dimon insists his workers return to the office — here’s why that’s a bit rich

It’s time to hire a dog walker, and change out of your Lululemon LULU, +0.49% sweats. That’s the message JPMorgan Chase’s chief executive, Jamie Dimon,...

Opinion: Meme stock investors are bringing AMC and other troubled companies back to life

During the takeover battles of the 1980s, the term “white squire” designated a significant bloc shareholder that management enlisted to deter or defeat unwanted bids...

Opinion: Riches await whoever can solve this EV conundrum

Here’s an important metric concerning America’s electric car industry: The ratio of EVs to recharging stations. There obviously have to be enough to make easy...

I bought a store for $80,000. It quadrupled in value. My friend gave $7K for the purchase and $6.7K for repairs. Does he get back 4 times both investments?

The gist of my question is I bought a store with a friend, and he now wants me to buy him out, but I feel...

‘When we found out, all hell broke loose’: My father used a family trust to secretly build a house — and now rents it to his wife’s friends at below-market rent

I am 49 and my wife is 51. Between the two of us, we’ve managed to save and invest wisely over the span of our...

Opinion: John McAfee was one of the original genius-but-bizarre CEOs — and Elon Musk should take note

The fantastical story of antivirus-software entrepreneur John McAfee in his later years should be a cautionary tale to other genius CEOs, especially Elon Musk. McAfee,...

‘I am not a loan shark’: I loaned my sister $20K and she repaid me after two years with insane interest: 30%. What do I do?

Dear Quentin, I loaned my sister $20,000 to help her buy a new home. We did not put any terms in writing, but she said...

‘Marriage sure does make love suck’: My fiancée wants a big, expensive wedding — we had agreed to spend $15K tops

Dear Quentin, My fiancée and I are currently in the process of planning a wedding and reassessing where we’d like to buy a house. She...

Opinion: Saving Social Security will be far harder this time than it was in 1983

Social Security is America’s largest government program and arguably the most important one given that it serves as a lifeline for tens of millions of...

Opinion: 5 smart ways to shift your investments as the Fed gets ready for a big move

Fed policymakers surprised a lot of investors on Wednesday by signaling that tapering and interest-rate hikes are finally on the way. Investors sat up and...

Opinion: Odds favor the Dow being higher at the end of 2021 and 125 years of history supports this

Odds are good that the U.S. stock market will be higher at the end of December. Don’t get too excited; these odds have nothing to...

Should we rent out the apartment over our garage in exchange for free housekeeping?

Dear Quentin, My wife and I are both in our mid-70s and are unlikely to downsize from our present home, which has three bedrooms and...

Opinion: Stock investors have come to a fork in the road — and their options are limited

The coronavirus pandemic has been excellent for investors, but most now realize that the stock market’s extraordinary performance is not based on fundamentals, which ceased...

‘She is an enabler who refuses to admit it’: My mother sold her house to my brother and offered me 10% of the proceeds. Is that fair?

Dear Quentin, Picture it: North Carolina, May 2018. My grandfather passed away a few years ago and left a nice piece of property to his two heirs. My...

Opinion: Memo to company directors: Deliver for shareholders or face consequences

At Exxon Mobil’s XOM, +0.16% annual shareholders’ meeting in May, shareholders voted to replace three board members with the nominees from activist hedge-fund Engine No....

My boyfriend demands I pay half of his $600K mortgage and utilities, or go live in a camper van. He says, ‘You’ll never own this house’

I have been in a relationship with my partner, a man, for about 10 years. We are both in our late 50s, and I’m financially...

My elderly mother-in-law has progressive dementia. My sister-in-law charged her $70K in rent. Is this ethical?

My mother-in-law has progressive dementia. When she began to fail at home, my wife and her brother proposed moving her into a one-room cottage on...

Opinion: The pandemic PC boom is still happening, but twin dangers loom

After more than a year into COVID-19 pandemic, people are still buying personal computers in massive numbers, but PC makers face increasing costs to build...

Weekend reads: What exactly is going on with big tech stocks?

After many years during which the most familiar technology companies pulled the entire stock market up with them, 2021 is turning out to be a...