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COMMENTARY: How to spot a con - Distracting the brain

September 21, 2018

By Samuel C. Damren Pick-pockets utilize distraction. The garden variety pick-pocket bumps into you when he lifts your wallet. The more skillful have a partner who bumps into you. Polished culprits work as a trio: one bumps into you, one lifts your wallet ...

MY TURN: Ceremonies take on lasting flavor for newlyweds

September 21, 2018

Over the past two years, I've attended a half-dozen weddings, some of them involving friends of my son, who at nearly 37 years of age is still enjoying the freedom of bachelorhood. If and when he decides to get married, I have suggested he might consider the ...

NERDWALLET: Your house isn't a piggy bank

September 21, 2018

By Liz Weston NerdWallet Your home equity could keep you afloat in retirement or bail you out in an emergency - but not if you spend it first. U.S. homeowners are sitting on nearly $6 trillion of home value they could tap as of May 2018, according to data ...

TAKING STOCK: An artful investment

September 21, 2018

Dear Mr. Berko: I have an opportunity to buy a $250,000 half-unit in a multiunit art-related limited partnership. A friend will buy the other half. The partnership will buy very expensive old masterpieces, and I've included the partnership papers for your ...

THE EXPERT WITNESS: The economics of music for attorneys and others: A redux (part two)

September 21, 2018

By John F. Sase, Ph.D. with Gerard J. Senick, general editor Julie G. Sase, copyeditor Pleasure and Pain “Human beings are motivated solely by the desire to gain pleasure and avoid pain... Happiness is identical with pleasure, unhappiness with pain. ...

EXPERT WITNESS: The economics of music (continued)

September 21, 2018

(continued) “You Can’t Lose with the Stuff I Use” – Reverend Ike, Television Evangelist Unabated consumption of music appears obtainable only at the times in our lives when we have the money and the time to indulge our tastes in ...