Opting for 30-year mortgage can be expensive mistake

I just returned from a trip to the land of unaffordable housing (California), where I spent most of my trip recreationally calculating mortgage payments on nearly every home I encountered. I still don’t quite know how the average person, whose wages aren’t proportionally higher, can afford thousands and thousands of dollars every month. I suspect […]

How to spend money to increase your happiness

I am in this great financial-planning book club. We read and discuss one book a year. The downside is that we have a video conference to discuss the book, instead of getting together in person, and there is no wine involved. This year, we read and discussed “Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending,” by […]

Editor’s note

Court & Commercial Record is regretfully reporting on the passing of Malcolm Berko, author of the “Taking Stock” column. Mr. Berko’s column appeared regularly in our paper until his recent retirement. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

Wedding costs shouldn’t trump other financial goals

While there’s a lot of talk about how millennials are creating their own wedding traditions — from cotton candy bouquets to movie-themed ceremonies — there’s one thing that seems to be a constant: the high cost. According to The Knot 2018 Real Weddings Study, the national average for a wedding (without the honeymoon) is now […]

Editor’s note

Court & Commercial Record is regretfully reporting on the passing of Malcolm Berko, author of the “Taking Stock” column. Mr. Berko’s column appeared regularly in our paper until his recent retirement. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.