Fasten seatbelts for second-half roller-coaster ride

The rise in U.S. stocks was anything but a straight-line advance as they continued their roller-coaster ride in the second quarter of 2019. In April, stocks built on their first-quarter gains (the S&P 500 climbed back to its high reached in October 2018) but faltered sharply in May amid harsh rhetoric from the United States […]

Obtain permission to use classic photo, movie images

Q We have a client with a legal question that I was hoping you might be able to answer. He owns a high-end electronics business doing home theaters, security, sound systems and the like. For his website, he wants to Photoshop an image taken from a famous movie scene and place it on the black […]

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.