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Brain Bites – Issue 14

Brain Bites – Issue 14

Brain Bites by YPG Blog

Brain Bites are “now and then” morsels regarding trends, statistics, and interesting ephemera in personal economics.

These tasty tidbits help maintain your edge over an unpredictable future.  Think of them as cerebral snacks for the hungry mind!  Continue reading Brain Bites – Issue 14

Brain Bites – Issue 13

Brain Bites – Issue 13

Brain Bites by YPG Blog

Brain Bites are “now and then” updates regarding trends, statistics, and interesting info-bites in personal economics.

These tasty tidbits help maintain your edge over an unpredictable future.  Think of them as cerebral snacks for the hungry mind!  Continue reading Brain Bites – Issue 13

The good, the bad, and the bias.

The good, the bad, and the bias.

The good, the bad, and the bias.

Young persons like to think they have less bias than their parents, but in fact they are simply bigoted about different things.

Many are down on fat people, smokers, and people who drive Humvees, for example, rather than race or sexual orientationContinue reading The good, the bad, and the bias.

It’s not all about you.

It’s not all about you.

It's not all about you

Adam Smith (1723–1790) was a brilliant, if not eccentric, Scottish economist, philosopher, and psychologist all rolled into one.

Smith explained why, despite our selfish feelings, an internal voice helps us be more sensitive to the needs of others.  Continue reading It’s not all about you.

I dream of “Gini”…

I dream of “Gini”…

I dream of Gini

The Western concept of genie comes from the tale of Aladdin in the Arabian Nights.  Aladdin frees a genie from his imprisonment in a lamp, who then grants wishes in return.

The unintended consequences are expressed in the adage, “Be careful what you wish for.”  Continue reading I dream of “Gini”…

We are the 99%.

We are the 99%.

We are the 99 Percent

This slogan, popularized by Occupy Wall Street protesters, refers to income inequality and wealth distribution in the U.S. between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population.

When it comes to “making it,” many young persons today feel anxious and vulnerable.  Continue reading We are the 99%.

Ask, and you shall receive.

Ask, and you shall receive.

Ask, and you shall receive

Young persons increasingly put greater faith in the wisdom of crowds (such as Google) and prize the confidence of their peers above that of trusted sources of wisdom.

But “tribal elders” represent a better source of wisdom, if you take the initiative to ask.  Continue reading Ask, and you shall receive.