Russia Mailing

Top Producer Goes to Russia  


This scary-looking package arrived from Russia this week. At first, I I had no idea what it was… It took me about five minutes to cut through all the wrapping with a sharp pair of scissors. But then to my surprise, I discovered the package contained my copies of the Russian language edition of Top Producer. Thank you to Eksmo, […]


Thrillerfest Best First Sentence Winner 3  


In recent years Thrillerfest, which is kind of like spring break for thriller enthusiasts even though it takes place during July, has sponsored a Best First Sentence Contest. The contest is exactly what it sounds like: Write your best opening line to a novel. Seven thriller writers serve as judges. They each choose their favorite entry from a blind pool of submissions. My first sentence was one […]

Robo Adviser

How “Robos” Can Know Their Clients


This column is about robo advisers. But let’s start with an ugly truth about the advisers, humans included, who are held by law to the fiduciary standard. They don’t always behave like fiduciaries—that is, always putting the client’s interest first—no matter what the regulations dictate. The trust department of a major bank, for example, manages money for a friend of […]

ron insana

Ron Insana  


If you can’t trust someone with a few dollars, don’t give them more! (Also, check the fees!) About Ron Insana Ron Insana is a contributor to CNBC and MSNBC, where he discusses the most pressing economic and market issues of the day. He also delivers The Market Scoreboard Report to radio stations around the country. He has written for Money […]

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