Greg McFarlane

Greg McFarlane

Greg McFarlane is the co-founder of Control Your Cash, a personal finance website for people who want "results, not coddling." He's also the author of its companion book, Control Your Cash: Making Money Make Sense, a full personal finance primer in one volume. Greg has been with Investopedia for three years and also writes for several tourism and general interest magazines. Originally from Vancouver, Greg splits his time among Las Vegas, Costa Rica and Maui with his wife and three cats.

The opinions expressed are his own.

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  1. Stock Analysis

    How MasterCard Likely Earned a Spot in Your Wallet

    An in depth look at MasterCard and its future prospects as an investment.
  2. Stock Analysis

    The Key to McDonald's? 70 Million Customers a Day

    Even when it has an underperforming year, McDonald’s is still one of the most profitable companies around.
  3. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    ETF Bubble Or No Bubble?

    ETFs might be the recommendation of choice for the unimaginative financial advisor, but that doesn’t mean that the industry is in a bubble.
  4. Stock Analysis

    How Citigroup Ensured That It's Too Big to Fail

    As a business, Citi has everything going for it. Scale, operational breadth...and the ear of key policymakers.
  5. Options & Futures

    How To Valuate The Market Price Of A Commodity

    We explain how to analyze the market price of commodities including, gold, cocoa, and wheat.
  6. Options & Futures

    Why Trading Coffee Futures Is A Zero Sum Game

    Coffee futures trading is as close to a zero-sum game as you might find in investing. We look at the risks and rewards.
  7. Economics

    Vladimir Putin: Rise to Power and Fortune

    An article about Vladimir Putin, where he studied, how he came into power, his net worth, and the current leverage he has on world politics.
  8. Fundamental Analysis

    Private vs Public Equity: What's Best?

    What is the better way for a company to attract investors; by making its stock available for sale to whoever wants some, or by petitioning rich people?
  9. Economics

    Is The US Dependence On Foreign Oil Necessarily A Bad Thing?

    We examine the myths and facts about US dependence upon foreign oil.
  10. Investing

    Black Gold In JR Ewing Country: Texas' Oil Economy

    The economy of Texas is soaring because of oil and oil-derivated products and services, but is that sustainable with the sharp drop in crude oil prices?
  11. Stock Analysis

    How You're Probably Using a 3M Product Right Now

    3M specializes in businesses in which few aspiring entrants have neither the patience nor the capital to build market share.
  12. Investing Basics

    How Do Financial Regulations Affect Smaller Banks?

    Not to big to fail? We explain how US financial regulations affect smaller banks.
  13. Trading Strategies

    Eyeing a Loan? Consider Skipping the Banks

    Peer-to-peer lending platforms, such as Lending Tree, Lending Club and Prosper, offer borrowers newfound leverage. Here's a look.
  14. Economics

    Oil Price Analysis: The Impact Of Supply & Demand

    When all the factors that could affect the price of oil are considered, the most influential remain supply and demand.
  15. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    A Look at Blackrock's iShares ETFs

    An Overview of Blackrock iShares ETFs and what makes them unique.
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