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. Investing Basics

    How To Add Real Assets To Your Portfolio

    Real assets, as distinguished from financial assets, means stuff you can touch: oil, gold, pork bellies, real estate and more. What are the best ways to get exposure to this portfolio diversifier?
  2. Retirement

    Will Raising the Retirement Age Save Social Security?

    Social Security is the federal government’s biggest expenditure. Here's why raising the age of retirement may not be a bad idea to keep it afloat.
  3. Philanthropy

    Should University Endowments Be Taxed?

    Some politicians are calling for universities to pay taxes on their massive endowments. Should they?
  4. Investing

    How Russia Makes Its Money - And Why It Doesn't Make More

    How does Russia make its money, and why doesn’t it make more?
  5. Economics

    What a Slowing Chinese Economy Means to Africa

    China is Africa's largest trading partner. What does China's slowing growth mean for the continent?
  6. Investing News

    How Much is Donald Trump Really Worth?

    How much is Donald Trump really worth (and does it matter)?
  7. Stock Analysis

    How Total Has Total Coverage of Oil & Gas Market

    Total S.A., one of the Big 6 international petrochemical companies, is genius in its ability to see lucrative markets before they’re fully realized.
  8. Investing News

    Trump vs. Clinton: Who's Better for the Markets?

    Who is likely to be a more market-friendly president, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?
  9. Stock Analysis

    Novo Nordisk: The Drug Firm You've Yet to Hear Of

    Novo Nordisk, a Danish drugmaker, makes billions primarily by fighting hemophilia and diabetes. Here's its story.
  10. Stock Analysis

    How Toyota Succeeds at Home and Abroad (TM)

    Japan's biggest car manufacturer is also one of North America's biggest, delighting shareholders with its high profit margins.
  11. Stock Analysis

    Starbucks: Profiting One Cup at a Time (SBUX)

    Starbucks is everywhere. But is it a worthwhile business? Ask the shareholders who've made it one of the world's most successful companies.
  12. Stock Analysis

    How Medtronic Makes Money (MDT)

    Here's the story of an American medical device firm that covers almost every segment in medicine and recently moved to Ireland to pay less in taxes.
  13. Economics

    Can the Market Predict a Recession?

    Is a bear market an indication that a recession is on the horizon?
  14. Investing

    Don't Freak Out Over Black Swans; Be Prepared

    Could 2016 be a big year for black swans? Who knows? Here's what black swans are, how they can devastate the unprepared, and how the prepared can emerge unscathed.
  15. Economics

    Does Big Money Hurt or Help Clinton and Rubio?

    Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton lead their parties in raising money from Wall Street. Is that a help or a hindrance?
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