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. Financial Analysis

    The Interest Rates: APR, APY And EAR

    When most people shop for financial products, all they focus on is the listed interest rate. Human eyes instinctively dismiss ...
  2. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Which Online Mortgage Lender is the Best?

    Finding the right online mortgage lender can be a tall task. Here's some help on how to avoid wasting your time.
  3. Politics & Money

    6 Famous Discontinued and Uncommon U.S. Currency Denominations

    While we can choose from a rich array of singles, fins, sawbucks, Jacksons, $50s and Benjamins, there are several other denominations ...
  4. High Net Worth Strategy

    Why Emergency Funds Are a Bad Idea

    Learn why taking the time to build an emergency fund is a staggeringly inefficient use of the precious and limited resource ...
  5. Retirement Living

    Common Retirement Advice That DINKs Can Ignore

    The retirement rules are different when a couple has no kids. Spending more, retiring sooner – all kinds of options open ...
  6. Investing Strategy

    How Anheuser-Busch Makes Money (BUD)

    The world's largest brewer enjoys overwhelming market share all over the world, and that market share is expected to rise. ...
  7. Life Insurance

    When Life Insurance Isn't Worth It

    So, you're thinking about buying life insurance, but do you really need it?
  8. Investing Strategy

    How Starbucks Makes Money (SBUX)

    Starbucks chief Howard Schultz is stepping down after 30 years as CEO; we take a closer look at this well-caffeinated American ...
  9. Small Business

    How The NFL Makes Money (GME, HRL)

    The National Football League is the most successful sports league in the world. How does the NFL make money, and what is ...
  10. Insurance

    Samsung Galaxy 7 and the 5 Most Costly Product Recalls (SSNLF)

    The recalls of these products not only affected consumers, but the companies that manufactured the products as well.
  11. Trading Strategy

    Short Call

    A type of strategy regarding a call option, which is a contract that allows (but does not mandate) its holder to buy a security, ...
  12. Trading Instruments

    Short Put

    A type of strategy regarding a put option, which is a contract that allows (but doesn't require) its holder to sell a security, ...
  13. Budgeting & Savings

    Subprime Auto Loans: What Borrowers Should Know

    Are subprime auto loans a disaster waiting to happen?
  14. Income Tax

    Is a Universal Basic Income Practical?

    Should the government be responsible for giving every citizen a fixed amount of money?
  15. High Net Worth Strategy

    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 ...
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