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.

  1. Retirement Savings

    The Best Alternatives to a 401(k)

    A 401(k) is the traditional retirement account for most Americans. However, there may be better options.
  2. Financial Analysis

    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 ...
  3. Investing Strategy

    How UnitedHealth Group Makes its Money (UNH)

    Here's how UnitedHealth Group, poised to grow even more, rakes it in.
  4. Investing Strategy

    How AbbVie Makes its Money

    An in-depth look at Abbott Labs spinoff AbbVie and how it became a $180 billion company.
  5. Investing Strategy

    How Honeywell Makes its Money (HON)

    Honeywell is a true conglomerate in a world of ever-greater specialization. Here's how it generates revenue.
  6. Investing Strategy

    How 3M Makes its Money (MMM)

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

    How Union Pacific Is Essential To The U.S. Economy

    If you need to ship titanic volumes of sundry products across sweeping distances, nothing's better than rail, where Union ...
  8. Investing Strategy

    How Does Biogen Make its Money? (ABBV, BIIB)

    Biogen is a healthy biotechnology company producing a stream of illness-fighting drugs. Its big sellers treat MS, and it ...
  9. Investing Strategy

    How Capital One Makes its Profits (WFC, BAC)

    Once an upstart, Capital One is now a financial powerhouse. Here's how it happened.
  10. 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 ...
  11. Investing Strategy

    How American Express Makes its Money

    Consumers like novelty, reliability, variety, and other subjective qualities. But what really keeps them coming back to American ...
  12. Investing Strategy

    How Bank of New York Mellon Makes Money (BNY) (BK)

    With a centuries old history, BNY Mellon can still attract and retain its clients the old fashioned way while growing this ...
  13. 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. ...
  14. Investing Strategy

    How BlackRock Makes Money

    The rise and continued growth of BlackRock, the world's largest investment firm.
  15. Investing Strategy

    How Toyota Makes Money (TM)

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