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. 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.
  2. High Net Worth Strategy

    Why Emergency Funds Are a Bad Idea

    Taking the time to build an emergency fund is a staggeringly inefficient use of the precious and limited resource that is ...
  3. 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.
  4. Chart Strategy

    How to Use the Chaikin Oscillator

    What's the best way to reconcile increasing or decreasing volume with price fluctuations? Enter the Chaikin Oscillator.
  5. Small Business

    How The NBA Makes Money (DIS, TWX)

    The National Basketball Association has moved past Major League Baseball to represent the second most popular sport in the ...
  6. Investing Strategy

    How Starbucks Makes Money (SBUX)

    A closer look at Starbucks.
  7. Savings Accounts

    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 ...
  8. High Net Worth Strategy

    How Warren Buffett made Berkshire Hathaway

    It would be easier to list the industries in which Berkshire Hathaway Inc. doesn’t turn a profit.
  9. Investing Strategy

    How Sanofi Makes Money (SNY)

    Sanofi, a French pharmaceutical firm, is the name behind some of the drugs you use every day. Here's how it operates.
  10. Budgeting & Savings

    Where to Put Your Cash: Call Deposit vs. Time Deposit Accounts

    Time deposit accounts and call deposit accounts allow customers to earn higher interest in exchange for less access to their ...
  11. Investing Strategy

    How BlackRock Makes Money

    The rise and continued growth of BlackRock, the world's largest asset management firm.
  12. Investing Strategy

    How Lockheed Martin Makes Its Money

    Find out how the world's largest defense contractor, Lockheed Martin makes billions in profits and manages their lucrative ...
  13. Investing Strategy

    How Medtronic Makes Money

    Find out the story of Medtronic, one of the world's largest medical equipment and therapies suppliers whose products treat ...
  14. Career / Compensation

    Top Paying Math-Related Careers

    These jobs require specialized math skills that intimidate most laymen. But, for those with the wit and work ethic to attain ...
  15. Investing Strategy

    How United Technologies Makes its Money

    If you've flown in an airplane, shopped for food, or sat comfortably in a hot climate, you've probably used a United Technologies ...