Investing + Personal Finance


Conversations about money leave many of us feeling uneasy. But I've found that exploring the thinking, emotional reasons and relationships behind how, and why, we make certain financial decisions can open people up and, ultimately, make for some fascinating stories.

As a new father, I wondered whether there might be a right way to incentivize (see: bribe!) your child as they got older, so I reported this piece for The Wall Street Journal. I used to receive an allowance from my parents — who long discussed the importance of hard work and patience with bureaucratic processes, especially as one-time newcomers to Canada. That's why these millionaire visas, which are helping some people fast-track their way into coveted countries, intrigued me as a topic.

Having interviewed enough business owners, I know some ask their families for money. Yet I was curious about those who ask for early inheritances. Some business owners discover love across borders, though their marriages can raise all sorts of thorny estate and tax-planning issues.

I first covered personal finance matters when I was at SmartMoney: The Wall Street Journal Magazine. Some of my reporting there that seemed to garner the most interest, including from CNN's Your Bottom Line and PRI/WNYC's The Takeaway, can be heard here: