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. Being the son of immigrants to Canada — who long discussed the importance of hard work and patience with bureaucratic processes — I was intrigued by millionaire visas, which have helped some people fast-track their way into coveted countries.

Having interviewed enough business owners, I know some ask their families for money. Yet I was curious about those who request early inheritances. Others have discussed 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 magazine, where some of my reporting was discussed on CNN's Your Bottom Line and PRI/WNYC's The Takeaway.