What is South of the Border? Visiting a tourist trap during a pandemic

For one reason or another, if you grew up or live on the east coast of the United States, you will likely someday find yourself driving on Interstate 95. Among the terrifying highway signs warning you of eternal damnation with the backing of Old Testament fire and brimstone, you will see the kitsch of a … Continue reading What is South of the Border? Visiting a tourist trap during a pandemic

Bitcoin Bulls & Bears: Winter 2021 Edition

It's been quite a month so far (January 2021) for Bitcoin (BTC). As of publishing, we have been able to surpass a $40,000 price for BTC. Speculation is all over the place where things could go next. While we all are in our own unique situations, here are some of the questions you might be … Continue reading Bitcoin Bulls & Bears: Winter 2021 Edition

How to buy Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrency on Robinhood

Update: Since we first published this piece, Bitcoin has surpassed its incredible December 2017 peak and on January 7, 2021 surpassed $40,000 per BTC. Read my story of getting into crypto below and how you too can get some of your own using Robinhood! I remember sitting in an Atlantic City hotel room in June … Continue reading How to buy Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrency on Robinhood

Verizon Says Goodbye to Ringback and Ringtones

What happened to the Verizon ringback tone? As if Millennials needed another reminder of our own aging, Verizon has announced full discontinuation of ringback tones and ringtones. The iconic tones shaped so many of us who were coming of age in the early to mid 2000's. The decision: what song do I want to play … Continue reading Verizon Says Goodbye to Ringback and Ringtones

What Happened to Stein Mart? The Rise and Fall of the Department Store Chain

Is Stein Mart Bankrupt? Stein Mart, the storied chain that began in 1908 with a first location in Greenville, Mississippi by Russian Jewish immigrant Sam Stein, recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to the COVID-19 pandemic back on August 12, 2020. All 281 stores across 30 U.S. states will be liquidated. We will examine … Continue reading What Happened to Stein Mart? The Rise and Fall of the Department Store Chain

What is the Difference Between a Stock Split and Reverse Stock Split?

Apple (AAPL) made headlines recently for continuing to post strong numbers even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The company also announced that its Board of Directors approved a four-for-one stock split. So what does this mean? You might be under the impression that a stock split is a move utilized for companies that are in financial … Continue reading What is the Difference Between a Stock Split and Reverse Stock Split?

Mercari Support: How to Contact Mercari If You Have a Problem

Mercari, the Japanese selling app started in February 2013, is an easy, fun and fast way to buy and sell goods. It's a well run app that is incredibly user friendly. However, like any other service, sometimes you need a little help to navigate any potential problems. How to Contact Mercari Mercari Customer Support: Best … Continue reading Mercari Support: How to Contact Mercari If You Have a Problem

How many JCPenney stores are left?

Post last updated September 28, 2021. According to JCPenney's official website, there are "approximately 850" remaining locations, but the company announced a list of 154 stores closing on June 6, 2020 in the wake of their Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in May 2020. (This was revised and is now 152 stores). On June 23, 2020, … Continue reading How many JCPenney stores are left?

Adjusting to the New Reality: Chuck E. Cheese in the COVID-19 Era

Photo: BroStocks Media. I was doing my biweekly grocery pick up when I saw a rather striking site across the plaza, an empty Chuck E. Cheese's parking lot with big writing on the windows: $5 PIZZA. It was in that tacky writing you see on the back of a midsize SUV or minivan that says … Continue reading Adjusting to the New Reality: Chuck E. Cheese in the COVID-19 Era

What are Inferior Goods? 2 Stocks with Potential Durability for a Recession (or Depression)

In a recent post, we talked about the difference between investors and traders, and everything in this post will apply to investors. That is to say, the content of this post applies to people interested in a longer term position in stocks of three or more years. With the historic bull run that the United … Continue reading What are Inferior Goods? 2 Stocks with Potential Durability for a Recession (or Depression)