You hire a real estate agent to help you buy or sell your home, your largest financial asset, but how do you know if he’s doing his job well? Even more worrisome, how do you know his financial incentives are aligned with your interests? As we show in our new book Inside the Sell, the best way to navigate the potential minefield of residential real estate is to find a great agent, but consumers are often asking the wrong questions. Take our quiz to test your real estate savvy:
Sunday is Father’s Day and we all know what that means. Or do we?Maybe a virtual trip to the NASCAR Father’s Day Gift Center (No, we’re not making this up. It exists on the Internet.) for racing socks or barbecue tools? Or, for the DIY crowd, perhaps an original piece of art based on Dad’s smiling face?But if you really want to know what’s in your dear Papa’s heart and soul, cozy up to our Father’s Day Quiz and get the real skinny on Father’s Day: what dads really want, why the day even exists, and why that LeBron James bobblehead doll may be talking to you, but not to your dad.
Income inequality has become a central issue in the presidential election, with President Obama declaring it “the defining issue of our time,” Mitt Romney decrying “the bitter politics of envy,” and Romney’s former Bain partner (and current campaign contributor) Edward Conard arguing, in a new book, that income inequality is something America needs more of. To evaluate what the candidates say in the coming months, you’ll need a working knowledge of the topic. How well do you know American inequality? Take this quiz based on my new book, "The Great Divergence":