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Young and Prudent

Former Wall Street Daily Managing Editor Samantha Solomon is taking a year-long sabbatical to work at a meditation retreat center in the Green Mountains of Vermont. In her weekly column “Young & Prudent,” Samantha examines the 21st century economy from a millennial’s perspective.

Young & Prudent: The Only Certainties are Death and Taxes

Young & Prudent: The Only Certainties are Death and Taxes

Change is a constant. It’s the only thing we can all rely on. But still, it continues to take us by surprise. Personally, I am always working on being better at taking it in my stride. Wall Street Daily is in the midst of making a shift and becoming part of an affiliated publication called...

Young & Prudent: The Big Spend

Young & Prudent: The Big Spend

I am proud to say that I’ve been able to use my unique living situation to my advantage. I don’t get paid much working at a meditation retreat center in northern Vermont. But, I do get room and board, which means my monthly living expenses are minimal. With a little bit of freelance work, I’ve...

Young & Prudent: Space for Time and Money

Young & Prudent: Space for Time and Money

“Since death is certain, but the time of death is uncertain, what is the most important thing?” This is a favorite contemplation of Pema Chödrön, the renowned western Buddhist teacher and prolific author. When I meditate on this, the first answer pops into my head is: time. The value of time has been a poignant...

Don’t Get 401-KO’d

Don’t Get 401-KO’d

Retirement aside, owning a home is the most significant financial milestone of our lives. Yet many Millennials, who are struggling to reach the same financial milestones as their parents, have found home ownership particularly elusive. According to a report from the National Association of Realtors, the number of Millennials living with their parents increased almost...

Young & Prudent: Looking Into the Face of Spending Temptation Part 2

Young & Prudent: Looking Into the Face of Temptation Part 2

I’ve spent the last two weeks doing exactly what I’ve been avoiding for the past five months. In my last column, I explained how my desire to spend while living in rural Vermont has lessened so much, I’ve been able to save more in the past five months than I have in my entire adult...

Young & Prudent: Doing Freelancer Taxes Right

Young & Prudent: Doing Freelancer Taxes Right

I’m having a lot of new experiences living here at Karmê Chöling, a meditation retreat center, in northern Vermont. Sleeping in a dorm, living with around 40 other full-time staff members, having my “home” filled with a constant stream of people from all over the world, avoiding deer ticks like the plague, traveling an hour...

Young & Prudent: The Community Connection

Young & Prudent: The Community Connection

What am I really trying to buy? I’m drawn to advertisements that convey confidence, connection, and excitement. Those are my indicators of a successful, fulfilling life. But none of these things can be attained by buying the great shirt being sold in the ad. Still, I want that shirt. The unbridled consumerism present in our...

Young & Prudent: You Are the Safest Investment, Says Bryan Franklin

Young & Prudent: You Are the Safest Investment

Last week, I wrote about the growing belief that our current late-stage capitalist economy is dying. For millennials, this essentially means that even if we follow the system, we’re not guaranteed to obtain the level of wealth we were promised by the ideals of capitalism, as demonstrated by the generations before us. This puts my...

Young & Prudent: Living in a Dying System of Capitalism

Young & Prudent: Living in a Dying System

Lately I’ve been researching pain. Specifically the loneliness, sense of failure, unworthiness, and discontent that permeates many of our daily lives. Some sources attribute this suffering to an unusual culprit – capitalism. More specifically, late-stage capitalism and its inevitable decline. Joe Brewer, a researcher, strategist, and cognitive scientist, wrote a series of articles this past...