Department of Corrections

My mother called me at the crack of nine on a Saturday morning not long ago.

"Did you lose all your money in the stock market?" she wanted to know. She understands that my job has something to do with technology.

"Mom, you can't lose it if you don't sell," I said. This might not be technically true, but in general, it's historically valid-—plus, it had the added advantage of sparing my 75-year-old mother the demoralizing news: The lion's share of her eldest son's investment portfolio consists of five books of S&H Green


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