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11+ Examples of Economic Outpatient Care

In The Millionaire Next Door, Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D. and William D. Danko, Ph.D. coin the term “economic outpatient care” (EOC). This term references economic subsidies that a benefactor bestows on a fully capable adult, generally a parent who provides financial assistance to a grown child.

The irony of EOC is that these subsidies — which may be intended to provide the recipient with the means to become financially stable — may have the opposite effect. Gifts create economic dependence instead of accelerating financial independence.

Initially, I imagined that EOC is a problem associated with wealthy families like those profiled in the “millionaire” books. But even average-income families give and receive EOC.

Limit Order, Explained

When placing a buy or sell order for a stock or ETF, I’m typically prompted to indicate whether my order is a limit or market one. What’s the difference and why does it matter?

Gross Margin Ratio, What It Is and Why It Matters

When I evaluate a company, one of the measures I consider is its gross margin ratio. I like to see a gross margin that is consistent over time. I also reflect on the story this ratio is telling.

As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, I’m a numbers person. Gross margin is definitely a numbers thing. But this ratio may also reveal clues about executive priorities, business stability, and competitive advantages.

Let’s cover the basics and then consider what the gross margin ratio may be telling me.

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