By Matthew Theal, CFP®

Ten years ago in late September 2008, I moved to New York City. I was 22 years old and fresh out of college. I moved there to chase my dream of working on Wall Street. My timing was less than perfect as during that month Lehman Brothers had declared bankruptcy—the largest corporate bankruptcy ever.

The world was in crisis as the Dow Jones was plunging, home prices were cratering, and hardworking people were losing their jobs. I was lucky enough (i.e., cheap labor) to have found a job that month working as a financial journalist.

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