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Archive for January, 2006

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Introducing “24 Days to Better Finances”

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

This is the introductory post to a new “marathon of personal finance” that AllThingsFinancial is going to host over the next 24 days. I got this idea from a series called Money 101 produced by Money magazine. I got to thinking that this would be a great series to run on this blog. However, what […]


Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

I don’t usually talk about individual stocks. Today I will make an exception. Google announced their fourth quarter earnings results this afternoon. Although the results weren’t necessarily bad, they weren’t up to analysts’ expectations. In after-hours trading the stock is getting hammered, down nearly $69 per share at this writing. All I can say is […]

Which is Better: a 15-Year or 30-Year Mortgage?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

This is a post that I moved over from my old blog. The quick answer is: it depends. The main factors to consider when deciding which mortgage is best are:

Festival (not “Carnival”) of Frugality

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Frugal Underground is hosting this week’s Festival of Frugality. Stop by and check it out. Although frugality is related to personal finance, it is much broader than that. You’ll see what I mean.

Roth v. 401(k)

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

This question was asked in the comments section for my post Calculating the True Costs of 401(k) Contributions: I think this is likely a dumb question but I need it answered once and for all! My company doesn’t match 401(k) contributions (they contribute $25 per pay period regardless). So shouldn’t I fully fund a Roth […]

Americans Aren’t Saving

Monday, January 30th, 2006

This article on the Arizona Republic website talks about the latest Commerce Department report on Personal Income and Outlays (PDF). Apparently American’s savings have hit the lowest level since the Depression. According to the report:

A Good Article on Separately Managed Accounts

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Pamela Yip at the Dallas Morning News has written a pretty good article discussing Separately Managed Accounts. As with anything, SMAs aren’t for everyone.

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