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How Much House Can You Afford?

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

If you are thinking about buying a house, either for the first time or upgrading, it is a good idea to calculate how much of a mortgage payment can you afford. It’s best to calculate these numbers BEFORE you start looking for a house. Otherwise, you run the risk of clouding your judgment or wasting […]

What Percentage of Your Income Goes to Pay Your Rent or Mortgage Payment?

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Here’s today’s Question of the Day: What percentage of your monthly net income goes to pay your monthly rent or mortgage payment? Be sure to include property taxes, insurance, and PMI. I also would include any home-equity loan payments. I just ran our numbers and it came to 16%. WOO HOO! My wife and I […]

A Look at the Dow Jones Total Market Index Sector Performance

Monday, January 29th, 2007

I remember seeing a periodic table of Dow Jones Total Market Index sector returns a few years ago but now I can’t find it anywhere. So, I decided to build my own. I downloaded all the historical data from, computed the total returns in Excel, ranked the returns for each year, and converted my […]

Take This Risk Tolerance Quiz

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Here’s your assignment for today: Take this risk tolerance quiz and report back here with your score. NOTE: If the website doesn’t load the first time, try again. I scored and 87 which doesn’t surprise me at all. An 87 puts me in “Above-Average Risk Tolerance” category: Individuals scoring in the upper end of this […]

Check Out The Kingsland Report

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Here’s an interesting blog I came across over the weekend. It’s called The Kingsland Report and it is written by a retired (I believe) broadcast journalist. He posts all sorts of short, interesting pieces about business and investing. Anyway, we exchanged a few emails over the weekend and I thought I would mention his blog […]

Blog of the Week – No. 68

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

This week’s Blog of the Week goes to The Tao of Making Money, a blog written by a graduate student (I’m not sure which discipline). I enjoy reading blogs by people in different phases of life. Not all readers are in their mid-30s with kids and a mortgage. Therefore, it is cool to read blogs […]

Reminder to Other Bloggers

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Fellow Bloggers (if you’re not a blogger, you can ignore this post): If you have linked to AllFinancialMatters, could you please check and make sure you are using the new URL ( The old URL still works but I’m trying to phase it out. Also, if you have linked to specific pages in the past, […]

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