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The Impact of Expenses on Your Returns

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Check this out. Below is a summary of two portfolios I have been tracking. These portfolios are invested in EXACTLY the same thing with EXACTLY the same allocation. Yet, Portfolio A has had an average annual rate of return of 11.00% compared to Portfolio B’s 12.67%: So, what accounts for the difference? Portfolio A started […]

How an Interest-Only Mortgage Works

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Let’s say you want to buy a house and will need to finance it with a $200,000 mortgage. You meet with a mortgage broker and they show you two loans: a 30-year fixed rate mortgage at 6.30% and a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with an interest-only period of 15 years (also at 6.30%). How do […]

Anyone Out There a Member of the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII)?

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

I’m curious – are any of you a member of the American Association of Individual Investors (or AAII as it is called)? If so, what has been your experience? Is it worth the membership fee? I have received numberous offers from AAII over the years but have never joined. The letter I received today had […]

Don’t Buy a Computer From BlueHippo!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Foobarista sent me an email yesterday telling me about a company called BlueHippo, which “sells” computers to people without a credit check. All you have to do is pay a set up fee of $99.00 and then pay their “low” weekly payments for 52 weeks and the computer is yours. Oh, and if you pay […]

The Biggest Website You’ve Probably Never Heard of!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Every morning I cruise my Bloglines account to find new and interesting stories to share with you. Today I found a story about a website called Photobucket, which is a place for people to “house” their photos and videos which they can then link to from their blogs or MySpace pages. What I found fascinating […]

Magic Formula Investing Update – 2nd “Purchase”

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

I meant to do this earlier this month but forgot about it. As discussed in an earlier post, I’m going to follow a hypothetical post using the Magic Formula found in Joel Greenblatt’s The Little Book That Beats The Market. Following the procedure in the first post, I re-ran the numbers and came up with […]

Got Any Gold In Your Closet?

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Check out this article (free) I found in the Wall Street Journal. Savvy shoppers are buying clothing and purses at places like Target and then reselling them on eBay for huge profits. Check this out: That’s a 628.8% return in one month! Wow! Of course things like this aren’t without risks. For one, you have […]

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