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Magic Formula Portfolio – April Update

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Here’s the Magic Formula Portfolio (hypothetical) through the month of April: The portfolio was actually up over 13% last week but has fallen back to a little over 10.19% year-to-date, which still isn’t too shabby. I’ll do the 3rd “Purchase” tomorrow. For more information on the portfolio and the strategy, see these posts: A Look […]

Women Don’t Like Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

Monday, April 30th, 2007

According to this Washington Post article, women seem to be the main stumbling block in making compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) popular. Actually, I don’t really care for CFLs either. Part of it is the fact that I really didn’t know what I was buying when I bought them and the bulbs I bought are way […]

What’s Your ThriveQ?

Monday, April 30th, 2007

I just spent the last 5 minutes or so reviewing a new tool called ThriveQ that was put together by Thrivent Financial. Truth be told, I’m not really a fan of Thrivent Financial but this is an interesting retirement planning tool. I like the fact that they don’t ask for personal information like your address […]

Sometimes It Pays to Wait

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Regular readers of this blog know that I balked at renewing my Wall Street Journal subscription this year because they raised their price from $215 per year to $249 per year. I let my subscription lapse but they kept sending me papers for about three weeks. They also kept sending me renewal notices but the […]

Question of the Day – Car Insurance

Monday, April 30th, 2007

The post, Why Are Insurance Companies So Interested In Your Car’s Onboard Computer System?, from the Consumerist made me think about a great Question of the Day: Should insurance companies be allowed to use information gathered from a car’s onboard computer (black box)? This question may not have much meaning to you now, but I […]

How Would $4 Gas Affect Your Budget?

Friday, April 27th, 2007

I was talking with my wife about how some people are predicting gasoline to go to $4 per gallon. She said, “Wow. That would cause us to make changes to our budget. Something would have to be cut.” She’s right. My wife drives a lot of miles and according to my calculator, gas at $4 […]

Why Your Planner Wants You in Debt

Friday, April 27th, 2007

I saw this little article in the May 2007 issue of Money and had to share it with you because it is related to all my mortgage posts. Unfortunately, there’s no link available so I’ll have to tell you what it is about. On page 40B of the May issue of Money there is a […]

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