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From U.S. News: Five Nasty Credit Card Surprises

Friday, August 31st, 2007

It’s been a busy day for a Friday. I have had a ton of interesting stuff to blog about. I’m afraid if I don’t post it today, I’ll forget about it! Anyhow, my contact at U.S. News & World Report sent me links to three interesting articles regarding credit cards that I thought I would […]

Congrats to Trent!

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Trent over at TheSimpleDollar and his wife welcomed a baby girl into their family today (I think). I’m pretty sure they are going to name her TheSimpleDaughter. LOL! Anyway, as much as I ranted on Trent last week, I do want everyone to know that I don’t harbor any hard feelings and I wish Trent […]

Bloomberg vs. CNBC – Which One Do You Prefer?

Friday, August 31st, 2007

First off, I don’t normally watch financial TV. Why? Because it’s too noisy and there’s so much conflicting information that I think it does nothing but confuse people. That said, this week I was flipping through the channels and decided to check out Bloomberg TV. Believe it or not, I had never watched Bloomberg TV […]

JLP’s Weekly Roundup (Week of August 27, 2007)

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Here’s a few posts from the MoneyBlogNetwork (and beyond) over this past week: Nickel asks if using IRA funds to buy a house is a good or bad idea. FMF with why having a budget is the first step to getting out of debt. MBH hosted this week’s Carnival of Debt Reduction. Jim takes a […]

Crisis Council From Ben Stein – Good Stuff!

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Fortune, one of my most favorite magazines, has dedicated their latest issue to the topic of risk. One of the cool features of this particular issue is their nine-page section called “Wall Street Voices – Crisis Council,” which are the opinions of some of the bigwigs on Wall Street (and Omaha, NE) regarding the subprime […]

The Subprime Mess: State by State

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Take a look at this map I found on It’s a state-by-state look at subprime mortgages. The redder the area, the greater number of subprime loans. Take a look at California: NOT GOOD! The reason this is big news is that when real estate prices were hot, people who took out subprime loans could […]

The “Luck Factor” in Investing

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Did you ever think about how luck factors into saving for retirement? I never did until last night after I put together a couple of spreadsheets in Excel. Take a look at this chart: The reddish line represents the monthly growth of an S&P 500 portfolio using the actual monthly returns of the S&P 500, […]

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