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Will Freezing Subprime Mortgage Rates Help?

Friday, November 30th, 2007

I’m skeptical that freezing subprime mortgage rates is the answer to our subprime mortgage mess. But freezing mortgage rates is exactly what the government and financial institutions are about to do, according to this front page article ($) in today’s Wall Street Journal. Here’s some of the highlights from the article: Details of the plan, […]

The Real Key to Acheiving Your Goals

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

It’s easy to turn your dreams into goals on paper, but you’re much more likely to acheive those goals–and be satisfied when you do–if they reflect your true values.

Question of the Day – Paying for College

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

From Some Colleges Cut, Eliminate Student Debt ($) in today’s Wall Street Journal comes this question of the day: Should there be a minimum payout requirement for colleges and university endowments? The article gives an example: Amherst College, for instance, spent 4.6% of its $1.34 billion endowment in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006. […]

NeatReceipts is Giving Away $1,000 Each Week Until Christmas!

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

I just received an email from a PR person for NeatReceipts asking me to mention a promotion they are running. Some of you may remember the NeatReceipts giveaway I held on several months ago. Anyway, each week between now and Christmas, NeatReceipts is going to give away $1,000 to one lucky winner. Here’s the details […]

Total Market Index vs. Sector Investing

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Take a look at the graphic below, which is the sector allocation of the iShares DJ Total Market Index Fund (IYY): Notice anything significant about that allocation? I’ll give you a hint: it’s the fact that over 17% of the fund is allocated to the financial sector. Unfortunately, financial stocks have been hammered this year. […]

Merrill Lynch is Full of Bull…

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Flipping through the WSJ tonight, I came across a full-page ad for Merrill Lynch (page A7 in the paper if you’re interested). The ad says this: In 1915, Charlie Merrill said, “The interests of our clients always come first.” Today we make the same unwavering declaration: The interests of our clients always come first. Then, […]

“Share This” Feature Installed But Not Working Properly

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Okay, I finally got around to installing the “Share This” plugin, which can be seen at the bottom of every post. It’s a cool little tool that will allow you to share any posts that you think are worth sharing (it’s also a great way that you can help me grow my blog). The only […]

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