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Investment Basics: What’s An “Index?”

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Ryan over at UncommonCents has written a pretty good post titled Working Backwards: What’s an Index? What’s getting confusing about indexing is the sheer number of indexes that are now available. For instance, here’s a list of some of the MANY indexes that are available: Dow Jones FTSE Lipper Morningstar MSCI Barra Russell Standard & […]

Credit Card Defaults Are Soaring

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Here’s some “lovely” news on the credit card front: According to Money, credit card defaults are alarmingly high. According to the article credit card delinquencies are part of the fallout from the subprime mess. So, this really shouldn’t be a surprise to any of us. All of this bad news has hit the financial sectors […]

Top 8 New Years Resolutions For You and Your Wallet

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Don’t know what your New Year’s Resolution is going to be yet? Here are a few great ideas: Quit Smoking. You might think this doesn’t have anything to do with finances, but you would be wrong. Let’s say you smoke 2 pack a week and pay $4.00 a pack. Quitting will save you $576 a […]

JLP’s Weekly Roundup (Week of December 17, 2007)

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Here’s my roundup for the week of December 17. MBH warns to be careful about tipping our hand. JD has some advice and tips for first time homebuyers.Here’s a couple of tips from me: 1. Don’t buy more house than you can afford. 2. Most people can and should forget about ARMs and instead go […]

Should We Say ‘Goodbye’ to Cheap Food?

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

I was standing in line at the grocery store earlier this evening when I saw a copy of The Economist on the rack in the checkout lane. The cover story titled

Interesting Quotes From John Bogle

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Here’s a quote from John Bogle regarding the subprime mortgage crisis and the part that the rating agencies played: I have always been skeptical about the rating services. I think there was tremendous reliance on rating services. It is irresponsible for a giant financial institution to let someone else tell them the quality of the […]

A Simple Portfolio for a 4% Yield

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

The January 2008 issue of Money featured an interesting article by Michael Sivy titled The 4% Solution, which is about finding yield for a retirement portfolio. The article mentioned a simple portfolio that currently yields a little over 4%. As Michael mentions in his article, the reason 4% is so important is that most retirees […]

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