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Had You Invested on the Last Day of September, 1929…

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Had you been unlucky enough to have invested $100 in the S&P on the last day of September, 1929 and held on to your shares, it would have taken you 184 months (or 15.33 years) to get back above your $100 investment. Check out this graph to see what I mean: Not counting inflation, your […]

The 50 Worst Months in S&P History and What Followed

Friday, October 31st, 2008

This is a follow-up to my last post. Below is a listing of the 50 Worst Months in the S&P history along with the 1-month, 6-month, 1-year, and 5-year returns that followed: Nineteen times (40% of the time) the one year returns following the bad month were negative. It’s also interesting to note that the […]

The 10 Worst Months in S&P History and What Followed

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I received the following email this morning: I recently came across your blog, and enjoyed the read. I’m trying to do some research on the top-10 worst performing months for the S&P, and how the markets performed 1 month and 6 months after each of those months. Do you have any further info and data […]

Some Interesting Findings From a myFi Survey

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Jonathan Clements, former columnist for the Wall Street Journal and now the Director of Financial Guidance at, sent me a copy of the press release for a recent survey that was conducted for his firm. Here are some of the findings: If the current financial crisis were a baseball game, the typical American thinks […]

OT: You Gotta Read This!

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

My brother sent me a link to this piece written to the great-grandson of John Wooden (if you don’t know who John Wooden is, shame on you!). This little snippet really got to me: I believe your great-grandfather was spared so he could be an example of how to live morally and simply and well. […]

My Favorite Warren Buffett Sayings

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

I was reading through Mary Buffett & David Clark’s The Tao of Warren Buffett* this morning while waiting to get my oil changed. It’s a great little book that takes different sayings and thoughts from Warren Buffett and explains them. Anyway, here are a few of my favorites from the book: No. 6 “It is […]

Looking Back: Regulations and Financial Crises

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I think the article Regulation and the Mortgage Crisis is worth mentioning. According to the author, it aims “to provide perspective” on the “finger-pointing about responsibility for the absence of effective regulation that would have stopped or moderated the crisis.” It’s a really interesting read. There are two sectors where more extensive regulation might have […]

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