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Do Landlords of Low-Income Housing Make a Profit?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I have been a subscriber to the Houston Chronicle for the last several months. It seems like nearly every day there is a front page article about how the low-income housing apartment complexes aren’t being properly maintained. Apparantly, these complexes will get sited for some violation and the landlord will just ignore it. Some of […]

The S&P 500 Index May Be Superior to the Dow But Its Performance Is Not

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Check out this comment from my previous post on the Dow Jones Industrial Average: I definitely agree that the Dow (DJIA) is built on poor math. However, historical charts of the Dow vs the S&P 500 are almost identical. So I don’t think it’s really that big a deal. Well, that comment got me to […]

Mark Cuban: Where to Put Your Money Right Now

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Yesterday’s Houston Chronicle basically reprinted this October 15th blog post by Mark Cuban: Where to Put Your Money Right Now. His main point is that it makes no sense to pay interest on debt that is greater than the return on your investments. I agree. However, I’m not sure I like the idea of selling […]

How Each Stock Affects the Dow’s Performance

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Here’s a quick illustration of how the Dow Jones Industrial Average is calculated. Below is a table with all thirty stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The fourth column shows each stock’s daily price change. The last column show’s each stock’s impact on the Dow’s performance, which is found by dividing the price change […]

Remember Mr. Roubini? Now He Says the Worst is Yet to Come!

Monday, October 27th, 2008

A couple of months ago I mentioned an interview with Nouriel Roubini, Economist and Professor at New York University. It turns out his assessment on the credit crisis was spot-on. Now he’s a busy man traveling all over the world, talking to people about crisis and what’s to be expected. Guess what? He fears the […]

Okay…Enough Bad Stuff…Here Are 10 Things That Are Going Right!

Friday, October 24th, 2008

I got an email last week with a link to Kiplinger’s 10 Things That Are Going Right. Their 10 things along with my thoughts… 1. Oil Loses Its Swagger – prices are down, but I think this is temporary. 2. A Tipping Point for the Auto Industry 3. Interest Rates Are Low and Headed Lower […]

Now’s The Time To Buy – Right?

Friday, October 24th, 2008

So the market is falling – or has fallen. I don’t want to use the word “crash,” but dropping from 14,000 in October 2007 down to 8,350 today (markets are still trading as I type) is pretty dramatic no matter how you phrase it. If you believe history – and Warren Buffett – now is […]

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