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Year-to-Date Sector Total Returns

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Here is a quick look at the yeart-to-date total returns (includes dividends) for the ten sectors that make up the Dow Jones Total Market Index. As you can see, 2008 has not been kind! I’ll update the Israelsen Portfolio next.

A Way You Can Help!

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Here’s a worthwhile program you can donate to: According to their website, the Shoes for Orphan Souls has given away 1.6 million pairs of shoes to orphan children here in the United States and throughout the world. That’s great but there are 143 million orphans in the world! The need is still great. You can […]

Young Investors Should be More Conservative?

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

I read an interesting and – shockingly – unique piece of financial advice the other day which I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. The advice was embedded in a very typical personal finance article on retirement under USA Today’s “21st Century Retirement” collection. The title of the article is How should you […]

What’s the Best Way to Help Someone?

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

The Houston Chronicle has been running a series called GoodFellows, in which they profile a family in financial straits that can’t afford Christmas. The stories are both sad and maddening. They are sad because these families need help and maddening because so many men fail to take responsibility for their actions. For instance, one family […]

Robert Rubin Disappoints Me

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

A front-page article in today’s Wall Street Journal talked about Robert Rubin’s role ($) during the Citigroup turmoil. From the article: Mr. Rubin said it is a company’s risk-management executives who are responsible for avoiding problems like the ones Citigroup faces. “The board can’t run the risk book of a company,” he said. “The board […]

Wal Mart Employee Trampled to Death by Crazy Shoppers!

Friday, November 28th, 2008

This is why I don’t go out on the Friday after Thanksgiving: Wal-Mart Worker Dies After Crowd Rushes Store It’s just not worth it to save a few bucks. I say this as my wife and mother-in-law are out shopping at this very moment!

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the day!

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