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2008 Benchmark Index Returns

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Okay, the markets closed about 30 minutes ago. Here’s a quick look at how some of the major U. S. market indexes performed for 2008. NOTE: These are not total returns. I’ll publish total returns as soon as they are available. I don’t know about you but I’m happy to say goodbye to 2008!

OT: How Many Songs Are On Your iPod?

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

I FINALLY got an iPod! My wife bought me the 160 GB iPod Classic. I LOVE IT! Every CD I own has been ripped and stored on my music hard drive. I have spent some time over the last few days, going through my music library and loading up my iPod. I even purchased one […]

Ten For Tuesday (December 30, 2008)

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Here’s this week’s Ten for Tuesday. Enjoy! 1. From Charles Schwab comes the Personal Finance Calendar for 2009. 2. Brian Tracy’s short and sweet Guide to Time Management. 3. A TV cannot change your life. 4. The Digerati Life takes a look at how the Madoff fraud affects us. 5. How to Keep Your Job […]

Bureaus Roll Out New Credit Score Formula for 2009

Monday, December 29th, 2008

The three credit bureaus will begin using a new formula to calculate credit scores in 2009 – just as folks were starting to get the hang of what goes into the old formula. Transunion will roll out the new formula in January, Equifax in the Spring, and Experian is TBD as of yet. The primary […]

Question of the Day – Kids and Chores

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Okay, here’s today’s question of the day: How much of a stickler for details are you when your kids do a chore? I ask this because I don’t know if I’m expecting too much of my kids. Here’s the way things usually play out: The boys are supposed to do their chores. They know what […]

It Can Happen: 3/4 of Tenants late

Monday, December 29th, 2008

As some of you may know, I became a landlord earlier this year. I now own two duplexes (4 units), one advantage of which is that it is very unlikely that all my tenants will be delinquint at once. Unlikely, but not impossible of course. So far this has worked out well. Earlier this year […]

Boost Reserves or Buy Stocks?

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Many people who save regularly are facing a similar dilemma in the wake of the 2008 market chaos as they look ahead to setting 2009 goals. Should I boost my cash reserves or should I buy stocks? Cash is probably the right choice if you: Need the money to spend in less than 7 years, […]

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