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How NOT to Say “No Thanks” (In my opinion)

Friday, February 27th, 2009

I sent the following email to one of my favorite authors, asking for an interview opportunity: Mr. _________, I have been a fan of your work for many years now. I was wondering if I could do a short email interview with you regarding the current economy and how people can cope with facing a […]

I HATE This Idea: Taxing Drivers By the Mile

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

There’s a new commission report (study) out about Americans and their driving. From the Wall Street Journal: The government should make it a lot more expensive for Americans to drive and should install devices in cars that levy a fee for every mile traveled, according to a report being released Thursday by a congressionally chartered […]

Are S&P Index Earnings Calculated Correctly?

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

I just read an interesting piece by Jeremy Siegel that explains Standard & Poor’s methodology for calculating the earnings for the S&P 500 Index. The S&P 500 Index is a market-weighted index, which means that larger companies (based on market value) are a larger percentage of the index. However, as Dr. Siegel points out in […]

If Only EVERY Home Buyer Was This Ready!

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I saw this post over on the FatWallet forums: I recently read a thread about a person wanting to purchase a home. Almost all of the posters told the OP he was not financially ready. This made me wonder what everyone thinks of my situation, as I am under contract to purchase my first home. […]

As Goes January, So Goes the Year? Not Last Year!

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Remember the other day when I posted about Sam Stovall’s book, , and his 7 rules of investing? At the time I wrote that post, I had not yet seen his book. Well, yesterday I read browsed through the book at Barnes & Noble and got some clarification on his point number 2, which was […]

Question of the Day – When Will We Get Back to “Normal?”

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Okay, we have talked a lot about the current economic crisis and what caused it. Now let’s look to the future with the today’s Question of the Day: When do you think things will return to normal? By “normal,” I mean the economy starts growing again and people start putting money back into the stock […]

What Do You Think of Sam Stovall’s 7 Rules of Investing?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Sam Stovall (remember him?) has writtten a book on investing titled The Seven Rules of Wall Street: Crash-Tested Investment Strategies That Beat the Market* (remember Sam?). Kiplinger’s interviewed Sam about his book and asked him about his seven rules. I haven’t read the book so I’m not sure the reasoning behind some of Sam’s points. […]

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