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How Do We Exit The Bailout?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

I read this in The Economist: ECONOMIC policymakers across the rich world face two delicate balancing acts over the new few years. The first, involving monetary policy, is being widely discussed and carefully planned by teams of technocrats. Central bankers must keep their balance-sheets big and interest rates low for long enough to prevent deflation […]

The History of Inflation

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Here is something for all you chart and graphics lovers. I took the information available from this BLS.gov’s CPI page and made a couple of graphics. This first one shows the percent change in the yearly CPI beginning in 1920: What’s really interesting is this line graph, which tracks the CPI in dollar terms (assuming […]

S&P 20-Year Rolling Period Returns (1926 – 2008)

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Okay, here is an updated version of a post I did a couple of years ago where I took the returns for the S&P and analyzed them by various rolling-periods (5-years, 10-years, and 20-years). Today, I want to look at 20-year rolling-period returns. Check out the graphic I prepared (you can click on the graphic […]

Interesting Stuff Found Around the Net

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Happy Friday! This morning was the “Me Parade” for my daughter’s Kindergarten class. The Me Parade is when the kids march around the campus, holding flags that they created that are supposed to be all about them. It’s a really cute deal The only problem is that our daughter didn’t want to say goodbye and […]

Revisiting the Kiplinger Recovery Index

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

I was on the Kiplinger Recovery Index page today and notice that they checked off another economic indicator, existing home sales: So, two out of the six indicators they follow are now on the positive side. Also, notice how the boxes are shaded from green to red. The more green you see, the closer that […]

401(k) Just a Few Thousand Away From Previous High

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

I was checking my wife’s 401(k) balance last night and noticed a couple of interesting things: 1. The balance is just a few thousand shy of its previous high-water mark. Yes, that number includes contributions but it’s still shows drastic improvement from the low. 2. Last year’s personal rate of return was somewhere around -40%. […]

Working On Updating Rolling-Period Returns…

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Good Morning, lovely readers. I just wanted to let you know that I’m working on updating the rolling-period returns for the S&P 500 Index (including inflation). The results should be reported later today. Stay tuned…

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