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Three Commandments for Stock Investing (from Jason Zweig)

Monday, November 30th, 2009

The latest book in the “Little Books Big Profits” series is Jason Zweig’s The Little Book of Safe Money: How to Conquer Killer Markets, Con Artists, and Yourself*. As you can probably tell from the title, this book is about keeping your money safe. Flipping through the book, I came across Jason’s Three Commandments for […]

I’m Back…

Monday, November 30th, 2009

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I was busy the week before Thanksgiving and we left to go out of town last Monday for Thanksgiving week. It was nice to get away and not worry about anything. Waiting for me on my front porch when I got home was a copy of John Bogle’s […]

Doing the ‘Right’ Thing – A Topic That Will Not Die

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Just watched this video clip on Larry Winget’s facebook page: Regardless of what the guy does, he’s in deep doo doo. He paid $340,000 (financing $272,000) for a house that is now worth between $120,000 and $140,000. He can afford the payment but is still thinking about walking away since the purchase is no longer […]

Addressing a Dave Ramsey Fan’s Comment

Monday, November 16th, 2009

My old Dave Ramsey posts regarding comparisons between the 15-year and 30-year mortgage still receive comments from time to time. This afternoon I noticed the following comment (on this post) that I want to address: In the comparison above the amount in savings is only listed for the 30 year mortgage. Where does this number […]

Advice for a Reader with a Really Bad Car Loan

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

I received this email yesterday: Hello, I am recently divorced and I recently filed bankruptcy and discharged. I needed transportation so I had to take what I could get under my circumstances. This is what I got which is not too good, but I needed something. Loan $23,108.93 APR 19.50% 72 months Payment $546.84 which […]

Taxation of Dividends

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

BG left the following comment on one of my previous posts: “JLP won’t like me saying it, but even the ultra-rich play this game where their “income” (dividends & investments make up the majority of their income) is only taxed at 15%, whereas I’m in the 25% bracket. That is their gain, my loss.” The […]

Some Pleasant News: The Social Security Wage Base Is Not Increasing for 2010

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

I was doing some work on the family budget for 2010 and looked up income subject to Social Security taxes in 2010 on the SSA website. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the income subject to social security taxes is not increasing in 2010. That means the amount subject to social security taxes is […]

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