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What About Those 12b-1 Fees on the Schwab Exchange-Traded Funds?

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Last week, I mentioned that Schwab was introducing several new exchange-traded funds and that what was going to set these apart from the other ETFs was that they were going to trade commission-free to Schwab clients. Lucas, a reader and fairly frequent commenter on this blog read the prospectus and found this interesting tidbit of […]

Wow! The S&P 500 is Up 5.55% in November

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

The S&P 500 Total Return Index sits at 1795.12. It’s up 5.55% for the month of November and 23.55% for the year. The S&P Midcap 400 is up 5.61% for November (31.58% YTD) and the S&P Smallcap 600 is 49.93% for the month and 18.21% YTD. Just a little FYI for you.

What Good Will Giving Each Baby $500 Accomplish?

Monday, November 9th, 2009

As if we don’t have enough government programs as it is… MSN Money posted an article over the weekend titled, Junior’s 1st Paycheck: $500 at Birth. I wrote about this program, called ASPIRE, in the past. The goal of ASPIRE is to give EVERY newborn baby a $500 savings account to be used for college, […]

Turning Home ‘Buyers’ Into Renters

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Fannie Mae is becoming a landlord… Fannie Mae will allow homeowners facing foreclosure to stay in their homes and rent them for as long as a year, as part of the government’s latest effort to help troubled borrowers, while keeping more foreclosed properties from hitting the housing market. The “Deed for Lease” Program lets borrowers […]

A Little Friday Fun For You…

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Back in August, my wife and I went to see Chris Isaak in concert. It was awesome! If you get the chance to see Chris in concert, GO! Anyway, below is a live video of my favorite song from his newest CD, “Mr. Lucky.” Enjoy…

Schwab is Introducing ETFs That Trade Commission-Free

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Charles Schwab recently announced that they were getting into the exchange-traded funds game by introducing several new Schwab-branded ETFs. I have listed the new ETFs below, along with their expense ratio and the description as provided by Schwab. What makes these particular ETFs interesting is that they will trade commission-free to Schwab clients. Of course, […]

How to Use the RATE Function in Excel

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Yesterday I used the RATE function in Excel for a post. A reader asked me if I could explain the RATE function. This post will attempt to do that. First off, you use the RATE function when you want to calculate what rate of return would be required to meet a certain goal, based on […]

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