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Harvey Mackay’s Advice for Job Interviews

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

I just found out that Harvey Mackay has just published a new book titled, Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door: Job Search Secrets No One Else Will Tell You*. I love the title. If his other books are any indication, I’m sure his new book is a great one. While looking […]

A Decade-by-Decade Look at the S&P 500 Index and Inflation

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Okay, for those you who like graphics (do any of you like graphics or am I just doing this for my own gratification?), here is a decade-by-decade look at the S&P 500 Total Return Index and the CPI. I began each decade with the S&P 500 TR Index, the CPI, and the S&P 500 TR […]

Back to Health Care…

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

I was reading in today’s WSJ about how Obama is pressing on with a full scale health care plan. One of the articles I read offered this explanation for why the president is against scaling back the bill: The president explored a scaled-back approach and asked his staff to examine areas of broad political agreement, […]

Inflation Really Jacks Up Investment Returns

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Taking a look at the S&P 500 Index adjusted for inflation. After putting together last week’s posts comparing the S&P 500 Index with the Unemployment Rate, I decided to take a look at the S&P 500 Total Return Index along with the Consumer Price Index from 1960 through 2009. Here’s the S&P 500 TR Index […]

ETFs and Tracking Error

Friday, February 19th, 2010

There was an interesting article in today’s WSJ about a recent report issued by Morgan Stanley on how the tracking error between exchange-traded funds and their prospective indexes increased last year: Last year, 54 ETFs showed tracking errors of more than three percentage points, up from just four funds the prior year. And a handful […]

Follow-Up on My Cuisinart Fully Automatic Burr Grind and Brew Coffeemaker (It’s Not All Good)

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Okay, I have had my Cuisinart Fully Automatic Burr Grind and Brew Coffeemaker for a little over seven months. For the most part it works okay. But, lately it’s been acting up in the following ways: • Some mornings I’ll get it all set up, pour in the water, push the “On” button and the […]

This Comment Made Me Laugh…

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

This comment by Kirk (NOT Kirk Kinder) was left on my Student Loan From Hell post: This whole dialogue is accomplishing nothing. There needs to be some meaningful dialogue with legislators to remove the inability to file chapter 7 bankruptcy on student loans. Why is it possible to remove all other debt and still be […]

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