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One AFM Reader’s Response to a New York Times Op-Ed Piece

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

AFM reader, “EZ,” sent me an email with a link to this op-ed piece that was recently published in the New York Times. The op-ed piece was about how the bankruptcy process should be easier so that “American families torn apart by the economic upheavals of the last two years…” (Ronald Mann’s words) can move […]

Jason Zweig: Companies Are Hoarding Dividends

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Interesting Jason Zweig piece in last weekend’s WSJ regarding dividends: Last year, the companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index reduced their dividends by $48 billion. Today, payouts are running at an annual rate of $206 billion. So far, dividends are down 9.4% from 2009’s first quarter. It continues… But many other companies are […]

How to Go From $1,000 to $74,000 in a Year

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

File this under “Useless but Interesting Trivia” A little over a year ago, you could have purchased 10,000 shares of Pier 1 for $.10 each (YES…that’s TEN CENTS EACH) for a total investment of $1,000. At the close yesterday, those 10,000 shares would have been worth right at $74,000! Of course it would have taken […]

What Would You Do If…?

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Interesting tidbit from this short article today’s WSJ: Warren Buffett gave his son enough to follow his dream, but not enough to do nothing. What would you have done if someone, very early in your adult life, had given you a free ticket to explore any career you wanted—but not enough to stop working forever? […]

Did You Know Ameriprise Has Their Own Channel on YouTube?

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Note: This post uses some sarcasm. You have been warned. I was perusing YouTube today and came across Ameriprise’s YouTube Channel. I watched a couple of videos from their “Client Stories” section. They almost gave me the warm fuzzies. They talk about various clients and what their goals and dreams are and how the Ameriprise […]

OT: ‘The Politeness Project’

Friday, March 12th, 2010

I was going through our stack of mail this morning and came across my wife’s copy of Ladies’ Home Journal. I picked it up and thumbed through it because I saw something about organization on the front cover, which went along with a post I did just a couple of days ago. While looking for […]

It’s Friday. How About a Couple of Music Videos?

Friday, March 12th, 2010

It’s Friday and I’m going to take a break from finance on this post and share with you a couple of music videos. This first one is one of my favorites: This one I saw on Russ Thornton‘s facebook page. I have never really listened to Radiohead but I really like this song: This last […]

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