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John Bogle’s Thoughts on P/E Ratios

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

From page 321 of John Bogle’s book, Common Sense on Mutual Funds: Fully Updated 10th Anniversary Edition*: “In the shorter run, the irrationality in stock returns is created by the speculative element. Stock market irrationality can be measured by the ephemeral—but critical—factor represented by the stock market’s price-earnings ratio. If, following Lord Keynes [John Maynard […]

The Decline of the P/E Ratio?

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

I just read an interesting WSJ piece on the decline in the importance of the price/earnings ratio. P/E ratios are on the decline: The stock market’s average price/earnings ratio, meanwhile, is in free fall, having plunged about 36% during the past year, the largest 12-month decline since 2003. It now stands at about 14.9, compared […]

Ten for Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

1. Lynn O’Shaughnessy reviews Debt-Free U. I mentioned another article about this topic last week, which you can read here. 2. Different Types of Real Estate Agents and What They Do. 3. How to Get Out of Debt – Step 10. 4. Rethinking Adjustable Rate Mortgages. 5. If you think your state is broke now, […]

Question of the Day: What’s One Thing the Credit Crisis Taught You?

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Here is today’s Question of the Day: What’s One Thing the Credit Crisis Taught You? To me, I think one thing that this crisis taught me is that the government will do anything without first counting the costs of that action. The reason for this is that there really are no consequences for government leaders […]

Scott Burns: Get Ready for the “Great Migration”

Monday, August 30th, 2010

From Scott Burns’ The Great Migration: Lemons Into Lemonade Get ready for one of the largest corporate migrations in history. It will happen of necessity as managements try to find ways to do things for employees without increasing payroll costs. The move will be from the expensive coasts to less expensive areas. This is not […]

Question From a Reader: Paying Back a Debt After Twelve Years

Monday, August 30th, 2010

I was cleaning out my email inbox and found this email from way back in July: Hello, I have a question. If a person owed money to someone in 1998, but did not repay that amount until 2010, how can he calculate what amount to return now (in 2010) considering that much inflation has taken […]

The Periodic Table of Dow Jones Sector Returns (1992 – 2009)

Monday, August 30th, 2010

I hadn’t realized that it had been over three years since I last updated this graphic. What the graphic below represents is a year-by-year ranking of the ten sectors that make up the Dow Jones Total Market Index along with returns for the Total Market Index and a Portfolio composed of equal weights of each […]

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