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How Far Would You Go to Seek Employment?

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Did anyone catch 60 Minutes this past weekend? They ran the following story called The 99ers: This particular story focused on San Jose, California. While watching it, I couldn’t help but wonder why these people don’t leave the area. I’m not trying to be judgmental because I definitely would not want to go through what […]

OT: My Random Experiences as a Parent (and funny things my kids have said)

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

My wife and I have three kids. The oldest is a freshman in high school. The next oldest is in 8th grade. The youngest is in 1st grade. It’s pretty wild having the youngest one so much younger than the oldest two. For seven years our family consisted of two boys spaced about 17 months […]

Paying for the Deficit with Taxes…

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

I know we keep talking about this stuff but it’s important. I read this article this afternoon: Key Tax Breaks at Risk as Panel Looks at Cuts. The biggie on the table is the mortgage interest deduction. That’s not all: …in addition to the mortgage-interest deductions, are child tax credits and the ability of employees […]

Annoying BlackBerry Torch Calendar Crash (‘Uncaught Exception’)

Monday, October 25th, 2010

I upgraded to the BlackBerry Torch 9800 on Friday. For the most part, I love this phone (except for the fact that BlackBerry decided not to supply a belt holster with the phone). It’s definitely a better phone than the Bold 9000 I was using. It has one very annoying glitch, though. When I open […]

Dollar Cost Averaging Over the Last 19 Years (The Importance of Rebalancing)

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

This is a continuation of yesterday’s post. I ran the numbers under the following two scenarios: • $500 per month with no rebalancing. • $500 per month with annual rebalancing. Here are what the numbers look like: I have to say that this one surprised me until I considered everything that has happened over the […]

Question of the Day (Stolen from Vanguard’s Facebook Page)

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Today’s Question of the Day comes from Vanguard’s facebook page: How often do you check your portfolio? A. Monthly B. Annually C. Whenever the market drops D. Never My response: E. Whenever I think about it but NEVER after a huge market drop. I went something like six months before. I figured there was no […]

Stocks and Bonds Over the Last 19 Years

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

I have been looking for monthly total return history for bonds but haven’t had a lot of luck (unless I want to fork over some serious money). I asked Craig Israelsen and he was able to provide me with monthly bond returns going back to 1991. I’m still looking for monthly returns going back to […]

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