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Archive for February, 2011

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The Five Personalities and Retirement Planning

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

I received an interesting email this morning from a PR person for Allianz Life (I’m not getting paid to post this) about a study that Allianz conducted recently about Americans’ readiness for retirement. They also placed the respondents into five different categories or personalities. From the email: Allianz Life’s Reclaiming the Future study polled 3,247 […]

Housing Market’s Not Looking Good in “Stable” Areas

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

One of my facebook friends linked to this article in the NY Times: Housing Market Looks Sickest in Cities That Once Seemed Immune We’re experiencing a buyer’s market in my part of the country. Prices are depressed, though not as bad as other parts of the country. Still, I’m seeing houses on the market for […]

Gold vs. S&P 500 Index 1973 – 2010

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

This post expands on my post from last week. This first graphic takes a look at the price of gold vs. the S&P 500 Total Return Index going back to 1973. The website I used for the gold price data, had daily data going back to the beginning of 1973. The data prior to that […]

Taking My Son to Get His Learner’s Permit

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I’m spending half the day with my son at the Texas DPS, waiting to get him his Texas learner’s permit. Fun times. I’ll have a follow-up to Friday’s post ready to go this afternoon.

Gold’s 2010 Performance

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Gold’s ride in 2010: The price of gold closed at $1,087.50 on December 30, 2009. It closed at $1,405.50 on December 31, 2010. That’s a 29.2% increase for 2010. Wow! Compare that to the S&P 500’s total return of 15.06% and you have double wow! I spent a little time putting together a couple of […]

My Frustrating Tassimo Direct Experience

Friday, February 11th, 2011

My wife has had a Tassimo machine for several years now. She loves it. A couple of years ago, Tassimo redesigned the machines, making them more modern-looking, sleeker, and maybe a tad smaller so that they don’t take up as much counter space. Anyway, her machine is getting pretty old and I have been thinking […]

Question of the Day – Goals

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

I’ve been doing some reading on goal-setting. Sadly, I have never really been a goal-setter. Yes, I have goals floating around in my head, but I have never really taken the time to write them down or track them. Subconsciously, I probably do this so that there’s no accountability. The problem is that I’m also […]

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