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Year to Date Total Returns for S&P 500 and Other Benchmarks

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

NOTE: I updated the graphic so that it now also tracks the MSCI EAFE Index and the MSCI ACWI Ex US Indexes. Here are the April total returns for the S&P 500, S&P Midcap 400, S&P Smallcap 600, Barclay’s Aggregate Bond Index, Oil, and Gold (click on the graphic to download the PDF). It’s hard […]

Question of the Day: Should You Let Your Grown Kids Live with You?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

I haven’t done a question of the day in a while. Yesterday’s post got me to thinking about this. So, here’s today’s question(s) of the day: Would you allow your grown child to live with you? Under what circumstances? Would you have rules? Here are my thoughts… I haven’t discussed this with my wife, but […]

Getting a Raise? Up Your 401(k) Contribution a Percentage Point

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Let’s say you make $75,000 per year and you are saving 10% in your 401(k). Now let’s say you get a 5% raise, which puts your new annual income at $78,750. Now, before you go make a budget based on your new income, I want you consider increasing your 401(k) contribution percentage by 1% to […]

Schiff: The Fed is Pushing Oil Prices Higher

Monday, April 25th, 2011

I was going through my email and found a link to this interesting interview with Peter Schiff, author of one of my favorite books from last year, How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes*. I thought this question and answer was interesting: Question: So, with a more thoughtful and sober monetary policy from the […]

Anyone Want to Join Me in a Chapter-by-Chapter Review of “Basic Economics?”

Monday, April 25th, 2011

I have been wanting to do a community book review for a while now. Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics 4th Ed: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy, would be a great book to start with. It’s a long book but it’s easy to understand and I think readers would get something out of it. Here’s […]

Washington State Considering a Tax on Electric Vehicles

Monday, April 25th, 2011

There’s no getting away from taxes… Washington considers annual flat fee for electric cars “Electric vehicles put just as much wear and tear on our roads as gas vehicles,” said Democratic state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, the bill’s lead sponsor. “This simply ensures that they contribute their fair share to the upkeep of our roads.” […]

Update on the Israelsen 7Twelve Portfolio

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

I have been meaning to post an update on the 7Twelve Portfolio but haven’t done so this year. Here are the latest numbers as of this morning’s prices (you can click on the graphic to view a PDF version): For those of you not familiar with the 7Twelve Portfolio, I would suggest you start here: […]

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