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How Much Do You Spend in Fees and Taxes For Cell Phone Service?

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

I read an article in today’s WSJ about “free” cell phone services for the poor. These services are paid for through taxes on regular cell phone bills. The article inspired me to calculate how much my family spends on cell phone taxes and fees on a monthly basis. Here’s what I found: For us, the […]

50 Worst Months in S&P History (and What Followed)

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

As promised, here are the fifty worst months in the history of the S&P 500 (and its precurser, the S&P 90 prior to 1957). Of the 50 worst months, 30 of them were followed by positive returns over the next 12 months (not including the worst month). Ironically, these numbers are basically identical to the […]

Three Books I’m Working on Right Now

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

In the last two days I have received three books from Wiley. All three look like great reads. They are (all affiliate links)… Great read so far. I’ll review once I’m finished (hopefully Friday). Ken Fisher’s latest. Looks interesting. Again, another interesting-looking read. I look forward to reading them all. Fortunately, all of them are […]

OT: Scott Adams’ Ideas for Improving the Government

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

I read an interesting humor piece in this weekend’s WSJ by Scott Adams (creator of “Dilbert”) titled What if Government WEre More LIke an iPod? The point of the piece is adapting government to the internet age. In the modern era, it doesn’t make sense for a candidate to trek all over the country in […]

S&P Index Monthly Return Ranges (Along with Best and Worst 12-Month Follow-Ups)

Monday, November 7th, 2011

How’s that for a title? These posts NEVER generate any discussion but I still think they are interesting. Anyway, today’s post expands on last week’s findings. I took the same graphic from last week and expanded it to include the best and worst returns for the monthly return ranges, which helps put the average returns […]

WSJ: Generation Jobless

Monday, November 7th, 2011

This morning’s WSJ contained the first article in a series this week on the unemloyment situation for young people. This morning’s article focused on young men between the ages of 25 and 34. The article profiled two young men. Neither of them had a college education (and one has a criminal record). I don’t envy […]

Are We Headed for ANOTHER Recession? John Hussman Thinks So

Monday, November 7th, 2011

From John Hussman’s weekly commentary: Here in the U.S., our broadest models (both ensembles and probit models) continue to imply a probability of oncoming recession near 100%. It’s important to recognize, though, that there is such a uniformity of recession warnings here (in ECRI head Lakshman Achuthan’s words, a “contagion”) that even an unsophisticated, unweighted […]

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