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What Percentage of Your Adsense Revenues Did Google Take Back in March?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

I have been a Google Adsense user since 2005. EVERY MONTH my earnings (the amount I was actually paid) equaled my estimated earnings. Every month. Until last October. Last October I noticed that my earnings were slightly lower than my estimated earnings. Every month since October, my earnings have been less than my estimated earnings. […]

Amazon: WOW!

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Thinking about Amazon (AMZN)… With earnings of $1.37 per share (not sure if those are past or expected earnings) and a current price per share of $221.39, Amazon (AMZN) has an earnings yield of .62% (a P/E of 161.6…LOL!). One of three things is going to happen: earnings will catch up or the stock will […]

Another Piece of Drivel from Alan Blinder

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

It’s been awhile since I have posted something controversial. This one is an opinion piece by Alan Blinder regarding the Supreme Court and the health care law. Whether you are for or against the health care law, Alan Blinder misses the point of the Supreme Court, which is to decide whether or not something is […]

AFM Kid Project (I need your help)

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

After posting my daughter’s “If I Had $100″ piece yesterday, I got to thinking that it would be cool to compose a list of money-related questions to ask our kids and then share the responses with each other here on AFM. So here are ten questions I came up with that I think would be […]

“If I Had $100″ by my 7-Year Old Daughter

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

My daughter had to write a little story on the topic of “If I Had $100.” This is what she wrote: A pool so I could swim. A pair of new shoes so I could have a matching outfit. A table cloth so our table can look pretty. New higheel because they are pretty. A […]

Quote of the Day – Social Security

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

From the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics regarding Social Security: Social Security retirement benefits are based on average indexed monthly earnings for the thirty-five highest earnings years prior to retirement. The benefit formula is set up to favor lower-income workers. For example, in 2004, someone with average monthly earnings of $624 received a benefit that replaced […]

Annual Review of the AFM iShares Retirement Portfolio

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

I have been tracking a retirement portfolio for several years here at AFM. It’s split 30/20/50 between domestic stocks, international stocks, and fixed income, respectively. The domestic stock portion is invested evenly in the 10 sector exchange-traded funds that make up the Dow Jones Total Market Index. The international stock portion was invested in the […]

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