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Barron’s Top 50 Annuities

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Given a dizzying number of features and restrictions, contracts for some annuities — variable and otherwise — can run 300 pages or more. And because each comes with its own small twists, these products can be very difficult to compare. That—and the fact that annuities tend to pay a lot higher commissions than comparable mutual […]

College 18 Years From Now…

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Another link posted by Russ. College in 18 years… In 18 years, the average sticker price for a private university could be as much as $130,428 a year (See chart.) The situation isn’t much better if you go the public route. Sending your child to a state university could set you back at least $41,228 […]

Great Piece from Forbes on Social Networking in Old Businesses

Friday, May 25th, 2012

This is a great idea: The Gents Place Puts a Modern Twist on Barbering My introduction to the Gents Place was through a Facebook ad that offered a free cut, shampoo and hot towel treatment—a $35 value—in exchange for my name, phone number, e-mail address and preferred social network. Who could resist? While waiting for […]

Looking at the Math of Season Passes

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Right now I’m on the Schlitterbahn website looking at ticket prices. We’re a family of five. We would need 4 adult tickets and one child ticket. Their one-day prices are $42.99 for adults and $31.99 for kids. It would cost us $204.95 (plus taxes and any other charges) to visit the park one time as […]

NPR: Partisan Psychology

Friday, May 25th, 2012

I’m not a fan of NPR but this article is interesting: Partisan Psychology: Why Do People Choose Political Loyalties Over Facts? When pollsters ask Republicans and Democrats whether the president can do anything about high gas prices, the answers reflect the usual partisan divisions in the country. About two-thirds of Republicans say the president can […]

AFM Reader Question: Roth IRA for Emergency Fund?

Friday, May 25th, 2012

I received the following email the other day: I read a blog post a few weeks ago at about using your Roth IRA as an Emergency Fund. Here’s the blog post: Does Using a Roth IRA as an Emergency Fund a Good Idea? I’ve been following your blog for several years now (you even […]

Some Friday (Political) Humor

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Saw this on facebook yesterday:

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