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William Bernstein on How Much You Should Have Saved for Retirement

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Interesting interview with William Berstein in MONEY. Tell me what you think of this piece from the article: So how should I be investing near and after retirement? You want to end up with a portfolio that matches your liabilities, meaning the amount you’ll need to spend in retirement. The rule of thumb I came […]

Comparing the Monthly Performance of Three S&P 500 ETFs

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

I thought it might be interesting to look at the monthly performance of three different exchange-traded funds that track the S&P 500 Index (iShares S&P 500 Index ETF (IVV), SPDR S&P 500 Index ETF (SPY), and Vanguard S&P 500 Index ETF (VOO)). The newest ETF of the bunch is Vanguard’s VOO, which has monthly return […]

Interesting Look at Last Night’s Game from a Gambling Point of View

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

I wondered how last night’s improbable outcome of the game between the Packers and Seahawks affected gambling. Seahawks – Packers Game Tilts Gamblers’ Fortunes I did think this was pretty cool: … decided to refund those who had bet on the Packers, saying it was the right thing to do. Did any of you watch […]

Chart of the Day – Consumer Confidence by Political Affiliation

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Click on graphic to go to source Question: why are Democrats so confident?

Ten for Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Happy Tuesday to you all. This is day two of my daughter being home sick with something like the flu. She’s better today but I kept her home just in case. Stay healthy, people. Here’s this morning’s Ten for Tuesday. Enjoy! 1. Foolish interview with Michael Mauboussin. 2. David Bach’s 3 basket approach to financial […]

Quote of the Day: Speculation vs. Gambling

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Today’s quote of the day comes from Chapter 12 – Investment and Speculation in Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy*, one of my favorite books: Speculation is often misunderstood as being the same as gambling, when in fact it is the opposite of gambling. What gambling involves, whether in games […]

WSJ: “Free” Checking Costs More

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Interesting… From today’s WSJ: To avoid a monthly fee, bank customers in the U.S. must keep an average minimum balance of $723 in checking accounts that pay no interest—up 23% over last year, according to a new survey from data provider Bankrate Inc., which analyzed 477 checking accounts at 247 banks and thrifts. The average […]

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