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Graphic of the Day – Calculating the Cost of an Exchange-Traded Fund

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

This is pretty cool (click on the graphic to see a larger version): Source: WSJ There is more to be considered when selecting an ETF than just the expense ratio. Spreads and brokerage commissions can take a large chunk out of the returns (if there are any).

iShares Introduced Some New Low-Cost Exchange-Traded Funds

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

I read yesterday that iShares is introducing some low-cost ETFs (I couldn’t locate the piece I read yesterday so I found something close to what I originally read) to compete with Vanguard. One of the new ETFs is iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA), which will have an expense ratio of 0.14 percent. What’s interesting […]

Here’s an Ad We Don’t See These Days

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

I was reading about Ray Lewis last night and one of the articles I read about him was in a PDF version of a magazine. Paging through the magazine, I came across an add for a mortgage broker who offered the following: WOW! This was from a magazine published in 2007. I know it was […]

The “SAVE Method” for Remembering a Person’s Name

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Have you ever found yourself in the following situation when you meet someone new: You: “Hello. My name is __________.” New Person: “My name is ___________.” You (to yourself): “GREAT! I’ve already forgotten his name!” Honestly, this happens to me a lot. I guess I’m just not paying attention. Today I was reading through John […]

Is Microsoft A Value Trap?

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

I read an interesting short piece in this morning’g WSJ about how Microsoft’s fate. I want to concentrate on the last paragraph: “It [Microsoft] has reportedly ordered three million to five million Surface tablets that carry the software for this quarter versus 17 million iPads sold last quarter. If its orders prove justified, that will […]

Wake Up Parents! Your Kids Don’t Want the House

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

This is a guest post from my friend, Richard Rosso. It was an ongoing conversation between a mom and adult daughter and me (in the middle). Moving slowly to what I call the “legacy awareness,” stage where we begin to explore mom’s legacy, a loving daughter’s inheritance expectations (or lack of) and possible living benefits […]

Quote of the Day – Aging

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Today is my birthday. I’m 43. Dang! Anyway, I was reading through the quotes on aging in my copy of The Forbes Book of Business Quotations and I came across one that I thought was worth sharing; “Middle age is when your classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald they don’t recognize you.” – […]

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