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A Preview of Excel 2013 – Sounds Interesting

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Here’s a preview of some of the new features in Excel 2013 from CFO. A couple of the features that interest me: • Combo Charts get a new interface. You want to show Revenue and GP% on the same chart. There used to be a confusing method for assigning GP% as a line chart on […]

Pretty Good Piece on the Cost of Public College

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

I read this essay in last weekend’s WSJ about the skyrocketing cost of going to public college. It opened with… When Steve Joiner attended the University of Colorado in Boulder in the late 1980s, his parents—an Air Force mechanical supervisor and a teacher—paid his tab of about $4,000 a year, roughly $8,600 in today’s dollars. […]


Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

France’s Lesson in Consequences…

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

“While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of those actions. Consequences are governed by natural law.” – Stephen Covey in “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” France raises taxes on the wealthy. The wealthy leave France to escape the higher taxes. France’s Prime Minister, Jean-Marc […]

Chart of the Day – Moving for Money

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

I saw this graphic on the Mises facebook page: I’m glad I live in Texas.

Which is Better: a 50/50 Stocks-Bonds or a 100% Stocks?

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

I just completed an interesting study where I looked at the monthly total returns for the S&P 500 Index and Corporate Bonds over 30-year periods from 1926 – 2011. I set up the following five sceanarios: 100% Corporate Bonds 75% Corporate Bonds 25% S&P 500 50% Corporate Bonds 50% S&P 500 20% Corporate Bonds 75% […]

It’s Stuff Like This That Makes Me Fear For Our Country’s Future

Monday, December 10th, 2012

This morning I saw a link to an online petition to “make the ‘minimum wage’ a ‘living wage.’” Their living wage? $13.36 per hour. ALL of the comments (except for mine) following this petition are in favor of this idea. What these petition signers fail to realize is what happens to the price of goods […]

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