By JLP | August 21, 2015
I find it interesting that we now have an oil glut when just a year or so ago, people were predicting $150 per barrel oil would be the new norm.
How is that possible?
How did no one see it coming?
Oh, and now “they” are saying that there is no end in sight for this oil glut. You have to love these “experts.”
In other news…the market’s beating is putting lots of stocks on sale. Perfect for those of us who are still saving for retirement.
By JLP | August 20, 2015
A look back in the history of AFM. This was in Money Magazine in 2008:
I found this while cleaning up my office yesterday. I chuckled a bit when I read it. I remember 2008 well. My Dad passed away in March. The housing market was going nuts. There was a very pessimistic feel in the air. Good times to be “strangely comforting”. I’ll take it!
By JLP | August 19, 2015
Below is a YTD chart for the Dow Jones Industrial Average (price return, which does not include dividends). I added a trendline. As you can see, it can’t get much flatter than that.
By JLP | August 16, 2015
I saw this on facebook this morning and it really struck me…
By JLP | August 16, 2015
The last couple of years have been a blur. My blogging took a backseat to getting our old house ready to sell. Then, once it sold, we had to move to an apartment for several weeks, then finally to our new house. Between adjusting to our new house and my total lack of motivation, I have not kept up with blogging and the personal finance blog realm.
So, tell me:
What personal finance blogs are people reading these days?
You can skip the GetRichSlowly’s, the SimpleDollar’s, and the other “big” blogs. I already know about them. I’m looking for newer blogs.
If you know of one, please share. If it’s your own blog, please make it known in your comment.
By JLP | August 15, 2015
Below is the following note I received from Bank of America regarding our checking account with them:
Beginning on August 14, 2015, your Classic Interest Checking – Advantage Relationship account will change to an Advantage with Tiered Interest Checking account. The monthly maintenance fee for your Bank of America Advantage® with Tiered Interest Checking account will be $25. You can avoid this fee when you meet any ONE of the following requirements during each monthly statement cycle: Keep an average daily balance in your checking or a linked Regular Savings account of $5,000 or more OR Keep a $10,000 average daily combined balance in linked checking, savings, Money Market Savings, CD and IRA accounts OR Keep an outstanding balance on a linked installment loan or line of credit of $15,000 or more OR Keep total combined assets in eligible, linked Merrill Edge or Merrill Lynch investment accounts of $15,000 or more OR have a linked Bank of America first mortgage loan that we service.
$25 PER MONTH if you don’t meet their requirements!
We only have a Bank of America account because my wife’s car is financed through them. We have a had a checking account with them over the years because our mortgage was through them and we got a discount on the loan if we had a checking account through them. We have since moved, but still have the car loan and I’m using the checking account as a savings account for property taxes.
“At least it’s an interest-bearing account…”
Get this: their interest rate is a something like .01% (that’s 1/100th of 1%). One month we received $.03 in interest, but were charged a $3.00 check image fee for ONE check.
I cannot wait to cut ties with Bank of America.
By JLP | August 10, 2015
I recently listened to the Audible version of Russ Robert’s book, How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness*. It’s a great little book. I highly recommend it. This passage towards the end of the book stood out to me:
“Do you want to make the world a better place? Talk to your kids. Go on a date with your spouse without checking your e-mail. Read more Adam Smith and Jane Austen and P. G. Wodehouse and less of the Daily Kos and the Drudge Report. Smile at someone you don’t know or even like. Be nice to your parents, because you can never repay what they did for you. None of this necessarily shows up in some measure of gross domestic product. These actions don’t help pay the bills. They aren’t usually on our to-do list, so we don’t get the satisfaction of checking them off. A week can go by and nothing will happen if we don’t do them. But I think they are the stuff of the good life.”
One thing I would like to add to this quote in our quest of making the would a better place is: DO YOUR JOB!
Just think of all the time we would save if people just did their jobs. Whether it be delivering papers, serving meals, painting buildings, building houses, etc., people should just do their jobs. Martin Luther King said it best when he said, “Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”
Think of how much better people would feel about themselves if they just did their jobs. Call me crazy, but I don’t think a person can be truly happy when they don’t take pride in their work.
Let’s make the world a better place.