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2014 Total Returns for Various Indexes

By JLP | March 17, 2015

It’s pretty sad that we are closing out the first quarter of 2015 and I’m just now getting around to posting 2014’s returns. I’ll do better from here on out.

Bottom line: 2014 was a very rough year for oil.

Total Returns for Various Indexes - Dec 2014

Topics: Investing, S&P 500 Index | 2 Comments »

UPDATE: S&P 500 Total Returns (20-Year Holding Periods)

By JLP | March 16, 2015

It’s been a couple of years since I updated the AFM S&P 500 20-Year Rolling Period Total Return graphic. Here it is:

The last several 20-year holding periods have not been very nice to stock holders.

S&P 500 Total Returns 20-Year Rolling PeriodsS&P 500 Rolling Period Returns (Through 2014) (Adjusted CPI)

Topics: S&P 500 Index | 1 Comment »

S&P 500 Total Net Returns 1926-2014

By JLP | March 15, 2015

Here is a handy dandy PDF of the annual total net returns for the S&P 500 from 1926-2014.

S&P 500 Net Total Returns 1926-2014

If you have any questions, let me know.

Up next will be an update to the 20-year rolling period returns. Fun stuff.

Topics: S&P 500 Index | No Comments »

Ten Years Gone By…

By JLP | October 13, 2014

It is hard to believe that I started blogging ten years ago today.

I remember going to lunch with a group of men from my church. After lunch, I came home and set up AllThingsFinancial on the blogger platform.

Why did I start blogging?

I had read an article in the Wall Street Journal about a guy who set up a private blog for his extended family so that they could keep up with all the happenings of his kids. I got to thinking that it might be cool to use the same platform to talk about personal finance.

When I started blogging, there were literally only a handful of personal finance blogs. Mine is one of the oldest (especially when you consider those who started personal finance blogs and then sold them).

Blogging was fun and exciting at first. It was such a new platform that it wasn’t hard to get attention from the media. Every month I kept track of my growing traffic and revenue from Google Ads. It was fun to watch it grow.

Then something changed in 2008.

My dad passed away. My traffic inexplicably started dropping. Other blogs were passing AFM up in popularity. Revenue started dropping (I never cared for all the control Google had over ads. For all I know, they could have cheating me out of ad revenue). My motivation dropped. I simply wasn’t willing to do what was necessary to keep my blog’s audience growing (posting meatloaf recipes and how to make soap and such) or to boost revenue by hawking credit cards.

It wasn’t fun anymore. How many articles could I write about budgeting or saving for retirement? I grew bored with personal finance issues and started getting more into politics, which drove some people away. I remember people emailing me to tell me that they were no longer going to ready AFM. It’s easier to like someone when you don’t know that they vote differently than you do. But, there was so much to write about: elections, the housing crisis, the bailouts, food stamps, welfare, etc. I enjoyed the banter back and forth with AFM readers and I always took pride in the fact that we could express opinions without insulting each other.

So, here I am ten years down the road…

A lot has changed. I was nearly 35-years old then. I’ll be 45 in two days. My daughter was only a few months old then. Now she’s a fifth grader. My boys were in 2nd and 3rd grade then. Now one is a freshman in college and the other is a senior in high school. My dad was 58-years old. Now he’s been gone over six years. My wife and I had been married 11 years. Now we just passed our 21-year anniversary. We had been in our house a little over five years. Now we are in a new house after having lived in our first house nearly 15 years.

Time flies.

Where do we go from here?

Stay tuned…

Topics: Announcements, Blogging | 5 Comments »

Finally Moved In…

By JLP | October 9, 2014

I’m happy to report that we FINALLY got moved into our new house nearly two weeks ago. I just got internet set up on Tuesday. As you can see, I still have some work to do on my office…

Office (small)

Topics: Blogging | 1 Comment »

Check Out the Flipboard Magazine

By JLP | September 12, 2014

I created a Flipboard Magazine awhile back in an attempt to organize articles I found interesting. Please check out the Flipboard Magazine and tell me what you think. If you would like to be a contributor, send me an email (JLP at and I’ll get you set up.

Topics: Miscellaneous | 1 Comment »

What Are You Reading or Listening to These Days?

By JLP | September 9, 2014

We moved to our temporary location a couple of weeks ago. We will be here until our house is complete in a few more weeks. I have been driving my kids back and forth to school in another town (the school in the town we will be living in). It’s 30 miles round trip, which gives me a lot of time to listen to music and books.

I signed up for Audible last year and love it. I also like that some Kindle books sync with the audible version of the book. Often, the Audible version can be added to the Kindle purchase fairly inexpensively. I like this because I can listen in the car via my iPhone, and then at night, I can open the Kindle app on my iPad and it starts me at roughly where I left off on the Audible app. Very nice.

So, what have I been reading? Here’s a quick summary:

Good book with good reminders on how to take an interest in other people. It’s all stuff we should already know, but is still good to get a refresher on. John Maxwell is always practical (though he can be repetitive from book to book).

I’m about halfway through this book. I picked out to listen to with my youngest son, who is a high school senior. It’s written for a younger audience (high school and college kids). Practical advice is offered, but can be a little on the dry side.

A classic. I HIGHLY recommend anything by Jeffrey Gitomer. I plan on adding his complete Audible collection to my collection. I could listen to them over and over again.

Finally, this is what I am listening to right now. Josh Kaufman did a great job with this book. I’m nearly 45-years old and I still find most of the information in this book useful. I highly recommend it for everyone. Yep, I said everyone.


What are you listening to or reading right now? Please let me know in the comments. If you post a link in your comment, it will go to moderation, but fear not, I will approve it.

NOTE: All links in this post are affiliate links. Your purchasing of anything via one of these links will help me send our kids to college.

Topics: Books | 3 Comments »

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