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What Does a Positive January Mean for the Rest of the Year?

Friday, February 1st, 2013

So, we had another January with a positive return. This January, the S&P 500 had a total return of 5.18%. You have probably heard about the January Effect. Basically, it means what happens in January usually foreshadows what will happen for the year. I decided to look back at the returns I have to see […]

YTD Total Returns for January 2013

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Here are January’s returns along with with the monthly history that I have so far. January’s 5.18% return for the S&P 500 was its best for January since 1997 and ranks as the 20th best for the month of January going all the way back to 1926.

S&P 500 20-Year Rolling Period Returns Through 2012

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

An AFM reader sent me an email and asked me to update the 20-year rolling period returns for the S&P 500 Index. Here they are:

Total Returns for the S&P Indexes for 2012

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope 2013 is a great year for all the AFM readers out there! Here are the total returns for 2012 for the S&P 500 Index, S&P Midcap 400, S&P Smallcap 600, and other indexes I follow here at AFM. December’s .91% return for the S&P 500 Index was the 58th best […]

YTD Total Returns for the S&P 500 and Other Indexes

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Here is the November update for the index returns I follow here on AFM: November’s .58% total return for the S&P 500 was its best since November 2009.

401(K) Dollar Limit Raised to $17,500 in 2013

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

The maximum dollar amount an employee can contribute to their 401(K) is increasing $500 to $17,500 for 2013. Those who are 50 and older can contribute as much as $23,000. Let’s break down $17,500. That’s… $1,453.33 per month. $47.95 per day. $1.9977 per hour (based on 8,760 hours per year). $.0333 per minute. Better get […]

S&P 500 Total Return Index Performance Update

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Flying through the year… October was a not-so-good month for stocks, as you can see from the graphic (click on the graphic to download the PDF version): Because I like stats, I thought I would share with you this graphic I put together that shows a different way of looking at the S&P 500 Index’s […]

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