Darwin’s Portfolio Update: Almost Doubled the Return of the S&P500

In March, I had provided my first portfolio update in some time, so I figured I’d follow up with an April update. In that initial update, I laid out brief rationale and background on each purchase.  Here, I’ll just provide returns from March 11 to represent return for the portfolio. Since the March update, an […]

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Greece Looking To Sell Bonds to US Investors – Are You Kidding?

The Greek economy appears to be very much the welfare state to me.  I don’t see innovation and exports coming out of Greece, but I see a lot of public union strikes over their insistence that excessive pay, pensions and subsidies continue as if they live in a complete vacuum. Since Europeans have lost their […]

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PEG Ratio: Why It’s More Relevant than P/E for Stocks

While many individual investors are familiar with the conventional Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio, the PEG ratio isn’t cited nearly as often but it really puts a stock’s valuation in the proper context.  While a P/E ratio will tell you whether a stock is “highly priced” just based on a forward earnings expectations or trailing […]

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My Effective Tax Rate is Under 5% – That’s Just Wrong

So, my accountant finally wrapped up my various tax documents and for the prominent Federal Tax Return, I was surprised once again to see just how low my Effective Tax Rate is – under 5%.  That’s my net tax rate after all deductions, credits, etc.  Not that I’m complaining, but the tax system is so […]

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How Stupid (Or Lazy) Do They Think I Am?

This month, my Comcast bill came in $10 higher than my previously negotiated 44% Discount.  If you followed that ordeal, I posted (copy/paste) an entire online chat session with a Comcast rep on how I saved 44% on my Comcast bill by threatening to leave for Verizon FIOS.  Well, this month for some reason, the […]

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ETF List Extreme – 894 Funds Ranked by YTD Return

This ETF List has been expanded to include 894 Exchange Traded Funds covering all sectors and strategies from emerging markets and commodities to leveraged and short ETFs.  This ETF ticker symbol list is updated routinely so be sure to bookmark and utilize as a permanent reference.  Over the past several months, I’ve reviewed several of […]

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I Hedged This Insane Market Runup with a Put Spread – Here’s How

I was reminded by a blogging buddy of mine Evan (via Twitter) about just how insane the market has been lately and that perhaps it’s high time to buy some insurance.  While I don’t play games with the funds in my retirement accounts and remain fully invested at all times given the multi-decade time horizon, […]

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Free FICO Score with 7 Day Trial from Equifax- Why Not?

Equifax has a promotion running where you get get a FREE peak at your actual FICO score (this one is the most valuable and utilized routinely in the credit industry compared to any of the individual credit bureau scores).  Additionally, you get access to Score Power which tells you where you stand in comparison to […]

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The Crap We Buy Our Kids Equates to $100,000 at 21 Years Old

photo credit: Kate Penn | Bay City Times A buddy of mine mentioned an interview he saw with the author of a new book The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-and a Vision for Change.  The premise is that Americans spend way more time […]

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