2009 Global Stock Market Returns – Every Country ETF Ranked

Following the most tumultuous investment environment many have seen in their life, it’s worth reviewing the 2009 stock market performance for equities globally.  Interestingly, the US (ticker SPY) ended up toward the bottom of the list from an annual performance standpoint.  Reason being, while the US declined ~50% from its peak, many emerging market stock […]

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How I Saved 44% on my Comcast Bill-Chat Transcript ($1104 per Year)

The overriding theme of this post is to demonstrate that for ANY utility (Comcast Bill in my case) you pay where there is ANY competition in the area, you can likely employ some very simple techniques to achieve significant savings, leading to hundreds of dollars annually.  In this case, we have a pretty intense Comcast […]

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Dogs of the Dow Stock Trade is Dead – Don’t Fall for the Hype

I hate to break it to you but the Dogs of the Dow trade is dead.  It’s that time of year where you’re going to hear all kinds of archaic trading strategies like the January effect and the Dogs of the Dow that worked decades back but no longer deliver any additional alpha and instead […]

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Since When Does “Clipping Coupons” Mean You’re Poor?

In today’s economic environment, more and more people seem to be using – or at least talking about – coupons.  While we’ve used them for years (I dutifully pull them out of the weekly circular in our newspaper and store them in a designated spot for the next shopping trip), apparently, now people are “admitting […]

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Weekend Reading: Christmas is Over :< Edition

For those who celebrate Christmas, there’s the mixed feelings associated with the end of a holiday many people look forward to all year mixed with relief that the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations and incessant present-wrapping are finally over.  There was also a near disaster averted on Christmas day by a soon-to-be public hero […]

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Study: Smart Investors MUCH Better Stock Pickers than Dumb Investors

I came across a neat research paper from UCLA and a few others universities seeking to address the topic of whether investors with a high IQ actually exhibit superior investment performance over others.  This study strikes at the heart of the notion that stock picking is a random walk and no one investor can reasonably […]

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Tipping Turbulence – How Much for Pizza Delivery?

How much to tip for pizza delivery is apparently more complex than I thought.  The other night, we hosted some friends for a rotating party we’ve had for some time now deemed “Pizza Night”.  It’s basically a get-together to catch up and spare the host(ess) hours of preparation in trying to impress with a 5 […]

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7 Year-End Tax Tips You Can’t Miss!

Here are several year end tax tips that you should consider and a few things you may want to wait on until next year to optimize your tax deductions overall.  I’m doing several of these, I hope you are too – and would love to hear what else you’re doing to snag any last minute […]

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Should the US Adopt a “Bonus Tax” Like Europe is Enacting?

I was rather dismayed but not surprised when I saw the news that the United Kingdom was enacting a “bonus tax” which is to be a one-time tax on bonuses of bankers in excess of $40,000.  As the circus spread its influence, France signaled that it will enact a similar policy and Germany’s chancellor referred […]

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