Why I love the iPhone

It’s only fitting that I’m writing this post from my iPhone so it will be a bit shorter than normal. But I wanted to both demonstrate the utility my new iPhone has brought me as well as do a quick review of how it has changed my efficiency and flexibility as a blogger, investor and […]

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Weekly Links: It’s Earnings Time Edition

Another week of great reads.  These are entries from blogs I frequent, and I hope you will too (just come back!).  I’ve also included various finance/investing carnivals that published my material this week as well as my posts within my network since the last weekly links. With earnings rolling in and beating consensus estimates for […]

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Median vs. Mean: Know the Difference or Risk Being Manipulated

The definition of median and mean and the difference between the two terms is poorly understood by many people and while in many data sets, there is only a marginal difference between the two from a practical standpoint, there is sometimes a stark difference between the two.  As I’ll outline in this article, people toss […]

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Haverhill Home Staging Course – Have You Been Had?

So, I had posted about this Haverhill Home Staging course at Everyday Finance regarding the frustrating experience that people are citing and the comments are coming in every few days from irate people that feel that it’s a Haverhill Home Staging Scam.  If you haven’t seen the commercials, evidently, they advertise routinely on HGTV touting […]

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Weekly Links – Market Tipping Point Edition

Another week of great reads.  These are entries from blogs I frequent, and I hope you will too (just come back!).  I’ve also included various finance/investing carnivals that published my material this week as well as my posts within my network since the last weekly links. With market pundits calling the next week a tipping […]

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Lazy Portfolios Beat the S&P – but Claims are Bogus and Deceiving

Marketwatch continues to post on Paul Farrell’s “Lazy Portfolios” that purport to “whip” the S&P500.  While the premise of diversification and passive long term retirement investing is a good one, the claims of whippage are a bit overdone in my opinion and may lull naive investors into complacency when they should be scrutinizing their investments […]

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Minimum Wage Increase Coming – Is it Right?

Bringing up the validity or fairness of the minimum wage is always a surefire way to stir up some controversy.  With the new federal minimum wage set to increase to $7.25 an hour later this month in July 2009, 29 states are going to be affected in the midst of a severe recession.  Economic woes […]

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Carnival of Personal Finance #212: Independence Day Around the World Edition

Welcome to the 212th Carnival of Personal Finance! This week’s theme is based Independence Day of course – but, since we’ve gone global and this isn’t just a US-based readership, I thought I’d highlight how countries around the world have achieved Independence throughout history.  Please feel free to check out the rest of my site, […]

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The New Normal Is: Abnormal – It Won’t Last

Much has been made of the new catchphrase “The New Normal” which is becoming the phrase du jour for news outlets and talk shows.  While the phrase was initially coined by PIMCO’s Mohamed El-Erian (or at least caught on after his statements on the economy), the press has taken it to a whole new level […]

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