Mortgage Rates Dropping to Record Low – Time to Refinance?

Mortgage rates dropped again last week to below 5% for conventional 30 year mortgages and will possibly break the recent record set in January when mortgage rates briefly dipped below 5% and then popped back up again.  Fifteen year mortgages averaged 4.61% last week, down from 4.64% the week before.  Based on recent market conditions and […]

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A WakeUp Call from Foreign Workers in a Flat World

There isn’t much to say about this video other than – Wow, Reality Sinking In.  If you think the current economic downturn, the layoffs, the headlines are bad now, imagine what western economies may look like in 20 years when virtually any role can be outsourced to someone a world away who wants what you have […]

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Will Card-Check (Removal of Secret Ballot Union Votes) Kill US Business?

If you haven’t heard about the Card Check legislation working its way through Congress, you will soon.  It is destined to be the biggest issue facing this country and pitting labor vs. business now that the financial crisis has reached critical mass. Card Check is the nickname for legislation to change the way workers unionize.  […]

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Best Weekly Links: March 15, 2009

The Best in Weekly Reads from around the blogosphere in Investing, Personal Finance and Blog Carnivals. Investing Watch those Preferreds – may be slashing dividends as well! Precious Metals for your portfolio? Personal Finance/Other 80% Off Restaraunt.com! 29 Good Reads About Kids And Money ScamWatch – They’re hot right now! I’m in agreement with Simple […]

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30% Off Coupon for Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy

My wife and I (with kids in tow) took advantage of this great email coupon deal and did some shopping tonight at both Gap and Old Navy (I don’t buy at Banana even for 30% off).  There’s an email with a coupon you can print to get 30% off thru this Sunday.  I had actually purchased […]

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Intrade Futures and Trades – You’ve Gotta See it to Believe it

I’ve been using Intrade for some time now.  Intrade is essentially a futures platform for the everyday investor (or gambler actually).  I don’t usually equate investing with gambling because when you buy shares of a publicly traded stock, you own part of the company.  However, in this case, with Intrade, you’re buying or selling binary options […]

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Net Present Value: Why You Should Use it in Everyday Life

I was working on a Refinance this week and was confronted with various options: Different rate/point combinations, different lender fees, etc., and this got me thinking – I should just build a Net Present Value model to see which loan offered me the “best deal”.  Without objectively assessing all the cash flows in and out, […]

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Best of the Month Feb 2008 and Linkfest

The Top 12 articles in my network for the month of March by traffic, comments, syndication and my own biased opinion were the following: Deal of a Lifetime in Muni Bond Investments? Layoffs: You May Be Next – Tips to Avoid, Prepare and React Is Now a Good Time to Start Investing in Stocks? Lowest Mortgage […]

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Stocks Making New Highs in Surprising Places

What if I told you a year ago that the Dow Jones Industrial average would have lost over 50% of its value and that the leaders in the market would be selling pasta and, while the big three automakers were decimated, an auto parts supplier would also be a shining star.  In my latest update […]

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