Dividends, Economy, Portfolio, Retirement

Timely investing wisdom from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Earlier this week my wife and I were discussing the stock market events that were taking place in front of us; markets gripped by political intrigue, both domestic and overseas, violent swings in volatility, slowing economic growth, and lots of uncertainty. I then started telling her about what my plan was (I was actually getting excited) and she chimed in…

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Economy

April 2011 income investor dashboard

Here is the Income Investor Dashboard for April 2011. Prices are as of the close of markets on March 31, 2011. Despite a very exciting and volatile month not much changed in terms of market prices and yields. At one point during the month US markets were down, on the Japan and Libya situations, about 6% but managed to comeback…

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Economy

On-line financial education

In my post yesterday I mentioned the important need to get educated on financial matters. I forgot to mention one of my favorite resources for on-line for educational content, the Khan Academy. If you have not heard of the Khan Academy I highly recommend that you check the website out. Here is their brief story; My uncle’s family visited me…

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Economy

The gov’t is waging war on your savings

I wanted to talk about saving money tonight. Specifically, how the government is waging a war on your ability to save money and build wealth. Most people first start to save by building up short term savings, a rainy day fund, emergency fund, etc… Currently, the gov’t is making this harder and harder by keeping short term interest rates too…

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Economy

Bonds may outperform stocks in the next 10 yrs

I figure that after my last post on stock market returns for the next 10 years, I’ll try and do something similar for bonds. After all, these are the two most important assets classes that make up retiree portfolios, often in the much talked about 60%/40% stock, bond allocation. Without taking a crack at this you can’t forecast portfolio returns…

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