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Control Car Expenses With a Sinking Fund
Cars are a budgetary black hole, and one we don’t always fully comprehend. On Friday we discussed the high and rising cost of new cars in Are You Feeling Priced Out of the New Car Market. The price of a brand-new car today averages about $32,000, making it unaffordable for the typical middle-class Continue Reading
Are You Feeling Priced Out of the New Car Market?
Earlier this month, Kelly Blue Book reported that the average price for a new light vehicle - cars and light pick-up trucks - is right about at $32,000 in 2014. Reflect on that number for a moment. If you’re starting to feel priced out of the new car market, it’s not your imagination. The us Continue Reading
Reverse Mortgages – If You Need One It’s Probably Time to Sell
Getting a reverse mortgage is to slowly but surely becoming a viable option for more of the elderly with each passing year. But is it the right thing to do? This is just one man’s opinion, but I think not, at least not in most cases. Most reverse mortgages are being taken for the purpose of holdin Continue Reading
Are you one of the millions of people who dream of breaking free and starting your own business? Are you afraid of giving up the security of a salaried job? That’s normal, and in most cases it’s not even unreasonable. I’ve been of the opinion for a long while that starting a business sh Continue Reading
The Obamacare Open Enrollment Period Is Over – Now What?
By Art Forrest The Obamacare open enrollment period is over. So it is too late to enroll through the government’s “federal facilitated marketplace” (Healthcare.gov) and get a subsidy to help with premiums. In fact, it’s probably too late to get a traditional individual health insurance pl Continue Reading
Forget the S&P500 Level – It’s the PE10 Value that REALLY Counts
I was having a discussion with some Valuation-Informed Indexing skeptics when the words popped out of my head -- “An S&P 500 priced at 1,000 when the PE10 value is 30 is the same as an S&P 500 priced at 500 when the PE10 value is 15.” That’s a pretty darn simple way of making the es Continue Reading
Why The Media Clings To Malaysia Air Flight 370
Editor’s note: When Bill approached me with this topic I was immediately interested. I’ve long been perplexed at how the media beat a story to death, as if nothing newsworthy is happening anywhere else. And that makes me wonder - is most of the “news” really even news, if it can be put out o Continue Reading
What Career Will You Have in Retirement?
You didn’t read that title incorrectly - that’s the question I’m asking, What career will you have in retirement? For most people the answer to this question should be given at least equal weight with the more popular focus on retirement savings. I’m not saying that we should de-emphas Continue Reading
Are Retirees Better Off Renting than Owning a Home?
If you’ve spent much time on this site, you know that I’ve taken aim at the assumption that homeownership is good for everyone. It’s not that I think owning a home is bad, but more that I don’t think it’s right for everyone. In addition, I think that the advancement of- and unquestioned be Continue Reading
Going Global with an Online Business
An online business is a real opportunity for the average person to take advantage of the combination of computers, the internet and globalization. With it, we’re able to participate in the much bigger global market, free from the constraints that are eliminating jobs and opportunities in more trad Continue Reading