In my post about beating the S&P 500, I mentioned regular contributions as a factor that helped me. Over the weekend, I examined precisely how regular contributions helped. This led me to the subject of Dollar Cost Averaging (DCA), which until recently I thought was the same as regular contributions. They are not! Dollar Cost … Read moreDoes Dollar Cost Averaging Work?
You may have heard the phrase beat the market. In this case, the market usually refers to the S&P 500 index. There are other U.S. indices such as, DJIA, NASDAQ 100, NASDAQ Composite, Russell 2000, Wilshire 5000, and many other domestic and international ones. However, the S&P 500 is by far the most used benchmark … Read moreWhat Does It Means to Beat the Market and How I Did It
On books, web sites, and blogs (including this one) you may have come across references such as the S&P 500 has grown 13% annually for the past 30 years or something to that effect. You may wonder what that means and where did they get that number. When someone states an annualized return, most likely … Read moreWhat is Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) and How It Works
There are numerous posts and articles on this topic, but what the heck I will add some more to the information highway. From my personal experience, I can sincerely say these are the biggest money wasters around (not in any order): Memberships that you never use — e.g., gym membership anyone? Subscriptions that you never … Read moreTop 10 Money Wasters, Are You Guilty?
Right now my house is in the midst (mess?) of a renovation project. We are updating our bathroom which recently sprung a leak due to an array of broken and rusty pipes. We are also converting our dining room to a dual purpose “home office-guest bed room” combination in anticipation of the arriving baby. We … Read moreThrow Away Junks, Organize, and Save Money
I came across Check Your Credit Score For Free post on All Financial Matters Blog today, which shared a tool that will estimate your credit score for free. The tool was good, but I found a better one called myFICO FICO Score Estimator (it’s faster and there’s no advertisement). The calculator asks you 10 questions … Read moremyFICO Score and Free Credit Score Estimator
The other day I was watching the news and saw that Tiger Woods just won his 13th major title — that is nothing short of phenomenal. Then my mind drifted back to personal finance issues and it dawned on me that mastering golf is similar to mastering the art of investing. Here are my thoughts. … Read more10 Things Golf Teaches Us About Investing
I recently read a post by Personal Finance Advice, Why Getting a Degree Isn’t Always a Sound Financial Decision. I thought it was a well written post that presented a valid point. Do not get me wrong…I am a strong advocate for college education. However, this post did remind me about my college days, and … Read more7 Mistakes I Made When I Went to College
In preparation for my first child, I started to think about saving for college. I found this neat calculator from SallieMae and tried it just to get an idea of how much will college costs 17 years from now (2024). Based on the site, the current average annual tuitions are: $2,191 for two-year public colleges … Read moreMy Kid’s College Costs will be $467,000! Are You Kidding Me?
Once in a while, you will come across mathematical shortcuts or trick to help you better manage your finances. Here are 6 cool financial math tricks and rules that I know about. These are pretty common, so you may know them already. Take a look and see if you know any of these? 1. Rule … Read more6 Cool Financial Math Tricks and Rules