I predict a new word. I should probably try to trademark it or something and not just predict it, or get the 800 rights (1-800-CLICKLE), but here it is anyway:
Because isn’t that what everyone’s working to come up with on the Internet — some way to charge a dime or a nickel or […]
Here’s a really neat use of the web. Click here and three minutes from now you will have a choice of four or five competitive life insurance quotes.
If you’ve been putting off buying coverage, fiddling with this site could help get you moving.
If you have coverage, but never really shopped for it […]
Here’s a smart tip from my friend Jane Bryant Quinn’s Newsweek column:
If you put less than 20% down on your house, you probably had to buy mortgage insurance. But did you know that, once your equity in the home reaches 20% (through appreciation and/or your payments), you may be able to stop paying that […]
Some of you buy mutual funds via your stockbroker or discount broker. This can be very convenient. It also means — if you have a “margin account” — that you can borrow against them, just as you can borrow against the value of a stock.
The advantages of margin loans: (1) low interest, often below […]
Maybe you read my May 10 comment, about shorting crazily overvalued stocks. I didn’t suggest you do it, because crazily overvalued stocks can become even vastly more crazily overvalued. But we talked about it (and about how to create a “synthetic” short).
One of the examples I gave was stock in a company called […]
So there I was, Sunday, around 6:30 in the evening, walking with a friend across 59th Street, enjoying all the New York things you enjoy — the Plaza, for example — and dodging all the things you dodge.
(I normally dodge the horse-drawn carriages, parked around the Plaza, because I’m not all that horsy. But […]
A lot of you are familiar with the Motley Fool website. If you haven’t checked it out, you should.
Most of it’s about stocks. I can’t say I agree with every last nuance (e.g., shorting stocks, they advise, “isn’t nearly as dangerous as most people think” — oh, yeah?). But I certainly enjoy their […]
Curious what your car is worth? Ah, the web. Click here. My 1992 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible seems to have a wholesale value of about $8,275, plus $75 for its power seats. I’m richer than I thought. (And the estimated retail value is almost $2,000 more.)
Tomorrow: Buying a New One
Yesterday I described how the most painstakingly chosen mutual funds — Smart Money Magazine’s top eight picks for 1995 — performed a little worse than the low-expense index fund I always recommend if somebody’s having trouble choosing one.
The point? It’s just so tough to beat the market averages consistently! There will always be some […]
It’s so interesting. Here is the June cover story of Smart Money touting “Superstar Funds.” It’s the annual feature in which the editors put far more effort than you or I likely could into analyzing the entire universe of available mutual funds in order to find the very smartest picks.
When asked about mutual funds […]
Quote of the Day
On Hollywood Squares, gay comedy writer Bruce Vilanch was asked: You are the most popular fruit in America. What are you? His answer: Humble. (The correct answer? Banana.)~.
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