A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Linda, a single mom struggling with two kids and an income of $18,000 a year, and wondered how much tougher yet it must be for someone at the minimum wage (currently $5.15, or about $10,000 a year). As usual, you had some thoughtful, and thought-provoking, things […]
“I am looking to buy my first rental property, a duplex with $1,500 per month income. Asking price is $92,000. When calculating a purchase price, should I consider the return I could get investing the $92,000 (even though most of it would be borrowed) or should I consider the return on my ‘real’ investment, the […]
UPDATE: AS I WRITE THIS, AMAZON IS VALUED AT SIX TIMES BARNES & NOBLE. HERE’S AN IDEA FOR BARNES & NOBLE: PUT TABS FOR VIDEO, ETC., AT THE TOP OF YOUR WEB SITE AND SEE IF YOUR STOCK SEXTUPLES. IF NEED BE, CLOSE YOUR 504 PROFITABLE STORES AS WELL, SO YOU JUST HAVE A MONEY-LOSING […]
CHECKING OUT INTERNET NAMES
“Tip: Go to http://rs.internic.net/cgi-bin/whois to find out who owns a site; this is the official Internet name database. If you type in ‘batteries.com,’ you’ll find out that it was registered in July 1996 to some guy in Scotts Valley, CA. This site is very useful both to check out […]
And speaking of Amazon.com, as I was yesterday and frequently have in the past ….
I noticed last week that the day after I jumped back in to short a bit more (eager for a tax loss and a good night’s sleep, I had largely covered my short position when it plunged in The […]
What a pain to try to find the replacement battery for your Panasonic answering machine.
This is a very simple one, but voilà: You need batteries? Click here.
The only reason I even offer this to you is that none of the obvious (to me) things worked. I just […]
I have brokerage accounts for me and a couple of other people at three places:
A very large, well-known “full-service” broker I’ve been using ever since I bought 100 shares of Leisure Dynamics at 8 and watched it go to zero – my own fault, 25 years ago, like almost all my other mistakes since. […]
If you’re serious about the way you find the stocks you buy and follow them once they’re yours, here’s a link you should definitely check out: www.companysleuth.com. You tell it the stocks you’re interested in, and it automatically searches for and e-mails you stuff that would take you much longer to find – like […]
From Linda C: “I read the column you had in the Parade Magazine [about trying to get off the credit-card debt treadmill] and am wondering if there is another system that works more efficiently for the ‘working poor.’ I have two credit cards and have about $5,000 plus about $3,000 in student loans. I am […]
TRY A CREDIT UNION
From David Ames: “My in-state bank sold its credit card portfolio to an out-of-state bank. My payment arrived one day late, so the bank assessed a $29 fine. (They call it a late fee, but of course the bank suffered no loss.) I found I had a credit-union alternative through […]
Quote of the Day
If you think it's messy there, said Albert Einstein of his paper-strewn office, you should see it up here, he smiled, pointing to his head.~.
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