MADAM, I’M ADAM
Toby Gottfried: ‘Regarding Kermit’s statement Friday that ‘it will be more than 1000 years before a date-palindrome similar to 200220022002 is available’ . . . for those who can’t wait that long, there will be 211221122112 (9:12 PM on Dec 21), in just 110 years. A few people will experience both […]
[Thanks to Laura Schultz, who reminds us that you have to act fast if you own Series EE Savings bonds you want to roll over into Series HH Retirement Bonds before the end of the year, when the rate, guaranteed for 10 years, drops from 4% to 1.5%. Click here to learn more, and […]
But first . . .
Kevin: ‘The Utah 529 plan now has a sixth option which is split among the S&P 500, vanguard small cap, vanguard midcap, and Vanguard international growth and value index funds. That’s pretty good diversification and still the lowest expense ratio. I think Utah is still the best […]
If you still haven’t bought your TiVo, I see them here for $199 after the $50 rebate, if bought before year’s end. The 40-hour […]
Got a spare AOL 5.0 CD lying around? I need one. (Don’t ask!)
OK, I’ll tell you.
I can’t upgrade to 6.0 or 7.0 or 8.0, because AOL has a secret limit on the size of your address book, and mine is way too big to convert. So I need a 5.0 […]
Consider this tidbit (cribbed from The Number, an outstanding book by New York Times reporter Alex Berenson due out from Random House in March):
In 1939, when a total of 260 million shares traded – all year – the S.E.C. had 1,700 employees. In 2001, when 2 billion shares traded a day, the S.E.C. […]
Doug Gary: ‘I’m curious whether the Vanguard TIPS fund [VIPSX] is a good way to hold some TIPS. Or do you think it is wiser to hold the individual bonds?’
The only downside to ownership through a fund is the annual expense fee it nicks you for, which is just a quarter of a percent […]
Before we start, can I just say that Al Gore is a terrific guy, did a terrific job for the nation as Vice President, and is even better than most of the people who voted for him know?
OK, back to computers. Please, no more . . . but I thought these were worth passing […]
Andrew: ‘I am 36, self-employed and currently have all of my retirement money (approximately $70,000) in domestic stocks. I know that I need to diversify into bonds (probably 10-15% of my overall holdings), yet I’m concerned that the bond market is too high. So, the question is whether I should take the plunge into bonds […]
First – as a respite from the last three days’ overlong columns – click here (especially if you have a fast connection), and enjoy the show.
And now take the rest of the day off in honor of my stepdad Lew’s 90th birthday. He was born on 12/12/12 – at twelve minutes past twelve, […]
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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