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Investment Returns By Asset Class, 2014 Year-End Review

I don't always check my portfolio performance, but when I do, I do it at the end of the year. Here are the trailing 1-year returns for select asset classes as benchmarked by passive mutual funds and ETFs. Return data was taken from Morningstar … [Read the rest]

Cook It Yourself: Learn a Skill, Save Money, Improve Your Health

I'm still into the "Cook It Yourself" movement/meme/trend/whatever. If you're looking for a new year's resolution and consider yourself a DIY person, why not CIY in 2015? Knowing how to cook simple, delicious food is a great skill to have and it … [Read the rest]

Season’s Greetings!

Thank you very much for reading qara.info this year. It's now been over 10 years... where has the time gone! I still look forward to learning and sharing something new every day. Here's hoping that you are happy, healthy, and moving ever … [Read the rest]

True Meaning of Christmas: Making a Charitable Giving Plan

If you celebrate Christmas, you may have seen this quote about keeping with true values behind the holiday: Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your … [Read the rest]

Saving Money on Cold & Flu Medicines

It's flu and cold season, and I'm just recovering from being sick myself. Who knew there was even something called Tylenol Cold Multisymptom Liquid Severe or Mucinex Fast-Max Severe Congestion and Cough? That is, if you can find it while wading … [Read the rest]

US Treasury Bonds Negative Correlation with Stocks

Here is an interesting chart comparing the correlation of various asset classes to the S&P 500 over the last 5 years. Chart is from Richard Bernstein Advisors, found via The Reformed Broker. A negative correlation between two asset classes … [Read the rest]

Free EPIX Movie Membership Trial

Movie streaming service EPIX and the NHL are giving away a free trial membership good until March 6, 2015. Only thing you really need is a working e-mail address; no credit card or personal information required. Won't work on your TV, you'll need … [Read the rest]

20% off Gift Cards to Various Retailers & Restaurants

Amazon runs various temporary "Lightning Deals", but if you filter to only show the Gift Card deals you'll see a running list of gift cards to various retailers at 20% off for a limited time. Amazon Prime members get early access, but many of them … [Read the rest]

Alan Watts: What If Money Didn’t Matter?

Alan Watts was a "British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience." I actually stumbled upon his readings via a trailer for Days of Our Youth, a movie about … [Read the rest]

LendingClub IPO for P2P Loan Investors: First Day of Trading Over

(Updated. Lending Club ended their first day of trading at $23.43 a share, up 57% from their IPO price. With roughly 361 million outstanding shares, LC is roughly a $8.5 billion dollar company! I have updated the post to include the rest of the … [Read the rest]

Bogle Interview: Why You Don’t Need International Stocks, Why To Hire An Advisor

Whenever Vanguard founder Jack Bogle speaks, I listen. He has spent more time thinking about how to help the average investor than I have been alive. I found this recent Bloomberg interview covered a lot of topics regarding portfolio construction. … [Read the rest]

The Invention of the Fixed Rate Mortgage

Businessweek magazine celebrated their 85th anniversary by listing what they deem the 85 inventions with the greatest impact over the last 85 years. #1 was jet engines, but #17 was the fixed-rate mortgage. At the time, it was bold and … [Read the rest]

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