Northern Europe Performance – September 2013
Northern European countries averaged 6.23% in September 2013.
Northern European countries averaged 6.23% in September 2013.
In September 2013 the returns of foreign stocks beat US stocks by 4.25%.
There’s still time to make sure you’ve maxed out your retirement contributions — your future self will thank you.
Why is the business of government seen as passing spending bills? Why isn’t the job of our representatives to work toward government restraint?
When a woman gets married she often changes her name. Once you’ve changed your name at the Social Security Administration, the DMV, your employer and employer benefits, and your passport, it’s time for the last few changes.
Here’s the tax table for the 2013 capital gains tax.
The DMV was my second stop in the name-change process because it makes subsequent name changes easier.
For $50 and a lifelong commitment, you can legally change your identity!
Here are the returns for various global investments.
In August 2013 the northern European countries did slightly worse than the EAFE Index.
Returns in August were negative across the board with US stocks losing the most.
“Inheritance, almost uniquely, has the ability to anger both those who believe in equality of means and those who believe in equality of outcome.”
David John Marotta was interviewed on radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show discussing Obamacare and the healthcare law’s trickle-down effect.
Sweden appreciated 11.02% during the month.
Here is how representative ETFs from each of the six asset classes did in July 2013.
This week we have a smorgasbord of ideas for everything from tips for building an emergency fund from scratch to financial tweets to writing engaging website pages.
Here’s a walk through of the account opening process at Vanguard.
Precious Metal Mining companies are leveraged against the movements of the underlying price of the metals themselves.
Foreign real estate was down more for the quarter because the U.S. Dollar strengthened against foreign currencies.
Energy is one important components of the category of Resource Stocks.
In a reversal from past trends, some European markets did better than global averages.
Those investments which go up the most when markets are rising often go down the most when markets are falling.
It is prudent not to have your assets all subject to a single country’s economic failure or success.
Just because the dollar strengthens for a quarter does not mean you should abandon this strategy.
Many investors don’t understand why a bond, which pays a fixed rate of interest and then at the end of the term pays a fixed amount of principle would have its price fluctuate.
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Even if you just have an idea of where your money is going, you should still have a very good idea.
Some people have bucket lists with things like “Travel to Paris,” and “go skydiving,” but I have a bucket list of financial things to do.
So now, after encouraging you to save 10% for emergencies, 15% for financial independence (often called “retirement”), and 10% for long-term savings, we’ve whittled down your income to about 65%. This 65% is for day-to-day living.
David John Marotta was recently interviewed by Rob Schilling on Radio 1070 WINA, discussing the Ninth Amendment to the Constitution: Our unenumerated rights.
In addition to emergency savings and retirement saving, you should also stash away 10% or so for long-term investing. Let the magic of compound interest make you money.
Most people do not use all their skills at their place of work, so these other skills become hobbies. I am no exception. What I need to pursue these other dreams is financial independence, that is, decoupling my need to eat from my skill as as an artist.
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Most people do not trace the effect of the unintended consequences of government programs. Even good things come with a price, and you always have to decide: is that price worth paying?
Even if you think you have good credit, periodically check the facts on your credit report anyway. Your credit report will outline your full credit history. And it can help you verify you have not been the victim of identity theft.
I opened my freezer and found, to my horror, my ice cream had turned to mush. Why? My refrigerator and freezer were broken. The expense for a new refrigerator was around $700. How could I have seen that expense coming?
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Is economic freedom related to other kinds of freedoms? Does economic freedom affect personal choice?
As well as general online security, which includes a unique user name and password, and a system which locks you out if you guess the combination more than twice, Schwab has several optional verification methods.
David John Marotta was interviewed on radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show discussing Margaret Thatcher and her economics.
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2013 brought many changes, many of them small, into the tax code. Here’s a breakdown of the highlights.
This edition of the Wealth Management Carnival we focus on investing. We have some helpful definitions of investment vehicles and instruments, advice on what to go for and what to avoid, and all kinds of opinions on that roller coaster ride: Financial Markets.
David John Marotta was interviewed recently on radio 1070’s WINA Schilling Show discussing property rights and their importance for a free society.
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