Category: investments


Retirement: 10 years left, 0 savings – Money Magazine

Um, how scary is this? Walter Updegrave from Money Magazine is trying to help these people who have 10 years left until retirement…and no nest egg. First piece of advice? Start saving…like crazy. “If you save $500 a month for the next 10 years and earn an 8 percent annual return, for example, you’ll have a retirement kitty of more than $90,000 before taxes. If you can manage $1,000 a month, you’re talking $181,000. Neither sum is enough for living large. But both are better than going into retirement with nothing stashed away.”


Thursday Morning Money – No Sleep Edition

Turns out I did quite a lot of snoring last night; enough, in fact, that my wife went and slept on the couch for 3 hours in the middle of it. Strange, as I don’t really snore (according to her)…but I feel very tired today. What does this have to do with anything? Nothing, just felt like sharing. Here are some of my favorite posts from the last couple of days:

I Will Teach You To Be Rich has a message for marketers with useless messages.

Blueprint For Financial Responsibility has an interesting post about furniture quality and the “three tiers”. Check out the comments as well.


When Are Your Funds Average Returns Good Enough?

This month’s column by James B. Stewart in SmartMoney magazine is about “enhanced mutual funds”; ones that have avowed to beat the market. They are index funds of their own making, rather than ones that follow a certain index. That sounds like regular old investing to me, doesn’t it? Don’t we all want to beat the market?

He says in the column about regular index funds:

“Their whole point is to be ‘average’, nothing more and nothing less” and I could not agree more.


Great Stocks That Pay Out Dividends According To Kiplinger.

According to the Kiplinger magazine that arrived today, there are some great stocks that have both healthy dividends and a healthy growth chart that you might want to think about investing in:

Expeditors Intl with a 5 year dividend growth rate of 34.5%.
Fastenal with an 82.1% dividend growth rate.
Harley-Davidson with a 46.5% dividend growth rate.
Johnson Controls – 12.6%
M&T Bank – 17.6%.
Praxair – 24.1%.
W.W. Grainger – 9.7% dividend growth rate.


Thursday Morning Money – Saving For Retirement Edition

Ever spend hours watching your retirement dollars go up and down with the stock market? No? Me neither….on to some favorites from this week….

Lazy Man & Money talks about the recently won $390 million dollar lottery and how if you split the winnings you could not buy that baseball team you wanted. I don’t know about any of you, but I won $5 that night and made back my money! Ok, so I can’t buy a baseball team either…..

Jim over at Blueprint met with a financial planner…and got nothing out of his meeting that he did not already know.

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