Financial Geekery

August 30, 2011

Earlier today, I was talking with a colleague of mine about saving for college. Our children are still very young — my older child is five, and his is two — but we both know that college will be here in the blink of an eye, and if costs continue rising as they are, we...

August 23, 2011

I have to admit, I had some trouble with the title to this post. “The power of discretionary spending?” What does that even mean? Well, read on, and you’ll see. (And if you come up with a better idea for a title, feel free to leave it in the comments.)

The idea is relat...

August 23, 2011

I read an article today that frightens me: apparently, SPDR’s gold ETF (GLD) now has more money invested in it than their S&P500 ETF (SPY). What this means is that investors are, in mass quantities, pulling out of stocks and investing in gold. I understand the lack of...

August 9, 2011

Seriously?

OK, I get that the US and Europe are having a rough time of it. Yes, we have a ton of debt. Yes, our politicians are being, well, politicians. Yes, something needs be done about it. And yes, American’s debt rating just got downgraded by S&P. But…seriously, wh...

August 2, 2011

(First off, I’d like to apologize to the grammar nazis who wince whenever someone verbs nouns. Welcome to twenty-first century English, and descriptive linguistics.)

In the course of Sunday nights’ workshop, the topic came up of selling one’s unneeded items to raise mon...

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