Money Sitting In The Bank? Consider Treasuries

Do you have a sizable amount of cash sitting in the bank earning almost nothing in interest? This could include your emergency fund, which may in some cases be as large as 12 months' worth of expenses, though most of the time only 3 months' worth needs to be immediately available. This could also include … Continue reading Money Sitting In The Bank? Consider Treasuries

Tables of S&P 500 Rolling Total Returns

1-Year Returns Starting Year Annualized Return Annualized Inflation-Adjusted Return 1871 15.6% 13.9% 1872 11.2% 8.7% 1873 -2.5% 2.0% 1874 4.7% 12.5% 1875 5.4% 11.8% 1876 -14.2% -14.9% 1877 -1.3% 16.9% 1878 16.3% 29.6% 1879 49.4% 23.8% 1880 26.7% 34.4% 1881 0.3% -7.2% 1882 3.6% 5.6% 1883 -5.5% 2.3% 1884 -12.4% -2.3% 1885 29.9% 34.6% 1886 … Continue reading Tables of S&P 500 Rolling Total Returns

Beware Of Financial Analyst Location Bias

You may be aware of home bias when it comes to investing, which is the tendency to oversaturate a portfolio with investments from your home country at the expense of international exposure. However, have you ever considered the biases of financial analysts, whose job it is to make stock recommendations (from buy to sell) and … Continue reading Beware Of Financial Analyst Location Bias

No, 36% Of Americans Earning Over $250,000 Are Not Living Paycheck To Paycheck Because Of Inflation

There were a number of articles going around this week about a survey from PYMNTS in collaboration with LendingClub which found that 36% of Americans who earn over $250,000 per year reported living paycheck to paycheck in April 2022. You can download the report for free here. This was a shocking finding for many people … Continue reading No, 36% Of Americans Earning Over $250,000 Are Not Living Paycheck To Paycheck Because Of Inflation

Why Do Fewer Independents Own Stocks Than Democrats and Republicans?

I was recently looking up statistics on stock ownership broken down by subgroup (income level, education, age, race/ethnicity, gender, and political party affiliation), and I was surprised to discover that while around 60% of both Democrats and Republicans own stocks (61% and 65%, respectively), only 53% of Independents invest in the stock market. This is … Continue reading Why Do Fewer Independents Own Stocks Than Democrats and Republicans?

Stocks: Answers To Common Questions

What is a stock? A stock is a financial instrument, or monetary contract, denoting partial ownership of a corporation. A unit of stock is called a share. A company issues shares when it divides ownership among investors or employees. Both public and private companies may issue shares, but they are traded and valued differently. The … Continue reading Stocks: Answers To Common Questions

6 Money Lessons From Hataraku Maou-sama! (The Devil is a Part-Timer!)

Watching anime is one pastime I enjoy. I even have a website where I've posted nearly 4,000 funny screenshots from anime TV shows and movies that I have watched over the years. But just because you do something for fun, doesn't mean you can't learn something from it. While I was re-watching Hataraku Maou-sama! (known … Continue reading 6 Money Lessons From Hataraku Maou-sama! (The Devil is a Part-Timer!)

How Does War Affect The U.S. Stock Market?

With the outbreak of war in Ukraine, my heart goes out to all the Ukrainians and their relatives and friends around the world. War is a terrible thing, and the needless suffering of innocent people is heartbreaking. That said, during tumultuous times, people often wonder how their personal finances may be affected. This may seem … Continue reading How Does War Affect The U.S. Stock Market?

Cheaper Groceries? Depends What and Where You’re Buying: Grocery Store Price Changes from June to November 2021 in State College, PA

Inflation has been a big topic of late, as everyone has watched prices rise in recent months. Indeed, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), a measure of inflation tracked by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), has risen 6.2% over the past year (ending in October 2021), the largest 12-month increase since 1990. However, this … Continue reading Cheaper Groceries? Depends What and Where You’re Buying: Grocery Store Price Changes from June to November 2021 in State College, PA

Don’t Take Out Personal Loans To Invest

A recent survey by MagnifyMoney found that a significant portion of investors, particularly younger investors, have taken on debt to invest. Out of about 1000 investors surveyed, 40% took on debt to invest. Here's how that broke down by age group: Generation Percent who took on debt to invest Z80%Millennials60%X28% Baby boomers 9% Of those … Continue reading Don’t Take Out Personal Loans To Invest