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S&P 500 2014 Performance: Inflation Adjusted and Dividend Reinvested

We've mentioned it before, one or two (hundred) times... the best way to evaluate investment performance in a vacuum isn't by using the 'price level' of an index.  Instead, it is best to check the relative purchasing power increase an investment has brought to the table - and you can only do that by … [Read More...]

A Collection of Peers: How Work and School Choice Affects Total Income

If you read mainstream financial media, you've recently seen more and more sophisticated reporting on median income trends in the United States.  Instead of tossing a single median income number at you out of context, mainstream sources are getting better and better at providing context... … [Read More...]

Wage Income: A Key Middle Class Marker

Excuse us while we channel Thomas Piketty for a second: the truly affluent, the highest earners... they receive the highest proportion of total income outside their wages: generally from business and investment income. And, turning off the Piketty channel: at the lower ends of the total income … [Read More...]

For Your Money, What House Should You Target in Silicon Valley?

When our friend SSS from Save. Spend. Splurge. asked us if we were interested in shining a spotlight on value-for-your-housing-buck in the Bay Area of California, we jumped at the opportunity.  Her prompt: What can you buy for $250,000, $500,000, $750,000, and $1,000,000 in your neck of the … [Read More...]

The DQYDJ Weekender 10/18/2014

So, my promising Saturday was rudely interrupted by the galvanized downpipe to my sprinkler system springing a leak last Sunday.  I've had this amazing piece of engineering you can see above (read: hack) stopping the flow brilliantly for a week, but I'll be replacing it with PVC … [Read More...]

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Should You Get a Degree or Drive a Truck?

Admit it – when you woke up today you asked yourself this very question – “is it better to go to college or to become a truck driver?“. Well, so did we here at DQYDJ. Inspired by a Twitter conversation from our friends JT at MoneyMamba and Matt Allen … [Read More...]

Racial Bias in Foul Rates among NBA Referees

In early May 2007, a study gained publicity that claimed NBA referees altered their habits of calling fouls based on the racial makeup of the offending players. Maria Rainier recently helped write an article about changing gender discrimination. In … [Read More...]