Raises Headed Your Way? The Unemployed Workers to Job Openings Ratio

An interesting survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which has started to get a lot more coverage is the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey, or JOLTS for short.  In a limited time (literally only since 2000), JOLTS has proven useful in revealing statistics on why workers leave their jobs, and also in revealing the actual number of open … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 1/25/2015

I hope you weren't deflated to not wake up to a DQYDJ weekender yesterday - we warmed it up for you to read it today. Links We Liked! We feature lots of Financial Uproar because Nelson delivers interesting stuff like this takedown of poor money management from an affluent Canadian couple. Even more tough love from Canada at Save. Spend. … [Read more...]

Yet More Retrospectives: Past Stock Contest Picks

I know, you're probably getting sick of these at this point - but what's the point of maintaining a website for 6 years if we don't go back and check out some of the silly/smart claims we made in the past?  Also, this will be the last one for a while, at least until we talk about our savings rate around tax time: a retrospective looking at how … [Read more...]

More Retrospective: My Performance vs. the S&P 500

I've been an investor for a while now, but I bought my first individual stocks on 3/3/2009 - fortuitously (through luck or skill or otherwise), just 6 days before the market's ultimate bottom.  Those purchases were very successful, and all proceeded to beat the broader S&P 500 rally from that point. Over the last 18 months or so, the … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 1/17/2015

Good week so far?  Yes?  No?  (And which day is a 'week' considered over?). From a site-runner's perspective, it's nice to see the traffic that disappeared in the holidays (and more!) come back in the early year numbers.  But, let's be honest - we're just biding time until the tax articles, a topic that Cameron knows under-serves some income … [Read more...]

A Retrospective – Our Stock Contest Performance in 2014

Since we gave you the justification for our picks on Monday, we also wanted to talk a bit about our trolling picks from last year - which earned us a rule named after us in the Financial Uproar Stock Picking Contest - namely, that any ETFs purchased had to be derived from stocks. Yes, we were winning through September - but since there is no way … [Read more...]

Stock Picks for 2015!

One of our annual traditions in this crazy financial sphere of the internet is to compete in a so-called 'fantasy investing league' with few of our favorite writers (and commenters!), run by our friend Nelson at Financial Uproar.  The rules are simple: Pick anything Nelson can track easily with Google Finance. The 'start price' is the open on … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 1/10/2015

Ahh, the first Weekender in a while, and the first one of the new year - maybe we should call it the 'monthly' or something?  Regardless, happy new year to those who see fit to subscribe to DQYDJ! Also, of course, happy new year to the new people at the gym and the new site on the internet - may your undertakings be fruitful, and don't hesitate … [Read more...]

2014 NASDAQ Return

(We include reinvested dividends) You've probably already seen other financial websites reporting the correct-yet-incomplete number of 13.85% for the NASDAQ's return.  You come to Don't Quit Your Day Job... for the real number, though, of course - which we are happy to report that, dividends reinvested, the NASDAQ returned 15.18% to investors in … [Read more...]

2014 Dow Jones Industrial Average Return

(We include reinvested dividends) Unlike typical financial sites which have already reported that the Dow Jones Industrial Average returned a 'meh' 7.55% from the open on January 1st until the close on the 31st of December, we here at Don't Quit Your Day Job recognize that real investors don't burn their dividend checks when they receive … [Read more...]