What has the S&P 500 returned with dividends reinvested?  How does your savings rate affect your retirement date?  If you’ve asked about it we’ve probably built or researched it.    

Over the years, Don’t Quit You Day Job has published dozens of original calculators and hundreds of pieces of original research. The following pieces are the cream of the crop of the research pieces, and all of the calculators. Enjoy – and feel free to get lost!

I. Personal Finance Calculators
II. Personal Finance Studies
III. Investment Calculators
IV. Investment Visualizations
V. Investment Studies
VI. Economics Calculators
VII. Economics Visualizations
VIII. Economics Studies
IX. Political Visualizations
X. The Random

 

I. Personal Finance Calculators

We’ve created quite a few calculators we figure will be useful to help you decide the proper course of action for your own finances.  Since we maintain that data and math, not emotion, are the most useful guides for helping you make financial decisions, enjoy some calculators!

 

II. Personal Finance Studies

Sure, these articles often cross over into Economics, but what use is data if you can’t use the experience of millions of other people to guide your own decisions?  These articles use copious amounts of data to boil down paths for you to follow!

 

III. Investment Calculators

We’ve been especially prolific with our investment calculators.  Check here first before you trust random facts and figures in un-sourced articles.  We’ll give you the hard data.  Oh, we put gambling calculators in this section as well – don’t look at that as an editorial decision (if you visit those calculators you’ll see why).

 

IV. Investment Visualizations

We’re slackers on the Investment Visualization front.  Let’s put this one in the I.O.U. category?

 

V. Investment Studies

Not all of our posts on investments have been in visualization or calculator form (although I’m sure those are sometimes preferred.)  Here are our data-manipulation articles, often with static images and charts tossed into the mix!

 

VI. Economics Calculators

We don’t generally make many of these – extrapolation and interpolation don’t always mix well with Economic data.  Still, the ones we’ve created are quite interesting, especially if you use aggregate data to compare to your own life.

 

VII. Economics Visualizations

This category is in our wheelhouse – often, it’s easiest to understand massive amounts of Economic data only when boiled down into visual form.  Humans are great at detecting patterns, but teasing out correlations by staring at poorly formatted numbers doesn’t quite compare to seeing a lion on the high plains.  That said, here are our efforts to bring the dismal science to life:

 

VIII. Economics Studies

Who knew?  The nature of Economics nowadays (read: tons of numbers to parse!) makes studies a worthwhile way to tease out the buried ledes!  Follow along as we push stats software and spreadsheets to their limits (literally – we’ve run into the OpenOffice 65k row limit plenty of times, and one of our studies in R wouldn’t work with only 4GB of RAM on our desktop.).  Enough said, go read something interesting:

 

IX. Political Visualizations

Economics may be the dismal science, but following politics more often leads to a dismal world view!  Hopefully these colorful interactive features brighten your view of the second oldest profession:

 

X. The Random

If it doesn’t fit, you either must acquit or create a new category!  Here’s what we thought didn’t really fit with the rest of the site.  You know, that weird category we call ‘Offbeat’.

Want More?

It’s sometimes hard to come up with new topics that fit on this page – what you see here really only represents a fraction of the material we’ve produced over the years at Don’t Quit Your Day Job… .  If you have any good ideas about how we can expand these efforts?  Definitely get in touch!