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.  

We’ve gathered here (we think) all of our calculators, visualizations, and original research – the cream of the DQYDJ crop. Most of these are credit PK, using R and OpenOffice to format the data, then (mostly) PHP and Javascript to display it or crunch the numbers for you.

Definitely get in touch if you’d like to see us take a shot in a different area; we love requests!

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

 

I. Economics Calculators

Here we’ve compiled the calculators we’ve made which best deserve the ‘Economics’ label. Have fun playing central banker!

 

II. 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 heartless calculators!

 

III. Investment Calculators

We’ve put the most effort into investment calculators – because mainstream publications tend to cherry pick timeframes and ignore the effects of inflation (or, worse, dividends). These calculators are our effort to help you cut through the noise and do your own research.

 

IV. Demographics Calculators

This section has a lot of crossover with Economics, but as we plan on doing a number of demographics calculators in the future, they need their own home. Demographics is destiny!

 

V. 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:

 

VI. Investment Visualizations

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

 

VII. Political Visualizations

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

 

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. Enough said; pick an interesting one to start!

 

IX. 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!

 

X. 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!

 

XI. 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!