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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...]

How Has Real Estate Performed Since the Recession?

In a word?  Not so hotly. Of course, prices have rebounded quite a bit since the Great Recession, but a few indicators clearly show that things still have quite a way to go - if we assume they are snapping back to where they were even in the early 2000s. Census Homeownership Data This data all … [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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Treasury Return Calculator

Update: Preliminary September data added!  (Per Shiller: September 23) The calculator below uses long run 10-year Treasury Data from Robert Shiller to compute US Treasury returns, based on reinvesting the coupon payments.  You can see the total … [Read More...]