Shifting to Savings in 2011

As we enter the last week of the year, we hope that all of you are enjoying the holiday season. This week is one of reflection and resolution for the year to come, and for many that includes a somewhat uneasy scan of the December credit card statement to see how much damage was done over the holidays. There will be countless articles out there in the coming week with suggestions on how to trim the coming year’s budget. To add to those, we’ve compiled a few of the more unique ways to eke out… [read more]
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New Index Returns Astound Wall Street

(from Dan Solin’s Huffington Post blog, 12/7/2010 – click here for the original post) It’s hard to be modest about this achievement, but I am going to try. In January, 2010, I created the Solin Random Stock Index (SRSI). For those skeptics who want to verify this claim, please see this blog I wrote at the time. I wish I could report that my index was a complex algorithm, but it was really very simple. I just took the spelling of my last name, and punched each letter into a quote engine. I selected the… [read more]
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Preparing for the Unexpected

I was planning to write this week’s blog on the provisions of the most recent tax bill, but Congress isn’t cooperating. It’s interesting that a major point of contention is the estate tax. Most people were hoping to go back to the $3.5 million exemption and the 45% tax rate we had in 2009. As many of you know, when the Republicans and President Obama originally negotiated the newest tax bill, a $5 million exemption and 35% rate were included. It’s anyone’s guess when a new bill will be negotiated. We didn’t expect to get… [read more]
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Holiday Stuff

For those of us that celebrate and haven’t realized it yet, Christmas is about 2 ½ weeks away. Up until yesterday, I was completely in the dark on this, and I know I’m not alone. Didn’t I just carve a turkey last week? Didn’t the pool just close a few weeks before that? Maybe they changed the date this year. Saturday, my family participated in our annual drive out to the country in search of this year’s Christmas tree. Yes, we pass several tree farms on the way and countless tree lots, but it’s something… [read more]
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