Personal Finance Software

Our financial goals are often very general such as “be out of debt” or “get a better handle on our money”. If we don’t have a clear picture of where we are and where we’re headed, the chances that we’re making progress in the right direction are pretty slim. In fact, we could be slipping […]

Compound Interest Simply Understood

Most bank savings and money market accounts provide periodic compounding of interest, which is the interest being applied to the balance for a given period (usually monthly). What makes this such a great benefit, is that the interest applied in the current month, is applied to the balance that includes the interest from last month […]

Personal Finance Simply Understood

One of the rules-of-thumb for blog writing is brevity which is understandable, but it limits the amount of information that can be provided in a single post. This often segregates related information that is better applied in concert. For instance, I have posted individual blogs about debt elimination, compound interest, and saving. Each post contains […]

Big Payoff for Indexing with a Buy-and-Hold Strategy

I’m a fan of investing in low cost index mutual funds with a buy-and-hold strategy, and not chasing hot stocks or trying to time the stock market. And for those who follow this approach, 2013 paid off handsomely. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 29% (including dividends), the S&P 500 index 32%, and about 37% for the Russell […]