Is it too late for Groupon?

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Being a private company, the financial numbers rumored and said by Groupon have never been clear. Have they really made $800 million in revenue? What are the profits? It was back in December, 2010, when I read the news that Groupon rejected Google‘s buy offer at a reported $6 billion to instead have an IPO […]

How do you think the market will react to Osama’s death?

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  By now I’m sure most of you have heard of the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death. This is a major and great occasion, and there will be much celebration. So with what I blog about, how do we think the market will react to Osama’s death? Do we think it will shoot up? […]

My Own Home Improvements

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Last week I wrote about ways to improve the value of your home. To show that I really mean what I write, here I am practicing what I preach. My low cost home improvements consist of: Painting walls and replacing wall fixtures Installing a ceiling fan to a ceiling box Adding low cost and creative […]

Leasing a New Vehicle

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There are a lot of myths and misconceptions when it comes to leasing vehicles. A lot of money gets tied into our vehicles, so let’s set the record straight when it comes to leasing vehicles. What is vehicle leasing? Vehicle leasing is the leasing (or the use of) a motor vehicle for a fixed period of time. […]

What is Greed?

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I was chatting with a friend a few days ago and we were discussing business and investment opportunities. As an off-question my friend asked what I would do if I had Warren Buffett’s money. I half-jokingly said I would build a race track and race around it all day in all sorts of exotic cars. […]

Easter Spending Habits

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Easter is tomorrow and what better way for an investor to look at it is there than by looking at consumer spending habits! Here are the juicy statistical projections for Easter 2011 by the National Retail Federation: the average consumer is expected to spend $131.04 on everything from candy to clothes – up from last year’s […]

5 Simple ways to increase the value of your home

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With the current state of the real estate market, many are looking for worthwhile ways to increase the value of their home – without breaking the bank. I am one of those people. Here are 5 simple and relatively cheaper DIY tasks that can possibly increase the actual value and perceived value of you home: […]

Setting and Managing Investing Expectations

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Here is the cliché response to winning the lottery: I would quit my job, pay off all my debt, spend a little on myself, invest the rest, and retire. So what does it mean to “invest the rest?” When posed with the question I have heard many responses: Put it into savings and live off the […]

Political Talking Point for Taxes: The Laffer Curve

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Benjamin Franklin said it best, “In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Taxes and tax rates have very large actual and psychological effects on both the  economy and investments. Not a day goes by without hearing news or issues related to taxes – especially when relating to budgets and deficits. How to get […]

Fuel efficient cars won’t always save you money

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While cars are some of the worst investments that can be made, the necessity to travel long distances for daily activities pushes need ahead of investment. That doesn’t stop many from viewing it as a long term “investment.” Many view the value in a car over many years and compare a combination of cost, maintenance, […]