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Was working on my tax return last night and thought this was funny. Source: XKCD

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“Anyone who isn’t embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn’t learning enough.” ~ Alain de Botton

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How does the US compare to the rest of the world? This graph from the Visual Capitalist shows how much debt the major bond issuing countries have versus their GDP. Click to expand the image. H/T Ritholtz

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Just a year ago I shared that Iowa farmland values had fallen for the first time in a number of years. Iowa State University is out with their 2015 farmland values survey and for the second year in a row, the average value of an acre of farmland has dropped. Those of you outside of Iowa may wonder why this …

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Many investors think of the S&P 500 as a U.S. index and they’re right, it does track U.S. companies. But where do those companies make their cash? Market watch took a look at where each component of the index generates its revenue. With help from Standard & Poors, they determined that, for the third year in a row, revenue from …

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Curious where you federal income tax dollars went last year? The following infographic breaks it down. Source: The National Priorities Project

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Buffett recently got rid of his 9 year old Cadillac. This is a car probably worth $5000 in trade-in value at your local dealer. But Buffett wasn’t haggling at his local Omaha Caddy dealer. Nope, he sold it at auction for $122,000! His former Cadillac is pretty unspectacular, but did only have about 20,000 miles on it. The only other …

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A theme I think this blog needs is to pound the table on investment expenses. A recent NY Times article looked at how bank sponsored mutual funds compared to their peers. The author hypothesized that the reason the bank sponsored funds underperformed Vanguard’s offering was due to the much higher internal expense ratios. The expense ratio is a valuable tool …

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An interesting chart showing the top 20 metropolitan areas where startups are receiving first round funding from venture capital firms. It’s not as concentrated as I would have thought. Source: Brookings via Ritholz

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College savers have a little more flexibility inside their college savings plans thanks to a 529 rule change for 2015. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (Able) Act was signed into law by President Obama last year. It allows 529 account owners to change up their investment selections twice per year. Previously, investment changes could only be made once per …

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Time marches on and we can now say the darling index of the 90’s, the NASDAQ, has recovered from its high of 5000 back in the year 2000. Although there’s isn’t much investment benefit in looking in the rearview mirror, the stats geek in me likes to do so anyway. That said, let’s look at the NASDAQ a little closer. …

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I would love to learn to write more essays like this. Check out The Minimalists’ list of 11 signs you might be broke →   Read it here.

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Was working on my tax return last night and thought this was funny. Source: XKCD

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“Anyone who isn’t embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn’t learning enough.” ~ Alain de Botton

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How does the US compare to the rest of the world? This graph from the Visual Capitalist shows how much debt the major bond issuing countries have versus their GDP. Click to expand the image. H/T Ritholtz

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Just a year ago I shared that Iowa farmland values had fallen for the first time in a number of years. Iowa State University is out with their 2015 farmland values survey and for the second year in a row, the average value of an acre of farmland has dropped. Those of you outside of …

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Many investors think of the S&P 500 as a U.S. index and they’re right, it does track U.S. companies. But where do those companies make their cash? Market watch took a look at where each component of the index generates its revenue. With help from Standard & Poors, they determined that, for the third year …

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Curious where you federal income tax dollars went last year? The following infographic breaks it down. Source: The National Priorities Project

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Buffett recently got rid of his 9 year old Cadillac. This is a car probably worth $5000 in trade-in value at your local dealer. But Buffett wasn’t haggling at his local Omaha Caddy dealer. Nope, he sold it at auction for $122,000! His former Cadillac is pretty unspectacular, but did only have about 20,000 miles …

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A theme I think this blog needs is to pound the table on investment expenses. A recent NY Times article looked at how bank sponsored mutual funds compared to their peers. The author hypothesized that the reason the bank sponsored funds underperformed Vanguard’s offering was due to the much higher internal expense ratios. The expense …

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An interesting chart showing the top 20 metropolitan areas where startups are receiving first round funding from venture capital firms. It’s not as concentrated as I would have thought. Source: Brookings via Ritholz

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College savers have a little more flexibility inside their college savings plans thanks to a 529 rule change for 2015. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (Able) Act was signed into law by President Obama last year. It allows 529 account owners to change up their investment selections twice per year. Previously, investment changes could …

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Time marches on and we can now say the darling index of the 90’s, the NASDAQ, has recovered from its high of 5000 back in the year 2000. Although there’s isn’t much investment benefit in looking in the rearview mirror, the stats geek in me likes to do so anyway. That said, let’s look at …

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I would love to learn to write more essays like this. Check out The Minimalists’ list of 11 signs you might be broke →   Read it here.

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