Category: Life’s Expenses

August 31, 2012

It’s Official!

Filed under: Life's Expenses - 31 Aug 2012

For years, I’ve wished I could dedicate my time to investing.  As of the close of business yesterday, I’m in that position.  My contract at AT&T ended after three years and so did my w-2 income.  For the first time since I graduated college in 1993, I am not working for someone else.  It’s both exciting and scary at the same time.

Today is my first day being completely self-employed.  I’m not able to spend the entire day working on trading. …



September 30, 2011

Carnival of Financial Planning – Edition #204

Filed under: Beginners,Finance,Life's Expenses,Readers' Posts - 30 Sep 2011

I have the honor of hosting this week’s Carnival of Personal Financial Planning, started by The Skilled Investor.  Check out some of the blogs below and hopefully you’ll you can learn something.

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Best Personal Financial Planning and Personal Investment Articles this Week from Personal Finance Blogs
Carnival of Financial Planning – Edition #204 – September 30, 2011
Welcome to the September 30, 2011 Edition #204 of the Carnival of Financial Planning.

The Carnival of Financial Planning takes a long-term view of personal financial planning for …



January 6, 2010

2010 Investing Goals

Filed under: Finance,Life's Expenses - 06 Jan 2010

Just as I did last year with my 2009 goals post I’m setting my investing goals for 2010.  At the end of 2009 my account balance was $85,007.52 and I sent a $16,000 deposit in that will be credited this week.  So I’m going to include this deposit for my goal setting purposes and say I’m starting 2010 with $101,007.52 in my account.  When setting goals for this account I like to weigh in a three factors – current balance, growth expectations and additional funding plans.

Over …



November 13, 2009

Carnival of Financial Planning

This week MyTradersJournal.com has the honor of hosting the Carnival of Financial Planning, The Best Personal Financial Planning and Personal Investment Articles this Week from Personal Finance Blogs.

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Welcome to the November 13, 2009 Edition #115 of the Carnival of Financial Planning.

The Carnival of Financial Planning takes a long-term view of personal financial planning for individuals and families. We focus on efficient and sustainable personal financial planning practices that can lead to lifetime financial security. 

This edition is arranged by …



April 14, 2009

When is it Smart to Refinance a Mortgage?

Filed under: Finance,Life's Expenses - 14 Apr 2009

Ever since mortgage rates started falling I’ve been waiting for the best time to refinance our home mortgage.  A few months ago I received a promotional letter from the same mortgage broker I’ve used for our past two mortgage loan closings – one mortgage refinance and one original mortgage loan.  I’ve referred him to 8-10 friends and they’ve all used him so we have a good relationship now and always get good interest rates and low closing costs from him (He knows I still …



December 18, 2008

Praise for Quicken

Filed under: Life's Expenses - 18 Dec 2008

I haven’t written a formal review of Quicken yet, but have used Intuit’s money management software since 1997.  I’ve had some issues with stock and option downloads using Quicken in the past, but either they fixed the bug or I figured out what I was doing wrong and don’t have issues with it any more.  If anyone thinks a step by step guide on how to download stocks and options is worthwhile just let me know and I’ll add it …



December 11, 2008

The Cost of Poor Health

Filed under: Life's Expenses - 11 Dec 2008

The past couple of years have been expensive for my family when we look at the cost of poor health.  A lot of it is obvious in missed wages and doctor/hospital fees, but sometimes it’s the intangible costs that can be more important.  The emotional costs and missed opportunities can’t be overlooked when discussing true costs.

20 months ago I had surgery on my neck to remove a couple of bad discs.  I was an hourly contractor …



October 27, 2008

State of Economy – Car Dealers Shutting Down

Filed under: Life's Expenses,Media - 27 Oct 2008

Here’s an interesting article on CNN.com’s site that I almost had for MyTradersJournal.com.  It’s written by a friend of the family who works at CNN, Paul Varian.  He sent me his story via email and said that he was sending it to the AC/360 team also in case they were interested.  He gave me permission to post his story if CNN wasn’t interested.  They were and posted it, so I’m just linking to it instead …



February 3, 2008

Turbo Tax Day

Filed under: Finance,Life's Expenses - 03 Feb 2008

I’m not charting/posting an index today.  I spent my time away from my family doing taxes.  I used the Turbo Tax, like I’ve done for years.  I had to upgrade to Quicken 2008 to get everything to transfer and allow me to continue downloads after April from my credit cards and brokerages. 

I’ll give a review of Quicken 2008 Premier after I’ve had a little more time to play with it.  First impression is good though.  A problem I’ve seen with …



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