Monthly Archives: October 2005

Money Quote – Franklin Jones

“Anybody who finds it easy to make money on the horses is probably in the dog food business” – Franklin P Jones

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Cost Of Avian Flu? A Decade Of Growth

My philosophy regarding the avian flu virus is not too panic, but to be prepared. Whether it’s a H5N1 virus or some other yet unknown strain, the world is overdue for another pandemic. It’s the same as being prepared for … Continue reading

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Opened A Treasury Direct Account

I decided that I would purchase some I-Bonds for my niece for her college investments with $1000 of her funds. Currently I’m investing her money in Japanese antiques (and where I have most of my money invested), but since I … Continue reading

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Why My Savings Isn’t In Japanese Banks

There is a good reason that I don’t keep my savings in a Japanese bank — the interest they pay. While you may think that the percent interest that your bank pays is low, it’s nothing compared to Japanese banks. … Continue reading

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Money Quote – Kin Hubbard

“The safest way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.” – Kin Hubbard

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The Housing Market

If you have been speculating in real estate, there’s a good article to read over at Fortune.com about Tom Barrack,”The King of Real Estate.” Then Barrack launches into a parable. “I feel totally safe playing polo on a field full … Continue reading

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Gift Cards – Why I Don’t Like Them

I was interviewed by the Associated Press about gift cards the other day and my opinion on them. To be quite honest, I think they’re a terrible gift from a personal finance perspective, but I do understand why some people … Continue reading

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American Toilets Are Inferior

I was reading about American Standard and how its stock took a beating over at msnbc when I came across this paragraph: Furthermore — and I realize this is a strange thing to say — the toilets in most American … Continue reading

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Money Quote – Edgar Watson Howe

“If a man has money, it is usually a sign, too, that he knows how to take care of it; don’t imagine his money is easy to get simply because he has plenty of it.” – Edgar Watson Howe

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A Case Study On Saving Money

Today I had to go to the government office to re-register as a foreigner living in Japan. Since I had been talking about saving money being your best investment even though it is under appreciated, I figured this would be … Continue reading

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Money Related Yiddish Proverb

“If the rich could hire others to die for them, the poor could make a nice living.” – Yiddish Proverb

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Chikita eMiniMalls Advertising

For those of you that have an online presence and are looking to earn a little extra money on top of google adsense revenue, you may want to check out Chikita eMiniMalls. Nate and I started using them a couple … Continue reading

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Possible Tax Changes On The Horizon

President Bush has asked for a simpler tax process and set up a panel to make recommendations. While the report is not final, the recommendations that the panel is considering have been reported and the panel’s final report will be … Continue reading

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Largest Lottery Prize Ever

While it’s predicted this Wednesday’s Powerball lottery will be the largest cash prize ever at some $340 Million, remember the odds before you think you are going to win. From Probability Of Winning The Lottery – Don’t Waste Your Money: … Continue reading

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A $91 Billion Conversation

Fortune Magazine has an exclusive sit-down conversation with Bill Gates and Warren Buffet and a couple of “speak out” sessions. Some highlights Both predict the S&P 500 will perform below a 10% average per year over the next 7 years. … Continue reading

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Money Quote – Lee Iacocca

“That’s the American way. If little kids don’t aspire to make money like I did, what the hell good is this country?” – Lee Iacocca

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Monday Carnivals Are Up

The personal finance and debt reduction carnivals are both live. Frugal Underground is hosting the one on debt reduction and My Money Blog is hosting the one on personal finance. There are a wide variety of submissions this week that … Continue reading

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The Best Investment You Can Make

As I mentioned before, when it comes to investments, saving money is usually the diamond in the rough that nobody recognizes. In fact, saving money is plain and simply the best investment you can make. It is, however, often difficult … Continue reading

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If I Had The Power….

Running a website about personal finance and saving money, I get some strange emails from time to time and yesterday was one of those times. I received an email from a person looking for help with her credit report: …I … Continue reading

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Money Quote – Robert Orben

“Every morning I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.” – Robert Orben

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