On this page we present a bitcoin return calculator. Enter any two dates between July 17, 2010 and a final date and we will estimate the annual and total return on any money invested in bitcoin. Enter a starting investment value and the bitcoin tool will guess the investment value on the final date. Optionally, […]

# Investing

## A Linear Scale and Round Numbers are Misleading While Investing

When viewed on a linear scale over a long enough time period, large American Stock Index graphs look almost vertical. Drops look crazy steep. The 1987 crash is nearly a blip on the map while the 2008 crash appears (correctly) to be the largest, quickest downfall in the past 40 years. What incorrect decisions do […]

## 2017 Bitcoin Return

The 2017 Bitcoin return was +1,318% not including any transaction fees. At midnight UTC after 12/31/2016 bitcoin traded at 998.33 a coin and one year later traded at 14,156.4 a coin. 2017 Bitcoin Return: Cryptocurrency is Not an Investment Bitcoin is a digital currency built on top of a public, digital ledger known as a […]

## Stock picks for 2018!

Every year, we enter into a stock picking contest with fellow internet personalities and writers (and the occasional pet and child). This year, we made stock picks for 2018 in the Asset Based Life Stock Picking Contest in an epic battle for our pride. We fully intend to take home the top prize of Internet […]

## Where Does 2018 Rank in Annual S&P 500 Returns?

The S&P 500 and the broader equity markets continue to outperform and have seen annual inflation-adjusted 15.8% returns from March 2009 through the end of December 2017. More recently, from November 2016 to January 2017, the S&P 500 has returned 22.3% in total. Annual S&P 500 Returns Vary Wildly I started with each year’s inflation […]

## 2017 NASDAQ Return

The 2017 NASDAQ return was +27.24% calculated from the price index. Using a better calculation which factors in dividend reinvestment, the NASDAQ returned +28.62% in 2017. The 2017 NASDAQ Return: Reinvest Your Dividends The above numbers assume you bought the NASDAQ index on January 3rd, 2017 and sold at close on December 29, 2017. The […]

## 2017 Dow Jones Industrial Average Return

The Dow Jones Industrial Average returned +24.39% in 2017. Using a calculation which includes dividend reinvestment, the Dow Jones returned +28.11%. 2017 Dow Jones Industrial Average Return: Reinvest Your Dividends Those numbers from the introduction are accurate for an index purchase on January 3rd, 2017 sold at close on December 29, 2017. Alternatively, if you […]

## 2017 S&P 500 Return

The S&P 500 Price index returned +18.74% in 2017. Using a better calculation which includes dividend reinvestment, the S&P 500 returned +21.14%. The 2017 S&P 500 Return: Buy, Hold and Reinvest The above quoted numbers are accurate if you bought the index at the opening price on January 3rd, 2017 and sold at the closing […]

## Should You Include Your Primary Home in Net Worth?

When calculating net worth you need to include the value of your home. Proper net worth accounting adds up all assets and subtracts all debts. Primary homes are assets, and debt secured by primary homes is debt. Adding Homes to Net Worth: Confusingly Controversial Although including primary home equity in net worth is correct, this […]

## Dividend Discount Model Calculator for Stock Valuation

Editor: unfortunately the data source on the stock prices sunset. We’ll update the main feed when we update this for the new IEX API (see the Stock Return Calculator) This page contains a dividend discount model calculator to estimate the net present value of an investment based on the future flow of dividends. You can […]