Dollar Cost Averaging is a set it and forget it investment strategy that lines up well with how your paycheck works. You’re paid on a periodic basis, and if you use DCA… you turn right around and invest on a periodic basis too. Today I’ll talk about what dollar cost averaging is, how you should […]
We here at DQYDJ have recently been sharing some of our insights into our own personal finances – you can thank tax season for that. Recently, I covered our current asset allocation and Cameron his. Today, taxes in hand, I tallied up my savings rate for last year. In 2017, our net saving rate (dollar […]
Every year – usually, conveniently, around tax time – we like to evaluate the total picture of our personal finances. DQYDJ is (at least occasionally) a personal finance web site, so that usually means an asset allocation post and a savings rate post. Today, I’ll share our broad asset allocation snapshot. If it helps with […]
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) On this page is a Graham Number Calculator which can auto-populate and lookup financial information for over 2,000 American Stocks. The calculator works with your inputs […]
On this page is a present value calculator, sometimes abbreviated as a PV Calculator. Present value is an estimate of the current sum needed to equal some future target amount to account for various risks. Using the present value formula (or a tool like ours), you can model the value of future money. Using the […]
Subtitle: Until You Read This Article.
I’m not one for hyperbole… I’m more of a “here’s the data, deal with it” person, but I’ll make a vast blanket statement for you today. You see, you may not care too much either way about the whole ‘fiscal cliff’ scenario, where an expiration of the so-called ‘Bush Tax Cuts’ of 2001 and 2003 would reset to their previous levels. Perhaps you make under $200,000 as a single or $250,000 as a couple, so if the cuts expire and President Obama extends them in a second term you wouldn’t worry too much. Fine – I won’t spend this article discussing what the appropriate level of taxation is for the many strata of incomes earned in this country. However, I do want to draw your attention to the insidious effect of rolling back the 2001/3 cuts – namely, how the code characterizes dividends.
“Oh, I don’t invest in stocks. They’re too risky” said a young (urban) professional friend of mine. Five minutes later he was reconsidering that statement, and you’ll be happy to know he’s now the proud owner of some stock (well, at least some stock mutual funds).