Yes You Should Refinance. But How?

With mortgage rates dropping like a brick, it’s becoming a no-brainer for us to refinance our home loan. Even though we just got a 30-year loan 2 years ago at 5.875%, we can get 30-year loans now for around 4.5% or lower. You might be in a similar situation. Rule of Thumb The rule of (more…)

Activision Blizzard (ATVI)

A couple months ago I opened a position in Activision Blizzard (ATVI). Blizzard is the Pixar of the gaming industry. All of their games are blockbusters. The most notable title World of Warcraft collects $15/month from their millions and millions of players. I got interested in the stock after picking up Star Craft 2, another (more…)

More Finance Calculators

These folks emailed us and they have some decent finance calculators on their site: Ultimate Calculators I found the loan application one particularly interesting… haven’t seen that one before. Cheers!

“Payback Time” Analysis for GOOG

I still own a few shares of GOOG. It’s felt overpriced recently, but I’m holding onto a minimal amount at all times and trying to add more over time. So I’m hoping the price drops a bunch so I can pick up more cheaply. Do a search here for GOOG for my previous thoughts (years (more…)

Gold as a Commodity (via Crossing Wallstreet)

Great overview and background on Gold as a Commodity over at Crossing Wallstreet. The summary for current investors is… My view is that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates earlier than expected. I don’t know exactly when that will be but it will put gold on a dangerous path. For now, my advice is (more…)

Goldman Sachs Traded Profitably EVERY DAY Last Quarter

From DealBreaker.com (via CrossingWallStreet): Goldman Sachs just revealed in an SEC filing that its traders made money on every single trading day last quarter, a record for the firm. Net revenue for trading was $25 million or higher in all of the first quarter’s 63 trading days with 35 of those days bringing in more (more…)

NASDAQ Cancelling Trades After Crazy Day in The Market

Trying to figure out what to think about this: (from BusinessWeek) The Nasdaq said after markets closed that it will cancel all trades of stocks that moved more than 60 percent from their price at, or immediately prior to, 2:40 p.m., when the slide started. The cancellation applies to trades executed between 2:40 p.m. and (more…)

Paul Krugman

Image by Getty Images via Daylife I’ve been reading Paul Krugman’s blog at NYTimes.com daily. Paul won a Nobel Prize for economics, so obviously a smart guy. He’s very thoughtful and always bases his opinions on research and current economic thought. I basically defer to this guy on all economic issues like finance reform, the (more…)