Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Everything you need to know about money

I came across this list in some literature from Vanguard. We used to do great on most of these ... a perfect short list.

* Make a will.

* Pay off your credit cards.

* Get term life insurance if you have a family to support.

* Fund your 401(k) to the maximum.

* Fund your IRA to the maximum.

* Buy a house if you want to live in a house and can afford it.

* Put six months' expenses in a money market fund.

* Take whatever money is left over and invest 70% in a stock index fund and 30% in a bond fund through any discoutn broker and never touch it until retirement.

If any of this confuses you, or you have something special going on (retirement, college planning, tax issues), hire a fee-based financial planner, not one who charges a percentage of your portfolio.

From Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel, HarperCollins Publishers, 2002.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Virtual fĂștbol juggling

Charlie Brown won!

What is up with Charlie Brown? Charles Schultz dies and suddenly the boy who taught us it is OK to fail suddenly beats the marbles out of the bully!

In case you missed it on Monday, there was a new Charlie Brown special. Here is a synopsis from an MIT site.

He's a Bully, Charlie Brown

A new TV special titled He's a Bully, Charlie Brown will air Monday, November 20, 2006 from 8:30-9:00 (Eastern/Pacific) on ABC, just after this year's broadcast of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. This special tells the story of a game of marbles that becomes too fiercely competitive for some of the children. When Charlie Brown is called upon for help, he finds that the only way he can finally prove himself to be a neighborhood hero is to match wits with the marble-playing bully. Is he up to the challenge? The show is based on Peanuts comic strips from April 1995. Charles Schulz was working on the idea for this special when he passed away, although he did not complete a script for it. (November 1, 2006)

I was happy enough that Charlie Brown was a blockhead and a loser. Maybe it is OK if not everyone is a winner. Next, they'll have him kicking the ball out of Lucy's hands.

I think one of the reasons my kids have such a hard time when they do lose or don't get the trophy is because it is such a rare occurance these days. It's OK to know you were not the best, because then you have something to strive for.

I think, anyway.

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