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Mar 302015
 

Tweet You know how all the politicians talk about the middle class like they’re a group of people who can turn broken monitors into delicious pizza? The media does the same thing with small investors. “Oh, the financial industry is so bad! Only the rich can navigate it successfully! Whatever will we do with the small investors?!?!?!?” (hits fainting couch). Okay, it’s not that bad. They do have a point. Let’s say you’re just starting out and you have $10,000 to invest. Your options include: Go to a bank and Read More […]

Mar 272015
 

Tweet You know how I make fun of other PF folk for having a giant hard-on about Tangerine savings accounts and paying down debt? Well now the shoe is on the other foot. Might as well get this over with. Hi, my name is Nelson, and I have a Warren Buffett obsession. I would like to quit this obsession, but I cannot. It’s probably the closest my life will ever come to that show Intervention, which I will admit I actually used to watch. I’ve written about Buffett approximately 3,291 Read More […]

Mar 232015
 

Tweet It ranks right up there with the worst cliches that your mother repeated ad nauseam. “Take a sweater, or you’ll catch a cold!” “You lose 90% of your heat through your head!” “You can be anything you set your mind to!” “Your father and I don’t love you anymore.” At best, these expressions are BS half truths and don’t tell the whole story. At worse, they’re just blatant lies that have no business being uttered. No, you can’t be *anything* you might want to be. I’d like to be Read More […]

Mar 132015
 

Tweet And yet all you suckers clicked on it anyway. This is just too easy. You know how everyone and their dog is on the Goodreads and has some sort of reading challenge going on? (I have also joined that particular site, but only because it gives good suggestions of what I should read next) We’ve taken the leisure activity of reading and reduced it to some sort of challenge that needs to be accomplished, like flossing daily. Think of it this way. You know the difference between The Bachelor Read More […]

Mar 112015
 

Tweet Let me tell you a secret about the personal finance blog industry. We write a lot of crap. I’m hardly immune to this. I’ve previously tackled such hard hitting topics as which frozen pizza gives you the best bang for your buck, which gas program will give you the most cents back, and even made fun of Trent Hamm approximately 3,492 times. This is hardly groundbreaking stuff. The reason we all do it is the basic stuff has been covered to death, brought back to life, and then covered Read More […]

Mar 092015
 

Tweet If you’re anything like me, you want to be stinking rich. You want to look down on the plebs from your (figurative) high horse and mock them all for not having as much cash as you. You want the security that comes with having that much money, knowing that you’ve won the contest of accumulating wealth. I salute you for finally figuring this out. Yeah, love is great, but you know what’s better? Love and money. $1 million used to be the goal everyone aimed for. But as time Read More […]

Mar 062015
 

Tweet I’ve got a bunch of random thoughts that aren’t enough for a full post each. So instead, you get a hodgepodge of assorted crap loosely related to money/investing/whatever is going through my noggin. Avert the children’s eyes, it’s gonna get feisty. — I was on a bus today from Hiroshima to Fukuoka, a fact I put in just so you’ll get jealous of my jet-setting ways. I got to thinking about the folks who want to retire really early, like before 50. I don’t want to opine on the Read More […]

Mar 042015
 

Tweet You ever meet one of those guys who claims they’re all about reading, when they’re really just about the size of their book collection? I hate those guys more than a vegan hates delicious. Plus, they’re doing it all wrong. They should be renting books, not buying them. Books are the absolute perfect thing to rent. The vast majority of the time, you’ll buy a book, read it, and then it’ll never be heard from again. It’ll go on your bookshelf, acting as a constant reminder that you have Read More […]

Feb 252015
 

Tweet Even in 2015, just about every newscast, online story, or random mutterings (my favorite kind of mutterings) about the general stock market always starts off with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, usually followed up by the S&P 500, and then the Nasdaq Composite. Although the S&P 500 index fund (NYSE:SPY) dwarfs the size of the equivalent Dow Jones product (NYSE:DIA) to the tune of a $194 billion market cap to $12 billion, the Dow is still the goto index. People still talk about the Dogs of the Dow as Read More […]

Feb 232015
 

Tweet Allow me to start off this post with a sweeping statement on gender equality politics, something that has never been a bad idea in the history of ever. The only reason why Men’s Rights is a thing is because Feminism has become a parody of itself. Feminism ran out of real issues years ago, so now they focus on stupid crap like manspreading, “mansplaining”, and pushing campus rape statistics that don’t even hold up to rational thought, let alone any empirical research. And while we’re at it, LOL at Read More […]