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Patriot Pyro 120G SSD RAID
October 5, 2011 6:11 PM
While I periodically write about technology, I try do so in a business context. I will make an exception for this entry though as I want to document the gotchas we've ran into for others to benefit from our experiences. ...
Equipment guaranteed to break
October 1, 2011 4:43 AM
We upgraded our main data processing server with 4x120GB Indilinx SSDs a little over 2 years ago. It was quite an astounding leap in performance going from hard drives to 1000MB/s reads, 800MB/s writes and 0 latency.This week though, we...
Rebalancing Commodities & Treasuries
September 17, 2011 9:33 AM
Earlier this month, I wrote about my silly investment strategy for my Roth IRA. I switched to this strategy mostly from the frustration of managing an integrated portfolio. I missed a lot of rebalancing opportunities due to the hassle of...
401k Lineup Tweaks
September 7, 2011 7:27 PM
Our balance in Vanguard Inflation Protected Securities went over $100K in August so I sent off a note to our contact at Employee Fiduciary to switch from Investor to Admiral class. When that gets settled, this is how our fund...
Stupid Roth IRA tricks
September 4, 2011 10:16 AM
It's been several years since I've been able to make a Roth IRA contribution and the back door conversion is too painful to consider since I have a hefty balance in a traditional IRA. As a practical matter, not being...
Unexpected costs of vacations
March 1, 2011 3:06 PM
After vacationing in Hong Kong and Hainan, I completely lost focus on my regular schedule -- no blog updates, no exercising. This happened also last year when I came back from the U.S. and Singapore. We really are creatures of...
Hainan vacation notes
January 26, 2011 9:57 AM
For the past month, the temperature in Taishan has been in the low 40s during nights and when lucky, up to the high 50s during the day time. Hence, we decided to take a trip to warm Hainan where it's...
Historic Portfolio Performance
January 13, 2011 8:31 AM
A few days ago, I mentioned my online tool to inspect historic returns. The inspiration for the tool was a NY Times article -- however it's chart only showed stock returns while my tool allows you to choose any combination...
Rebalancing Issue with Employee Fiduciary
January 8, 2011 8:33 AM
Originally posted December 29, 2010I just ran into a rebalancing issue with Employee Fiduciary's 401k platform. My personal setup has automatic rebalancing enabled for every 3 months on the 25th. Easy breezy -- except we had a fund change from...
Luck of the Market
January 7, 2011 10:49 PM
Originally posted January 4, 2011Here's an article in NY times about the luck of investing. The graph can take a while to soak in so you will need to stare at it for a while.In Investing, It's When You Start...