Saturday, September 7, 2013

Houston Texans 2013: Super Bowl or ....

I'm psyched! This is clearly the best Texans team in our short history.

Last year, I said that for the first time it was not ridiculous to put Texans and Super Bowl in the same sentence; this year, I think it's ridiculous not to put them in that conversation. For example, a recent listing of the odds for winning the Super Bowl slots the Texans behind only the Broncos, 49ers, Seahawks, Patriots and Packers. Is this the year we finally make it to the Super Bowl?

The Case for Optimism (key changes since last year)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

What Will $1 be Worth in the Future? (calculator)

This calculator:

  • Converts current prices to equivalent prices any number of years in the future
  • Compares purchasing power today to purchasing power in the future
Enter an amount, how far into the future you want to compute, and the inflation rate you want to assume.  Below we see that at 5% inflation for 20 years, an item that costs $100,000 now will cost over $265,000.  That means that 20 years from now the purchasing power of $100,000 will have been reduced by over 62%; $100,000 then will only be able to buy what we can buy now for about $37,000. (note: may not work in Chrome)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

March 2013 Stock Market Performance

Stock market (DJIA) monthly performance results; closing prices last 12 months through March 2013
Dow Index Monthly Closes Through March, 2013


The Dow started the month closing higher 10 straight days. The close on March 5 finally established a new all-time high. So, slightly more than four years after the crash low, the Dow surpassed the October '07 high of 14,165. Obviously, the remaining closes in the 10-day string also set new all-time highs.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Windows 8: Metro Apps and Programs

Guest Post by "Techie Tim"

Windows 8 Metro Apps and Programs
The Windows 8 "Start" screen

This is the third post in a series, the first post is Windows 8: The Start Screen.

The Windows 8 “Metro” interface

The new appearance of Windows 8 is a screen full of small rectangles – or “half-rectangles” which are square boxes – the “Start” screen.  The new look and feel is the “Metro” interface.  Many apps or programs execute as “Metro Apps” or simply, the new “full screen” appearance.  To end or close a “Metro App”,

Saturday, March 9, 2013

How Much Will Your Bond/CD be Worth in N Years? (calculator)

This Calculator Computes the Future Value of Your Bond/CD for Any Amount, Number of Years, and Interest Rate

Enter data only in the colored cells below.
Note: normal/annual compounding is once a year; semi-annual is 2 times/year; quarterly is 4 times/yr; etc. (may not work in Chrome)