Tagged: investment

Sites of the Week: May 3, 2015

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

– Annie Dillard, author

Factoid: About 28 percent of Americans were totally sedentary last year, failing to participate in even one physical activity, such as running, lifting weights, yoga, bowling, or even stretching, a new survey found. The Physical Activity Council said that roughly 83 million Americans ages 6 and over did nothing at all to maintain fitness—an increase of 18 percent over 2007.

The Wall Street Journal

This is unbelievable. I agree with former Texas State Rep. Todd Smith who wrote Gov. Abbott “Your letter pandering to idiots … has left me livid. I am horrified that I have to choose between the possibility that my Governor actually believes this stuff and the possibility that my Governor doesn’t have the backbone to stand up to those who do.”

Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2015/05/02/403865824/texas-governor-deploys-national-guard-to-stave-off-obama-takeover
http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/ted-cruz-reached-out-the-pentagon-about-martial-law-conspiracy-theory
 

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

TextBlade
https://waytools.com/

If you’re anything like me, typing proves a challenge even on a full-sized keyboard. I’ve tried both external keyboards and keyboard covers. These other solutions force you to accept compromises such as a thicker tablet or smaller keys. Most also will work only with your tablet. TextBlade delivers with full keys and great QWERTY touch-typing in a form factor that’s roughly the size of a pack of gum when folded closed. The TextBlade’s three pieces snap together magnetically.
 

Personal Capital
https://www.personalcapital.com/

Personal Capital offers an easy way for you to organize, track, and analyze your investments. The core service is completely FREE with the option to enroll in their portfolio management service for less than 1% in management fees. If you don’t already have an investment portfolio, this article explains how to get started. However, this site is probably most helpful to those who have worked at multiple companies and never bothered to complete a 401K rollover. With Personal Capital, all of your investments can easily be monitored from a single site. After signing up for a Personal Capital account, you link your financial accounts and they are then shown on your dashboard.

 
CalorieKing
http://www.calorieking.com

About one mile from our home is a Chick-fil-A that is so popular that during the lunchtime rush they place cones and have an employee directing traffic. It made me wonder whether it’s so popular because people like it or they believe it’s a healthier alternative than other fast food restaurants. That led me to this site which, in addition to selling products and services, has several free features. Under Tools, you can look up the nutritional facts for a range of food items. Even better, you can compare items such as a Big Mac and a Chick-fil-A spicy chicken sandwich. A complementary site is the Fast Food Nutrition Calculator.
 

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

Sites of the Week: January 4, 2015

“The first to apologize is the bravest, the first to forgive is the strongest, and the first to forget is the happiest.”

– Unknown

At this time of year, many columns list words or phrases that should be retired. This is mine:

  • At the end of the day
  • Bottom line
  • Game changer
  • That having been said
  • It’s all good
  • No worries

Factoid: The U.S. borrowed the money for the Afghanistan War, the longest conflict in U.S. history, and has already racked up $125 billion just in owed interest.

Financial Times
 

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

Ask Bob Rankin: 10 Things Not to Buy in 2015
http://askbobrankin.com/10_things_not_to_buy_in_2015.html?awt_l=IaJwN&awt_m=JJPlGiuLnuP6SL

This Bob Rankin column lists ten goods and services you should avoid buying because they are either available for unnecessary or free or less expensive alternatives are available.
 

Intuit Mint
https://www.mint.com/

It’s a new year. For those in the U.S. and Canada, this site can help you get your finances in order. Mint.com is a FREE web-based personal financial management service from Intuit designed to allow you to centrally manage your cash flow, budgets and bills through their portal. Create a budget, receive alerts for unusual account charges and your credit score for free. Mint.com has over 10 million users and can connect with over 16,000 US and Canadian financial institutions and supports more than 17 million individual financial accounts.
 

AncestryDNA
http://dna.ancestry.com/

Our daughter received this as gift and the results were interesting. You send in your DNA kit with a saliva sample and receive your results in 6-8 weeks. Results include a report of your estimated ethnicity in maps, charts and accompanying explanations. Your results are also integrated with family history resources on Ancestry.com. You can optionally connect with relatives in a safe and confidential way using their online messaging service that lets users contact each other anonymously. When another member sends you a message, you’ll receive an alert in your Ancestry inbox and an email. Regularly $99, a special price of $79 ends January 6. Unfortunately, AncestryDNA test is not yet available to purchase outside the United States.
 

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

Sites of the Week: November 23, 2014

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Aphorism often incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain

Factoid: Since 2009 the economy has grown by 12 percent, corporate profits by 46 percent and the broad stock market by 92 percent, but median household income has actually contracted 3 percent. 65 percent of the private sector jobs created in the last five years have paid hourly wages of $20 or less.

The New York Times
 

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

FindTheBest
http://www.findthebest.com/

FindTheBest is a research engine site founded by DoubleClick cofounder Kevin O’Connor. FindTheBest provides detailed information and comparisons on more than 2,000 topics. Its mission is to collect, structure, and connect data on thousands of topics, from products to schools and businesses. For example, we’re looking at switching insurance and this site provided rankings.
 

3DAround
http://3d.dacuda.com

3DAround lets you easily take 3D pictures with your iPhone. The site seems to focus on photography, but its use is not limited to just food. Simply hit record, revolve your camera phone or tablet around an object, and 3DAround stitches together all the photos into a 3D image the viewer can spin at will. Even if you don’t have an iPhone or you’re not especially interested in shooting 360 degree images, you still should be sure to watch their short demo video.
 

BrokerCheck Tool
http://www.finra.org/Investors/ToolsCalculators/BrokerCheck/

This is the FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) site. “FINRA is dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation of the securities industry.” The FINRA BrokerCheck tool enables you to research brokers and brokerage firms and investment advisers and their firms. The site also offers investing advice.
 

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”