Category: Fun with Numbers

Language Fail in the Land of Financial Planners: The Smooshing Together of Financial Planning and Investment Advising

Hey kids! The FP50IBD for 2014 is out, and it’s a real humdinger! What’s that you say? You’re wondering what that nasty looking little squirt and a half of letters and numbers all strung together in that first paragraph means, are ya? Please allow me to introduce . . . […]

A Vote-Count Scale Tale: In the Virginia Attorney General Vote, How Small is Small, and Should Tied Votes be Do-Overs?

The initial official vote tally for Virginia’s Attorney General race is in, and here it is:   Candidate        Votes Obenshain     1,103,613 Herring     1,103,777 Write-In        4,926 Total   2,212,316   The difference between the two candidates is 164 votes. Out of the total votes cast, […]

15-Year vs. 30-Year Mortgages (Part 2): Which is Better for You?

Quick! Which would you rather have: a 30-year mortgage at 4% or a 15-year mortgage at 3.25%? I thought I knew the answer — the 15, right? — until I recently spent a good deal of time what-if’ing the numbers. And what I found surprised me.

San Francisco Realty Realities Bite or Nourish, Depending on Which Side You’re On

I am fortunate to live in Noe Valley, San Francisco, California, USA, North America, Earth. I am doubly fortunate to have bought a house in En-Vee Ess-Eff See-Eh in 1996 (though admittedly the downside of this time scaling is that it puts me well into the second half — final […]

A Scale-Tale: How Big is a Business with 400 Employees?

I am a student of scale — a collector of scale-tales. It all began decades ago with the wonderful book The Seven Mysteries of Life, by Guy Murchie, a life’s-work sort of undertaking for him, full of interesting notions interspersed with the author’s cute drawings and beginning with a chapter […]

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