Amazon Gets Physical–Can They Reinvent the Department Store?

Remember department stores? Those square footage behemoths that anchor malls across the country, homes to iconic store brands inviting you in to shop for everything from shoes and clothing to luggage and furniture. But retail is finnicky. Companies have to predict what consumers will want to buy next spring and summer even though the fall season has yet to start. The ways in which we shop have also drastically changed, pushing the traditional department store model to the margins. Now, digital dominates; we’re shopping on apps and on Instagram, buying online and picking up in store rather than spending hours[…]

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12 Months of Net Worth Tracking! – “One Dozen”

The post 12 Months of Net Worth Tracking! – “One Dozen” appeared first on Budgets Are Sexy. Last year I began sharing my net worth reports. And today marks the 12th consecutive month of tracking. Woohoo! Happy…. “net-worth-iversary”? It’s been a wild year. Here’s a chart of the 12 monthly report totals… Assets as of 9/1/2021: $733,858 A few interesting notes and realizations when I look at this chart… Total growth since […] The post 12 Months of Net Worth Tracking! – “One Dozen” appeared first on Budgets Are Sexy. Powered by WPeMatico

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Robinhood’s “Free Stock” Offer Isn’t Really That Great

The post Robinhood’s “Free Stock” Offer Isn’t Really That Great appeared first on Budgets Are Sexy. Mornin’, mornin’! There’s a bunch of hype around Robinhood these days and I’ve always been curious about their “free stock” sign-up incentive … So, this month I signed up to see what the fuss is about. Spoiler alert: It’s a bit of a letdown. 😔 The app itself does what it’s supposed to do — […] The post Robinhood’s “Free Stock” Offer Isn’t Really That Great appeared first on Budgets Are Sexy. Powered by WPeMatico

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30 Mini-Challenges for September to Improve Your Life and Money!

The post 30 Mini-Challenges for September to Improve Your Life and Money! appeared first on Budgets Are Sexy. Happy Friday! It’s been an expensive summer for me and my wife … all the vacations, celebrations, gifts, and fancy foods have given our wallets a little hammering. I was trying to think of a no-spend challenge or something we could do for the month of September to try and save some $$… But then […] The post 30 Mini-Challenges for September to Improve Your Life and Money! appeared first on Budgets Are Sexy. Powered by WPeMatico

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The SEC Won’t Let Me Be, Shopify Stupefies & Intel’s Government Pension

What A Tangled Web We Weave… Great Ones, today we’re talking about billionaire investor Mark Cuban and his spat with the SEC. But first … did y’all see the new Spider-Man: No Way Home teaser trailer? Spoiler alert! I’ve watched this trailer way too many times, which directly shows (or hints at) the following appearances: Dr. Strange, Doc Ock, Green Goblin, Electro, Sandman, Lizard and Black Suit Spider-Man. What in the name of Madam Web is going on?! This looks epic! Kudos, Sony (NYSE: SONY) and Disney (NYSE: DIS). All right … Mark Cuban is no Spider-Man. OK, maybe he’s[…]

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Home Prices Aren’t in a Bubble

Over the past few months, there has been an influx of doom-and-gloom articles claiming home prices are in a bubble. Frankly, I don’t think the claims could be further from reality. That’s because measuring value is all about perspective. When compared to historical home prices, current home prices may seem expensive. In fact, the Shiller Home Price Index is 38% higher than it was at the height of the 2006 housing bubble. But if you consider factors like rising rent prices, wage inflation and a rapidly expanding money supply, the housing market has been modest in recent years. In the[…]

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20 Money Questions for Your Partner + My Wife’s Answers

The post 20 Money Questions for Your Partner + My Wife’s Answers appeared first on Budgets Are Sexy. Good morning, money nerds! I recently came across an old quiz from a post called 20 Money Questions to Ask Your Significant Other. These 20 questions are designed to bring couples financially closer together by understanding each other’s past, present, and future thoughts around money. It’s not just for new couples. Even though my wife […] The post 20 Money Questions for Your Partner + My Wife’s Answers appeared first on Budgets Are Sexy. Powered by WPeMatico

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Soaring Profits & Even Higher Hopes–Retail Earnings Kick Off with a Bang

Even though earnings season is winding down, high-profile retail players reported their latest results this week, giving us a peek into consumer behavior during the last quarter. Home Depot’s (HD) top and bottom-line figures showed impressive growth. Sales rose 8.1% year-over-year to $4.1 billion thanks to solid comparable sales gains. Net income jumped 11% to $4.8 billion, or $4.53 per share, driven by a 12.7% increase in stock buybacks. But investors focused on one weak metric of HD’s report: customer traffic fell 6% in the second quarter, a dramatic decline when compared to the almost 20% increase the company had[…]

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We Buried Treasure in the Australian Outback 7 Years Ago

The post We Buried Treasure in the Australian Outback 7 Years Ago appeared first on Budgets Are Sexy. Happy Friday, everyone! Today’s story isn’t really about personal finance … But, it does involve finding hidden treasure! 💎👑💍!! And it could also be a cheap-ish adventure of a lifetime that you can plan for your kids! (Or in my case — future kids!) The story starts about 30 years ago, back when my friend […] The post We Buried Treasure in the Australian Outback 7 Years Ago appeared first on Budgets Are Sexy. Powered by WPeMatico

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3 Highly-Ranked Growth Stocks on the Move

The market can move pretty fast… especially when it getting over an unprecedented shut down. Stocks are hitting new highs with regularity again and look to make even more history moving forward as the vaccines continue to do their job and this pesky delta variant fades. So you need a portfolio that can move just as fast! Our Top Ranked Growth Stocks on the Move screen can be a big help. The three big components for this list are Zacks Ranks of #1 or #2 (Strong Buys and Buys only), a Zacks Industry Rank in the top 50% and Growth[…]

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