Most Taxed States Forbes.com

Forbes ranks the top 10 states that tax the most.

10:) Pennsylvania 9) Wyoming 8 ) Washington 7) Massachusetts 6) New York 5) New Jersey 4) Minnesota 3) Connecticut 2) Hawaii 1) Vermont.

High taxes at least in Washington didn’t save the state for the downturn in the economy. During the 2008 election Gov. Chris Gregoire stated that there is no deficit in Washington State. In 2009 the state is currently dealing with a $9 billion deficit.

Read the Forbes.com article here.

Stocks Up

My stock portfolio that I put together a few weeks ago continues to rise. Lesson learned… It’s not hard to make money in an oversold market. Lets hope markets continue their rise.

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Advertising

As the economic mess continues I like how advertisers are changing the way they market to you from upbeat to now letting you know they feel your pain.

Ameritrade

Does the actor in this photo look worried?

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AmeripriseTV Ad

Or Ameriprise baby boomer targeted ads where Dennis Hopper asks , “Did you really think the road to retirement was going to be easy?.” Baby boomers everywhere replying no, but I didn’t think my retirement would lose over half its value.

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Compare that to the stock market boom 1999 commercials.

eTrade Monkey Commercial

eTrade Jujubes

We Need to Slow Down

Just finished watching a video on slowing down in a world built for speed.  Everyone feels it… we feel stressed and busy ALL the time. Understand why we feel this, watch the video. One of the quotes by Carrie Fisher, “Even these days instant gratification takes too long.”

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/carl_honore_praises_slowness.html

I totally can relate to this. I’m actually thinking about getting rid of my smart phone and downgrading to a standard “dial only” cell phone. Blackberry’s and other smart phones, excuse the language, make you their bitch. How many applications do we really need on our cell phones? Do I really need to have a phone where I can check my e-mail, surf the internet, and map out directions at all times? Yes, it’s convenient, but work shouldn’t have to follow you everywhere. There should be some places and some times just for yourself uninterrupted by the Blackberry blinking red light.crackberry1

My Stock Portfolio

  • March 12, 2009
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I put some money in the stock market yesterday and it paid off big today! I bet big on some highly speculative stocks. I was betting we’ve seen the worst in financials, I was right (At least today).. GE was up 12.72% and Genworth Financial was up 12.00% today. I also put money in Ford a company described as “too big to fail” Ford was up 7.14% today. If I were you I’d take $100, $200, or $2000 and put some money to work in the stock market. It’s worth the risk at this point.

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My portfolio

Worst Stock Market Since Great Depression

  • March 9, 2009
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Yup, it’s official. This is the worst stock market since the Great Depression.

http://marketoracle.co.uk/Article9305.html

Wow! I always used to think these kinds of things would only happen to my grandparents. I used to think it was funny that they saved virtually everything. I wonder if this generation will turn into a penny pinching and hording society.

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