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We’re back! Our imaginary vacation was great. It was fun to take some time off from writing and enjoy the holidays. I hope you had a great holiday season! Now that it’s January, it’s time to buckle down and get going on retirement plans, taxes, and more! Check out the 2009 Roth 401k and Roth IRA Limits [1] if you want to increase your plan contributions.


Quicken is offering $20 off [2] until January 25, 2009. The discount applies to the following products: Quicken Deluxe, Quicken Premier, Quicken Home & Business, and Quicken Rental Property Manager.

TurboTax [3] is answering free tax questions through January 31, 2009. Anyone can talk to an expert who will answer one personal, federal tax-related question at Free Tax Question [4].

Jumpstart Your Retirement Plan Days is back. On January 13, 2009 and January 30, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, NAPFA members across the country will be standing by to answer your financial questions for free. Call 1-888-919-2345 or visit Jumpstart [5] to ask your questions.

Multiple banks have updated their rates. I updated the rates in Rate Chasing with High Yield Savings Accounts [6].

Stock Market Graphs

My favorite article this week is Why Your 4th Quarter 2008 Investment Statements Look So Bad – Blame the First 8 Days in October [7]. I great series of graphs showing which days most of the 4th quarter losses came from. Although it’s the reverse that really drives the point home: missing the best 8 days of a quarter will extremely limit your gains.

Here’s another fun chart with some stock market history: Historical Distribution of Annual US Market Returns From 1825-Present: How Bad Was 2008? [8]

Here are all the articles I enjoyed this week. Lots to read, so we’ll get right to it!

Obama’s Economic Stimulus Plan

The New Year



And More!