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Chart of the Day: When to Take Social Security

Today’s Chart of the Day from J.P. Morgan shows when to take social security to maximize benefits.


Chart of the Day: Motorcycles vs. Cars vs. Planes

Today's Chart of the Day looks at the statistics of transportation safety. I think everyone already suspects this, but I was surprised by the scale. You are 30 times more likely to die on a motorcycle than in a car. Also, you are 100 times more likely to die in a car than a plane.


Chart of the Day: 99% are Under Current Rate

Today's Chart is from the Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) from Freddie Mac, the government agency that provides mortgage loans.


Chart of the Day: History of Nuclear Arsenals

Today's Chart of the Day looks at the number of nuclear stockpiles in the United States and the USSR/Russia dating back to the 1950s.


Chart of the Day: The Great Exodus Continues

Today’s Chart of the Day from Bloomberg shows the net growth of Exchange Trade Funds (ETFs), in blue, versus the loss from Mutual Funds, in black. Last year was especially brutal when the downturn allowed investors to finally exit their positions with less capital gain.


Chart of the Day: 20+ Years of Inflation

Today’s Chart of the Day is from @Mark_J_Perry on Twitter and is called, “The Chart of the Century.” It shows price changes of various goods and services from January 2000-June 2022 and the private sector doing a good job making things more affordable.


Incorporating Your Side Hustle

Do you have a side hustle? If so, you’re not the only one—about 40% of people in the U.S. run a side hustle or small business in addition to their 9-to-5, according to a 2022 Zapier report. Or maybe you’re thinking of starting one, just like 31% of people (according to the same report). Side hustles can be a great way to pursue your passions outside of work while providing financial security and diverse streams of revenue. Sometimes, a side hustle can even present new opportunities for a career change, giving you the chance to earn a living doing what you love. Whether you’re looking to make extra income, start your own small business, or make a complete career transition, we’re here to guide you through the process.


Chart of the Day: U.S. is Now 58%

Besides cutting-edge technology, a thing the United States leads the world in is banking and investments.


Chart of the Day: Real Estate Down 5%, but Still Up 40%

Today's Chart of the Day is of the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index published yesterday, March 28.


Chart of the Day: Don't Stay in Cash

“Time it right,” and “Don’t buy the peak” are attractive goals; however, the chart from @PeterMallouk shows the difference between perfect timing and bad timing over the last 20 years is only $151K vs. $121K.