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Monthly Archives: December 2006

Zecco Trading

Gathering from your questions after the first part of this review, there is a lot of interest in Zecco.com and their promise of zero commission trades. In the concluding portion of this review, I’ll describe my impressions about their order execution, answer some reader questions, as well as relay some difficulties I’ve been having. Order […]

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Festival Of Stocks #13

Welcome to Festival of Stocks #13 at 1stMillionAt33.com. Thanks to all those who participated, and thanks to George at Fat Pitch Financials to give me this opportunity to host. To find out how to participate and host this carnival event, go to the home page of Festival of Stocks. If you’re on my site for […]

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An Update On The $600k Home

After many thoughts about this home, the sticking point has really been the second-rated school district (but still better than probably 85% of the schools in California). Despite that the performance of a school district changes year from year, I just can’t make myself commit to it. However, one really positive point about that home […]

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Test Driving Zecco

You probably have heard about Zecco already. The name stands for ZEro Cost Commission. True to their word, they offer zero commission internet trading for stocks and ETFs, for both market and limit orders as long as the account balance is above $2000. There is a limit the number of trades but it’s a more […]

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A Great Carnival This Week!

Here are all the great money/finance carnivals featuring 1stM@33 submissions. Please visit them for more good readings. Carnival of Frugality #53 Festival of Stocks #15 Carnival of Personal Finance #79 Carnival of Investing #53 Yeah! Shame on me! Although I submitted to various carnivals, I have been simply too busy AND lazy to write up […]

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Why I Bought Gold Back In 2002

This is a holiday season, and a perfect time for me to divulge an investing secret that I don’t like to share with too many people. Only the ardent followers of my site will get to read it. Do you know why I bought gold back in 2002 for $305? Was I really that smart, […]

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A Dash Of Pink For Your Portfolio

Random Roger wrote about the Vietnam opportunity fund last week. Vietnam was in the news recently because of the failed trade bill on the eve of the APEC summit. In spite of that, Vietnam is due to become the newest member of the WTO next year while it’s doing to China what China has done […]

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The Commercial and Vix Fear Index

VIX Background The Volatility Index (VIX) was created by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) in 1993; according to the CBOE, the ‘VIX measures market expectation of near term volatility conveyed by index option prices of the S&P 500. In 2004 VIX futures were made available for trading providing investors with a unique opportunity to […]

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