Unexpectedly Intriguing!
January 11, 2007

We're always busy here at Political Calculations, so things like keeping our User's Guide as up-to-date as possible often fall by the wayside. Until now, that is! We're finally in the process of logging all the tools we've created since November 2006 into the various categories of the User's Guide, but in the meantime - here's a preview of where you'll be able to find them!

User's Guide Updates - January 2007
Category Tool Description
Debt Management Paying Your Loan Off Early The easiest way to pay a loan off early is to increase the amount of your regular payment. Our tool works out how much time you can save for a higher payment amount.
Debt Management Chopping Time Off Your Loan Are you looking to pay your loan off early? Our tool can help you figure out how much you need to increase your regular payment to meet your schedule.
Do-It Yourself Economics! Mapping Inflation Extremes Since 1913 The best and worst in U.S. inflation for any given length of time.
Do-It Yourself Economics! Odds of Recession and Bond Yield Spreads What kind of spread between the 3-month and 10-year U.S. Treasury does there need to be to have a 70% chance of recession occurring in the next year? Our tool reverse-engineers the results of our Reckoning the Odds of Recession tool to find out!
The Junk Drawer Converting Amazon Ranks to Book Sales If your book is ranked 100,289 by Amazon.com, how many books are you actually selling? Our tool takes a stab at finding your book sales.
The Junk Drawer "Fighting Malaria with Math" Malaria is a true scourge in much of the undeveloped corners of the world. Our tool models the link between the proportion of people infected and the rate by which mosquito bites contribute to the spread of the condition.
The Junk Drawer Should You Keep Your New Year's Resolution? No matter how far into the year that it is, our tool will help you decide if you should keep or weasel out of what you resolved on New Year's Eve!
The Stock Market The S&P 500 at Your Fingertips Our second anniversary tool that finds the actual and inflation-adjusted rate of return for investments made in the stock market index for each month from January 1871 to the most recent months for which we have complete data! Our tool also considers the reinvestment of dividends!
Taxing Matters Your 2007 Paycheck How much will be left in your paycheck after Uncle Sam gets his dirty, stinking ape paws all over it? Our tool shows you your bottom line for 2007!

At this rate, we might even finally fix our "Most Popular" posts sometime in the foreseeable future!

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