Unexpectedly Intriguing!
30 May 2006

As the pioneer (okay, if somebody started doing it before us, we don't know about it!) in bringing web-based calculation tools to the blogosphere, we here at Political Calculations always keep an eye out for other tools developed in other places. Today, we'll drop in on some tools brought to life at other blogs! First up, MyMoneyBlog, which featured the following tools in recent months:

28 Day Treasury Bill APY Calculator

This is a neat tool that estimates your annual percentage yield (APY) from the U.S. 28-day T-bill, taking into account how they actually work (you can't roll-over the entire value of a T-bill after it comes due into a new 28-day T-bill, but you can direct the excess proceeds to an interest-bearing bank account.) It's a very specialized type of investing math that only applies in a unique situation - and it's exactly the kind of application that makes more sense to post in the context of a blog than it does anywhere else.

Rate Chaser Calculator

The only tool I've ever seen that considers how long your investing money is out of action when moving it from an account earning a lower rate of return to a higher one!

Meanwhile, Nathan Whitehead's Paranoid Brain has been at work in developing some pretty interesting tools (or "toys" in paranoid parlance!) Here's a quick sampling of tools posted since we previously noted Nathan's work:

Geometric Arithmetic Mean Converter Calculator

Great fun for statistics fans! The only tool I've encountered that points to the difference between geometric and arithmetic mean, then approximates it!

Funding Your Emergency Fund

The first step to weathering a potential financial crisis is planning for it - Nathan's tool for determining how long it will take to set aside a certain number of months of your income is an essential part of that exercise and is therefore one of the better personal finance tools I've come across.

Kelly Formula Calculator

Are you a gambler? Want to determine the optimal size for your bets? This tool is for you!

Investing is Less Risky Than I Thought

Want to see the likely range of your investment return in a diversified portfolio over various time intervals, given the average rate of return you have plus its standard deviation? A Political Calculations' Gold Standard tool for its combination of simple user-interface and high information return! (And, we might add, only the second tool to which we've ever awarded the designation!)

Investing is More Risky Than You Think

Just in case you thought "Paranoid Brain" was just a catch-phrase! This tool was posted on the same day as Nathan's "Less Risky" calculator, but much earlier! This tool uses a different statistical distribution which applies to the returns of a single stock rather than those of a diversified portfolio of stocks. Be sure to read through Nathan's discussion where he catches his initial error!

About Political Calculations

Welcome to the blogosphere's toolchest! Here, unlike other blogs dedicated to analyzing current events, we create easy-to-use, simple tools to do the math related to them so you can get in on the action too! If you would like to learn more about these tools, or if you would like to contribute ideas to develop for this blog, please e-mail us at:

ironman at politicalcalculations.com

Thanks in advance!

Recent Posts

Stock Charts and News

Most Popular Posts
Quick Index

Site Data

This site is primarily powered by:

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

CSS Validation

Valid CSS!

RSS Site Feed

AddThis Feed Button


The tools on this site are built using JavaScript. If you would like to learn more, one of the best free resources on the web is available at W3Schools.com.

Other Cool Resources

Blog Roll

Market Links

Useful Election Data
Charities We Support
Shopping Guides
Recommended Reading
Recently Shopped

Seeking Alpha Certified

Legal Disclaimer

Materials on this website are published by Political Calculations to provide visitors with free information and insights regarding the incentives created by the laws and policies described. However, this website is not designed for the purpose of providing legal, medical or financial advice to individuals. Visitors should not rely upon information on this website as a substitute for personal legal, medical or financial advice. While we make every effort to provide accurate website information, laws can change and inaccuracies happen despite our best efforts. If you have an individual problem, you should seek advice from a licensed professional in your state, i.e., by a competent authority with specialized knowledge who can apply it to the particular circumstances of your case.