As featured in The Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, and more!

Cash Decreasing

This article was written by in Money Management. 4 comments.

January has been a tough month. My available cash has been decreasing and my investments didn’t do too well. Read the rest of the article to see the chart. I came out ahead, but barely, even taking into account the fact I was snowed in one weekend and didn’t go out and I was sick for a total of seven days at different times throughout the month.

Happy February!

Update: I should have waited until the end of the day for posting my report rather than doing so right after midnight. I had other expenses and interest to include, and my investments have a different value after a better day in the market. The chart below is now updated.

Updated March 5, 2014 and originally published February 1, 2005. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

Email Email Print Print
About the author

Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .


avatar Luke Landes

I posted this without accounting for interest in my ING Direct accounts, so I’ll have to update the chart later tonight.

avatar Asset Manager

January was a tough month for me too although yesterday I got some advice from an investment manager and they are going to help me out. Here’s hoping that in February I’ll see a vast improvement.

avatar Jonathan

I am assuming that the snapshot is from Quicken 2005? How do you like it so far? Have you finished switching over from Money? I’m considering getting either Money or Quicken with my tax software this year.

As for January, I am trying to see it as an opportunity to dollar cost average.

avatar Luke Landes


I switched from Money 2003 to Quicken 2005. Unfortunately there’s no way to import directly from Money to Quicken so I still use Money for historical information and Quicken only for information over the current year. My Money file goes back to 2002 and it would be too much of a project to re-enter all of the transactions.

Thus some calculations in Quicken, like cost basis for my investments, are off.

I’m happy with the program and glad I made the switch.