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Are you financially better off than you were this time last year?

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Considering my mutual fund stocks are down more than 50% purchase value, with no expectation of them recovering anytime soon, I would have to say, no, I am not financially better off this year compared to last.

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Thankfully my annual salary has continued to rise during my 8 years of work at my company, so yes, I'm better off this year than last.

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only because working more

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Financially better off but not because of investments or a higher salary, simply from being more frugal.

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401K's are down but that just means I can buy more with less...it's only a loss on paper until you sell. Eventually thing will go back up and I'll have much more than before...

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Nope...a company in the toilet gives bonuses that are laughable...

The only way I am better off is due to my rich family. And, I have my health!

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Savings - up

Investments - about even

Employment income - stagnant

Freelance income - definitely up

All in all, not a bad year.

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HAHAHAHAHA no! and we're heading for another great depression next yr, don't trust governments they're lying to us.

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After 3/11 work more or less dried up for a few months, only reviving around the end of summer - total income for the year down around 25%. Extra outgoings to replace/repair stuff that was damaged/broken ate into savings. All told a terrible year financially. But like namabiru4me, we all have our health. And we're not living in a shelter/temporary housing, so I'm not complaining. Not too loudly, anyway.

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Worse off, by about 20%.

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Yes most definitely! Along with my annual pay raise and my promotion to a much higher paying job within my organization, it's great year. Oh plus I just got the winter bonus which just topped things off... Most of it will go towards buying a house next year and moving to a better location.

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tiger - Omedetou. Give generously, willya?

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Serrano, yes I give generously whenever I can but have noticed people are less appreciative and stingy. Also the greedy govt and TEMPCO should give more to the people. Help the people affected by Fukushima at once!!!.

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Things are a bit better, but only because my personal circumstances have improved, earnings are about the same.

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Despite Obama trying to ruin the world economy and bringing us to the brink of socialism, I am better off than last year. I will not let Obama's repeated tax hikes and anti-capitalist agenda stop me.

oops, let one slip eh?

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About the same, but this mid-70's yen rate sure isn't helping.

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Despite Obama trying to ruin the world economy and bringing us to the brink of socialism, I am better off than last year. I will not let Obama's repeated tax hikes and anti-capitalist agenda stop me.

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