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Jan 17 2011

Top 10 List of Best Performing Funds of 2010

How did your investments do in 2010? If you invested in one of these Top 10 performing funds of 2010, you should have at least had one very bright spot.  If you are looking for advice and a few tips for 2011, here is a list of financial websites for great tips.  Many say you cannot chase performance but maybe you can learn from the past on this Top 10 list of top performing funds.

Gainers

Total return1

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Fund (type)

2010

4th Q

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ProShares Ultra Silver (AU)

173.6%

82.5%

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iPath ETN DJ- UBS Cotton A (CMD)

98.3%

47.4%

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B2B Internet Holdrs Trust (TK)

91.7%

24.3%

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PowerShares DB Silver (AU)

82.0%

41.7%

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UBS E-TRACS Silver Total Ret. (AU)

79.8%

39.9%

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ETFS Physical Silver Shares (AU)

79.7%

38.7%

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iShares Silver Trust (AU)

79.4%

38.6%

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Dynamic Gold & Prec. Metals I (AU)

73.4%

16.7%

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Direxion Mid Cap Bull 3X (DL)

69.8%

41.9%

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Direxion Small Cap Bull 3X (DL)

68.4%

53.1%

 

Where will you put your investment funds in 2011?

 

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Jan 11 2011

Top 10 Final College Football Rankings of 2010 Season

Do you think TCU could have beaten Auburn in the BCS National Championship game?  Both ended the season undefeated as Auburn defeated Oregon.  We will never know due to the inflexible BCS.  The championship was exciting and was determined by the best college football teams.   But we will always wonder about TCU.  Here are the final USA Today Top 10 rankings of the 2010 season.

Rank

Team (first-place votes)

Record

Points

Last week's ranking

1.

Auburn (56)

14-0

1,424

2

2.

TCU (1)

13-0

1,336

3

3.

Oregon

12-1

1,333

1

4.

Stanford

12-1

1,254

5

5.

Ohio State

12-1

1,197

6

6.

Oklahoma

12-2

1,096

8 (tie)

7.

Boise State

12-1

1,012

10

8. (tie)

LSU

11-2

1,007

12

8. (tie)

Wisconsin

11-2

1,007

4

10.

Oklahoma State

11-2

883

13

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Jan 10 2011

Top 10 Cars of the past Decade 2000 thru 2011

Category: Best List | Best of | top 10 listsThe List Ninja @ 23:59

Do you own one of the Top 10 cars of the past decade? At the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, a select group of journalists select the top car from the following finalists: Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Volt or Nissan Leaf.  The recent surge in hybrid and electric cars is starting to monopolize the headlines.

 Here are the Top 10 Cars of the Last Decade:

2011 – Chevrolet Volt

2010 – Ford Fusion Hybrid

2009 – Hyundai Genesis

2008 – Chevrolet Malibu

2007 – Saturn Aura

2006 – Honda Civic

2005 – Chrysler 300

2004 – Toyota Prius

2003 – Mini Cooper

2002 – Nissan Altima

2001 – Chrysler PT Cruiser

2000 – Ford Focus

Which of these will be the next long term dud like the Chrysler PT Cruiser?

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Jan 1 2011

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions

Category: Best List | Best of | new list | triviaThe List Ninja @ 17:21

Are you thinking about how to kick start your new year with a few resolutions?  According to several surveys and even a government website, we have compiled a list of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for you to consider. Whether you want to take a life changing trip or are going to exercise your way to great abs, the best way to achieve a goal is to make it specific and measurable and then tell all your friends.  Peer pressure is also good for support of your New Year’s resolutions.

Here are the most popular New Year’s resolutions:

·        Lose Weight

·        Quit Smoking

·        Drink less alcohol

·        Get a better education

·        Find a better job

·        Reduce and manage debt

·        Save more money

·        Take a vacation or trip

·        Volunteer to help others

·        Reduce, reuse, and recycle

Many of our New Year’s resolutions fall into one of these categories.  What will be your primary New Year’s resolution?

 

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Dec 29 2010

Top 10 Most Admired Women of 2010

Category: Best List | Best of | top 10 listsTy West @ 14:58

Which women made the Top 10 list of most admired women of 2010? The list of most admired men contained presidents and religious leaders – positions that historically have been held by men. The list of most admired women according to a USA Today Gallop poll contains some of the most powerful women in the world whether they are political, royal or power players in media.

Here are the Top 10 Most Admired Women of 2010:

1.     Hillary Rodham Clinton

2.     Sarah Palin

3.     Oprah Winfrey

4.     Michelle Obama

5.     Condoleezza Rice

6.     Queen Elizabeth

7.     Angelina Jolie

8.     Margaret Thatcher

9.     Aung San Suu Kyi  / Laura Bush

10.   Barbara Bush

Which of these women is the most surprising to make the list of Most Admired Women of 2010?

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Dec 29 2010

Top 10 Most Admired Men of 2010

Category: Best List | Best of | top 10 listsThe List Ninja @ 01:34

What does it take to be the most admired man in the world? Many believe being the President of the United States  is one of the hardest jobs that a person could ever have with over 5 billion critics second guessing your every move.   A recent USA Today Gallop Poll released their list of the Top 10 most admired men and among them are presidents, religious leaders and a CEO.

Here are the Top 10 Most Admired men of 2010:

1.       Barack Obama

2.       George W. Bush

3.       Bill Clinton

4.       Nelson Mandela

5.       Bill Gates

6.       Pope Benedict XVI

7.       Billy Graham

8.       Jimmy Carter

9.       Glenn Beck

10.   The Dalai Lama

Which of these men is the most surprising to make the list of Most Admired Men of 2010?

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Dec 24 2010

Top 10 Colleges that produce NFL players

Category: Best List | Best of | NFL | top 10 listsThe List Ninja @ 19:34

Which college or university sends the most players to the NFL?  Even though some of the best NFL quarterbacks and top NFL wide receivers came from smaller colleges, these Top 10 colleges significantly increase your chances of playing in the NFL according to team at Pro Football Reference.  Not many surprises other than the SEC being under represented.

1.     Notre Dame                        503

2.     USC – Southern Cal           437

3.     Ohio State               377

4.     Michigan                   331

5.     Penn State               324

6.     Nebraska                  311

7.     Oklahoma                296

8.     Tennessee                290

9.     Pittsburgh               278

10.   UCLA/LSU                 272

Where do think University of Florida will end on this list?

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Dec 18 2010

Top 10 Bodily Function Side Effects from Working Out

Category: Best List | Best of | top 10 listsThe List Ninja @ 00:01

Have you ever been at the gym working out to get in your daily exercise and have an embarrassing experience?  Here is a Top 10 List of possibly embarrassing bodily functions that occur when working out according to and article at Fitbie.  So as you are doing your exercises for a great butt and working those Abs to lose weight, be aware of what may happen in front of your workout partner.   

 

Here are the Top 10 crazy bodily functions that may occur during your next workout:

 

Passing Gas

Nothing interrupts finding your Zen like hearing a loud rip in yoga class—or trying to hold one in. It’s a bit embarrassing, but passing gas is actually quite common during yoga and other forms of core work, says Burron. Leg lifts, crunches, and other moves that target your belly and abs build pressure around your middle. Each time you contract the muscles around your internal organs, you up your chances of letting one loose.

Fix it: If this happens to you, rest assured that you’re not the first person to pass gas while doing Down Dog. However, to minimize the likelihood of cutting the cheese, stay clear of gassy foods such as dairy, beans, and broccoli.

Yawning

Nobody really knows for sure why we yawn, let alone why some people yawn excessively at the beginning of a workout. Researchers used to speculate that yawning helps increase oxygen flow to your brain. However, a University of Maryland study found that there’s no relation between yawning and breathing, largely discrediting this theory. Instead, yawning may be your body’s way of dealing with transitions, such as when you’re waking up, getting bored, or working out. “If you jump straight into a workout, your body is still adjusting to your change in breathing and blood vessel dilation. Yawning may be an indicator that you’re warming up,” says Alice Burron, MS, exercise physiologist and spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise.

Fix it: A little yawning at the start of exercise is nothing to worry about. However, excessive yawning could be a sign of an underlying heart and blood pressure issue and should be checked out by a doctor.

Runny Nose

While some people notice that their breathing clears up when they exercise, far more complain about having a runny nose. “Exercise stimulates the part of your nervous system that controls the secretion of your body’s glands—including the mucus glands in your nose,” explains William Reisacher, MD, director of the Allergy Center at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Running outside? That extra nasal drip may also be a reaction to pollen, the temperature, or outdoor humidity. In cold temperatures, your nose has to work harder at warming up the air, dilating your blood vessels and stimulating mucus production.

Fix it: To curb your leaky faucet, lighten up your routine or bring your workout indoors, suggests Dr. Reisacher.

Coregasm

Here’s some extra motivation to exercise: A number of women report having an orgasm—or “coregasm”—while working out. But not just any fitness routine can trigger the big-O. As the name suggests, coregasms most commonly happen during an intense core workout, which may explain the wait for the Ab Roller at the gym.

While any moderate physical activity can trigger the release of feel-good endorphins and increase your blood circulation, core workouts, in particular, target the same muscles that contract during orgasm. “When you’re doing Pilates or Kegel exercises, you’re working your PC and pelvic floor muscles,” says Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD, co-author of
The Orgasm Answer Guide. “It’s probable that feel-good feeling you get from contracting your muscles during core exercises can mimic those generated during genital-stimulated orgasms.”

Ear Popping

You’re not alone if your ears pop during your morning run or weightlifting routine. Ear popping occurs because your body tries to maintain equal pressure between the outside air and that inside your middle ear. When there’s a sudden shift in air pressure—say, when you’re ascending on a plane or diving into a pool—your body adjusts by moving air through your Eustachian tube, the part of your ear that connects your middle ear to the back of your nose. “The same thing happens each time your foot strikes the ground or you do a heavy lift,” says Dr. Reisacher. “Your body braces for impact and pressure is generated and transmitted to your ear.”

Fix it: Swallowing, yawning, and staying hydrated can help unplug your ears.

Hives

For some people, being “allergic to exercise” isn’t merely an excuse to stay on the couch. In very rare instances (less than 0.5 percent), working out can cause exercise-induced anaphylaxis, an allergic reaction that can lead to hives, flushing, and wheezing. Just a moderate bout of exercise can cause an episode, but most reactions need a food trigger as well.

“Exercise increases the permeability of your GI tract and lets more partially digested foods get into your circulation,” says Lawrence B. Schwartz, MD, PhD, chair of the division of rheumatology, asthma, and immunology at Virginia Commonwealth University. That’s why you might have a reaction that you might not otherwise have had from eating the food alone. The most common culprits: wheat and shrimp.

Fix it: If you know of a latent food allergy, be sure to avoid those foods at least 6 hours before you hit the gym, and carry an epinephrine pen with you. Taking a non-drowsy antihistamine like Claratin or Zyrtec also may help prevent an attack.

Heartburn

Mid-run you’re overcome by a burning pain in your chest. But don’t worry—it’s likely just an effect of your morning breakfast burrito.

Certain kinds of exercise, such as running or sit-ups, can push your stomach contents up into your esophagus, resulting in acid reflux and heartburn, says Edgar Achkar, MD, vice-chairman of the Digestive Disease Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. It makes sense, then, that the more jarring the exercise, the more likely you’ll feel the burn.

Fix it: Luckily, workout heartburn can be easily avoided. Stay away from dairy before you head to the gym and wait about 2 hours after every meal before hitting the pavement. If that doesn’t work, popping an antacid beforehand may help neutralize your stomach acid. But remember: If chest pain is ever intense or crushing, play it safe, stop exercising, and get help.

Cramps

Exercise cramps can occur for any number of reasons: electrolyte imbalances, dehydration, ill-fitting shoes. Typically you sweat out far more water than you ingest during exercise, which can alter your body’s mineral concentration. Potassium channels control muscle contraction, so any imbalance could cause your muscles to cramp up.

Fix it: To avoid an inopportune charley horse, try snacking on a banana (a good source of potassium) and remember to hydrate before exercising, says Burron, and to drink 8 ounces of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes during your workout.

Headache

Exercise can cause your heart and head to pound. As with yawning, no one knows for certain why exercise headaches happen, but researchers hypothesize that rigorous workouts cause the blood vessels inside your skull to dilate.

While anyone can experience an exercise-induced headache—some can last up to 2 days—this side effect is particularly common among men in their twenties. Part of this
may be due to the fact that men are more likely to lift weights and perform moves that can store tension in the upper back, which can lead to a pounding head.

Fix it: Still, a headache shouldn’t derail your workout routine. You most likely won’t get one from your daily jog, and warming up and staying hydrated go a pretty long way to prevent them, says Burron. Move your workout indoors during hot days, and pay particular attention to your breathing and form. If your headaches are persistent, talk to your doctor about using anti-inflammatory drugs such as indomethacin.

Incontinence

Find that your endorphin high gets dampened by, well, your wet shorts? About one in three American women has stress urinary incontinence, and running and other forms of more intense exercise can cause a leak at the most inopportune moment. While women can experience an episode at any point in their life, the likelihood of having an “incident” increases with age since pelvic muscles weaken over time and after pregnancy.

Fix it: To avoid this unintended side effect, try performing Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles or opt for a low intensity kind of workout, such as Pilates or yoga. There are also several types of surgery available to treat incontinence, so talk to your doctor about your options

Here is the link for the full story at Fitbie: Fitbie Fitness Tips

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Dec 16 2010

Top 10 Vehicles that Maintain Value for Resale after 5 years

Category: Best List | Best of | top 10 listsThe List Ninja @ 16:14

Getting new car or SUV soon?  Here is a list of the Top 10 Car, Truck and SUV models that hold their value after 5 years. Why should you care? More value means a better trade-in or resale on your next new ride.  On average, your car will be worth 34% of its initial value after 5 years. Many of the major manufacturers are here like Toyota, BMW and Lexus on this Top 10 list by Kelly Blue Book.

TOP 10 MODELS:

Honda CR-V 46.8%

Jeep Wrangler 45.2%

Toyota Tacoma 44.5%

BMW X5 44.4% (includes gas and diesel models together)

Lexus RX 43.0%

Audi A5 42.7

Toyota FJ Cruiser 42.0%

BMW X6 42.3%

Lexus GX 41.5%

Subaru Outback 41.3%

Where is Mercedes? Do you own one these models?

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Dec 12 2010

Top 10 Free Apple iPhone Apps for 2010

Category: Best List | Best of | facts | top 10 listsThe List Ninja @ 16:22

Have you ever wondered which Free Apple iPhone apps are the most popular?  With so many free iPhone apps, why would you even need to pay for an app?  The big surprise is that none of the Top 10 free apps are a good mix of games and social activities. All of the Top Paid apps were games.

Top 10 paid Apple iPhone apps:

·         Facebook

·         Angry Birds Lite

·         Words with Friends

·         Skype

·         Tap Tap Revenge

·         Weather Channel

·         Paper Toss

·         Bing

·         Rock Band

·         Talking Tom Cat

Which of these apps do you have on your iPhone?

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