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Do You Need International Bonds In Your Portfolio?

Bonds are supposed to provide both income and stability in your portfolio. International bonds, especially Emerging Markets bonds, are becoming more popular. But do you need them in your portfolio? Respected author/money manager William … [Read the rest]

Australian “Social Security” to Raise Retirement Age to 70 by 2035

The current "full" retirement age for Social Security is 66, although you have the option to start taking benefits at a permanently reduced rate at age 62 (did you know that over 35% of people take this permanent ~25% cut in benefits!). The full … [Read the rest]

Capital One 360 Financial Independence Day Promo 2014

Capital One 360 is running their annual Financial Independence Day promotion, with what is traditionally the best bonus of the year for their 360 Savings and 360 Checking accounts. (Formerly known as ING Direct.) These online bank accounts offer no … [Read the rest]

Expedia $50 off $200 Coupon Code

Expedia has a 4th of July promotion where if you use their mobile app you can get $50 off a $200 hotel booking. That's up to 25% off. Pretty simple... go to link, enter mobile phone number, receive both unique coupon code and mobile app download … [Read the rest]

Amazon App Store: Over $100 in Paid Apps Free 6/27 6/28 Only

If you have an Android phone or tablet, check out this Amazon App Store promotion which has a bunch of paid apps for free, Friday and Saturday only. As usual, I just grab whatever looks good now while it is free and then later delete the ones I … [Read the rest]

Baby!

Update: There is now a 2-way tie for the most beautiful girl in the world. As we welcome our newest addition, posting will be lighter than usual for the next couple of weeks (years? decades?). Looks like early retirement might have to be pushed … [Read the rest]

Applying for Multiple Bank Accounts: Can You Apply For Too Many?

Updated. If you open multiple bank accounts in order to take advantage of higher interest rates or sign-up bonuses, you may be concerned about any potential consequences from all that activity. In my experience, there are two main factors to be … [Read the rest]

Cash Reserves & Best Interest Rates Update – June 2014

Our family keeps a full year of expenses put aside in cash reserves; it provides us with financial stability with the additional side benefits of lower stress and less concern about stock market gyrations. Emergency funds can actually have a better … [Read the rest]

Reader Story: Early Retirement by Age 40 with Income-Focused Portfolio

The following is a guest post contributed by reader Bob, who started getting serious about financial freedom about 10 years ago and plans to reach early retirement next year at age 40. Thanks Bob for candidly sharing about your personal experiences … [Read the rest]

Infographic: Economic Mobility Based On Income and Geography

Infographic creation site Infogr.am recently gave the Best Data Story award (Data Journalism Awards 2014) to the interactive article In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters from the New York Times. Sometimes NYT articles have such a clean … [Read the rest]

The Largest Consumer of Electricity In US Homes Besides A/C Is…

Most people will guess that the heater and/or air conditioner is the biggest source of electricity usage in the average home. But what about the second-largest? The HD DVR Cable Box, at least according to the LA Times (what about water … [Read the rest]

Prosper vs. LendingClub Investor Returns 19.5 Month Update

In November 2012, I invested $10,000 into person-to-person loans split evenly between Prosper Lending and Lending Club, looking for high returns from a new asset class. After diligently reinvesting my earned interest into new loans, I stopped my … [Read the rest]

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