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The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN

The Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN is an upscale-oriented charge card for small businesses where you must pay off the balance each month, but you get the famous AMEX perks like purchase price protection, extended product … [Read the rest]

American Express Sync + Xbox Promotion

Here is another American Express Sync promotion if you sync your AmEx card with your Xbox LIVE Gamertag on Xbox 360. Visit to register. At the very minimum, you'll get $10 for registering your card at, with more lucrative … [Read the rest]

2013 401k, 403b, 457, TSP Contribution Limit Increases – Historical Chart

The IRS recently announced increased contribution limits for various qualified retirement plans for tax year 2013. The limitations are indexed to increases in cost-of-living (inflation) as per section 415 of the tax code. In particular, the … [Read the rest]

2013 IRA Contribution Limit Increases – Historical Chart

The IRS recently announced the Traditional and Roth IRA contribution limits for tax year 2013. The limitations are indexed to inflation, but only in $500 increments (as of 2010) which are triggered when the cost-of-living calculation reaches a … [Read the rest]

ING Direct’s New Name: Capital One 360

ING Direct announced to customers last week that they would soon change their name to Capital One 360, effective February 2013. Goodbye big orange ball, you were the first no-frills savings account that paid high interest by piggybacking on regular … [Read the rest]

Beating the Market: Investment Skill, or Luck?

One of the eternal questions in investing is whether performance results are due to skill or luck. We'll probably never get a universally-accepted answer, but Michael Mauboussin (chief investment strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management) explores … [Read the rest]

Chase Ink Bold & Plus: Free Airport Lounge Access Details

I've already written about the Ink Plus® Business Card (review) previously - which has a great 60,000 point bonus worth $725 towards any travel, good Ultimate Rewards structure and redemption options, and the first year annual fee is waived. If you … [Read the rest]

Prosper: Best Search Filters for Automated Quick Invest

(This post is for investors and lenders. If you need a loan or debt consolidation, check out my LendingClub vs. Prosper comparison for borrowers.) As part of my new Beat-the-Market Experiment, I have dedicated $5,000 to Prosper. As a quick recap, … [Read the rest]

Home Depot LED Christmas Light Trade-In Details

Last year, we debated how much money do LED Christmas lights really save?, where I suggested that since the electricity savings were on the order of $1 per year per 100-light strand, it wasn't really worth throwing away perfectly good incandescent … [Read the rest]

Ask the Readers: Portfolio Advice for a World Traveler

One of my online friends, Nomadic Matt, approached me for some investing advice. Matt changed his career path and now travels around the world and writes about it for a living. Not a bad gig, eh? Matt and I had a short chat about his goals … [Read the rest]

CouponTrade Promo Codes – $5 off $50, 5% Off, Waived Listing Fee

Updated with new 5% off code. is another marketplace for unused gift cards. You can buy gift cards from other individuals at a discount from face value, or you can sell your gift cards (partial balances okay) at a price that you name … [Read the rest]

Recent Investment Returns By Asset Class – October 2012

Here is my monthly update of the trailing total returns for the major asset classes that I find useful. I am using passive ETFs to track asset classes, as they represent "real" investments that you can buy and sell. Return data was taken after … [Read the rest]

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