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Poor Charlie’s Almanack: Wisdom of Charlie Munger – Book Review, Part 1

Charlie Munger is best known as the long-time friend and business partner of Warren Buffett, and officially as the Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. Even though he is Buffett's partner in investing, Munger is different in that he does not enjoy … [Read the rest]

Buffett on Charlie Munger: Work For Yourself An Hour Each Day

I've gotten to the part in The Snowball that involves Charlie Munger. A very interesting person, although perhaps not someone I'd like to have a beer with (I'd feel stupid), he is probably best known as Buffett's long-time friend, business … [Read the rest]

Look Inside the Target Date Retirement Funds in Your 401(k)

If you have a 401(k) plan or similar, then you most likely have a target-date mutual fund (TDF) as the default option. This is a direct result of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA). These funds contain some mix of stocks and bonds, and the … [Read the rest]

Zecco IRA Free Hammock Promotion

Here's a creative IRA promotion from my inbox. Zecco Trading will send you a free hammock if you open a new IRA between March 1st and April 17th, 2012 and maintain a $2,000 minimum account balance for 90 days after initial funding. Traditional, Roth, … [Read the rest]

TurboTax 2011 Review: My Experience and Comparison With TaxACT

I just finished filing my federal and state income tax returns (again) using TurboTax Deluxe Online edition. This is the 2nd part of my series comparing the three major tax preparation websites: TurboTax, TaxACT. You can see my TaxACT 2011 review … [Read the rest]

LendingClub 1099 Forms and Tax Reporting Questions

If you're a newer investor in Lending Club P2P notes, you may be wondering how to handle your investments at tax time. Will I get a 1099? Even if you do get a 1099, it might not cover all your loans. Unfortunately, the documentation provided by LC is … [Read the rest]

Vanguard Emerging Markets Fund (VEIEX) Drops Purchase Fee

Vanguard has announced that the Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index mutual fund (VEIEX) will no longer have a purchase and redemption fee of 0.25%, effectively immediately. Although not huge, this fee was rather annoying and a major reason for … [Read the rest]

CollegeAdvantage $50 Tax Refund Bonus Offer (Existing Customers)

The Ohio CollegeAdvantage 529 Plan has a new promotion for existing account holders linked to tax refund season. If you make a new one-time contribution of $3,000 or more by April 30th, they will give you a $50 bonus. The $50 bonus will be … [Read the rest]

TaxACT 2011 Review: My User Experience With Screenshots

According to my tax software poll, it appears that the vast majority of readers are using one of the "big 3" tax filing software: TurboTax, H&R Block At Home, or TaxACT. This matches industry-wide estimates; Did you know that H&R Block tried … [Read the rest]

Amazon Promos: Discover Free 1-Day Shipping, Amazon Mom Free 3-Month Trial

Here are a few promotions from Amazon that can save you some time and/or money. Amazon and Discover Card have teamed up to offer free 1-day shipping on select products (mostly electronics) if you use the promo code DSCVRSHP and buy with a Discover … [Read the rest]

Reading List: Low-Risk Investing, Free Accounting Software, Limited Willpower, Flexible Withdrawal Rates

I run across a lot of articles that may not merit an entire blog post but are worthy of sharing. Let me know if you like this format with short summaries or if you'd rather me just tweet links. Playing It Safe as a Long-Term Strategy For a … [Read the rest]

How To Maximize Your Appraisal During A Mortgage Refinance

During the housing boom, nobody worried about appraisals. If you put in a bid to purchase a house for $300,000, the appraisal was basically guaranteed to come out at $300,000 or above. Appraisers are hired by lenders, and back then lenders wanted … [Read the rest]

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