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Swensen Portfolio 10-Year Total Returns: Low-Cost Diversified ETF Portfolio Results

Last week, I shared a chart that showed how a diversified portfolio that was rebalanced regularly still managed to nearly double in value over the last decade. Here's another similar finding based on the David Swensen portfolio as compiled by an … [Read the rest]

Get Out Of Sprint Cell Phone Contract, Avoid Early Termination Fee (August/September 2011)

If you are under a Sprint cell phone contract and want to get out of it without paying the steep Early Termination Fee (ETF), check your statements with a billing date in August. Look for the following text: Administrative Charge Increase & … [Read the rest]

Make Money Bidding on Self Storage Auctions?

Self-storage unit auctions have been getting increased attention to two new reality TV shows, Storage Wars and Auction Hunters. The premise is simple. If someone pays to have their stuff stored there, but stops paying the rent, the storage company … [Read the rest]

Wells Fargo, Chase Bank Testing Monthly Fees for Debit Card Usage

The fees are coming! Since February, Chase Bank has been testing out a monthly fee for anyone who uses their ATM debit card for purchases in areas of Northern Wisconsin. Regions Bank and Suntrust have added fees as well. Per this CNN Money article, … [Read the rest]

Buy, Hold, and Rebalance! How Patient Investors Still Quietly Grow Their Money

There is a lot of uncertainty in investing, and it always seems like especially now. Buy and hold has been called dead many times. However, if you look carefully, you'll find that there are many people who have quietly grown their portfolio over … [Read the rest]

Mortgage Comparison: 30-Year at 4.75% vs. 15-Year at 3.75%

After the interest rate drama last week, I managed to lock in a refinance of my current 30-year mortgage (with 26 years left) which had a 4.75% fixed rate into a new 15-year mortgage at a 3.875% fixed rate. You'll probably see lower rates in ads and … [Read the rest]

$300 in Gift Cards or $399 towards Airfare or Hotel from Citi ThankYou Premier Card

The Citi ThankYou Premier Card currently offers 30,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $2,000 in purchases within 3 months of account opening. That is enough to redeem for $300 in gift cards at stores including Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, and CVS … [Read the rest]

TradeKing Broker: Free Stock Trades on 8/12

Discount stock broker TradeKing.com will be offering their customers free trades for all of Friday, 8/12/11: In appreciation of your business, this Friday we’ll be offering a special free trade day for all clients. Any trades placed throughout the … [Read the rest]

3.25% APY Savings Account – Deposit Limits, Ohio Residents Only

Reader Alison shares a unique savings account program for residents of Ohio. The SaveNOW program is a higher interest savings account supported by the state in order to encourage savings. The maximum balance on this account is $5,000 and pays … [Read the rest]

Buying Discounted Gift Cards Just Before Purchase

Now that there is a secondary market for gift cards, you can also buy gift cards at a discount to face value and use them at your preferred retailer. Better yet, you can combine them with whatever coupon or sale is already going on. A good use is for … [Read the rest]

Some Reluctant Market Commentary From a Simple Investor

After major stock market movements, sometimes I get asked to throw out my own commentary. Now, obviously I am not a market expert and CNBC doesn't ever ring me up for interviews to argue with another talking head. There are also plenty of … [Read the rest]

Two Movie Tickets For $4 Each – Sprint Promo

Sprint has some sort of group-buying promotion called Sprint Ticket Takedown (expired) where the more people register their e-mail and cell number, the lower the price of a movie ticket you can get from either Fandango or MovieTickets.com. You can … [Read the rest]

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