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Chase Bank $125 New Checking Bonus In-Branch or Online

Chase Bank is offering a $125 bonus for new customers if you open a new Total Checking account with $100 and set up direct deposit within 60 days of account opening. They state that the direct deposit must be "an electronic deposit from your … [Read the rest]

Vanguard Lowers Fees and Improves My Portfolio Performance Again, Offers More Admiral Shares

Last week, Vanguard officially announced the addition of the Admiral share class to six of their existing index funds. Admiral shares have a higher minimum investment amount ($10,000 for those listed below) than the usual Investor shares ($3,000 … [Read the rest]

Free Southwest Airlines Points For Email Sign-Up, Watching Video

Southwest Airlines is offering 500 Rapid Rewards points if you sign up for their e-mail subscriptions for a monthly statement and deals newsletters. Relatively easy, and if you're already signed up, try unsubscribing for a day or two and then signing … [Read the rest]

Pay Your Mortgage, Insurance, and Utility Bills With Credit Cards – Western Union Speedpay

I was paying some bills online and noticed that my electricity bill had a new option for paying via a credit card through something called Western Union Speedpay. I'm not sure if this is universal, but for my utility company it accepted MasterCard, … [Read the rest]

Why Emergency Funds Can Provide The Best Return On Investment

Many recent articles and surveys have illustrated how many American are basically living paycheck-to-paycheck, with no significant savings cushion: Most Americans can't afford a $1,000 emergency expense - "A majority, or 64%, of Americans don't … [Read the rest]

Build A Complete Stock Portfolio With Just Two ETFs: Vanguard Total US (VTI) and Total International (VXUS)

If you are constructing your own portfolio and like the idea of low-cost, passively-managed index funds, you should definitely be aware that just two ETFs that can provide you diversified exposure to stocks worldwide and all at rock-bottom fees. … [Read the rest]

15-Year Mortgage Refinance Experience and Thoughts 2011

Over the weekend, we signed the closing documents for our refinancing into a 15-year fixed rate loan. It's hard to believe that less than four years ago we bought our first house with a 30-year loan at around 6%. Thanks to additional principal … [Read the rest]

Vanguard Allows Same-Day Trades With Bank Transfer Funding

If you have an account with Vanguard, you may have noticed them rolling out improvements to their online interface this month. If not, try logging in and see if you notice anything different. Today, I received an e-mail that they are also … [Read the rest]

CreditSesame: Would You Like Me More If I Showed You My Credit Score?

CreditSesame just launched a "credit badge" that is intended for random folks on the internet to show how big their... I mean how high their credit score is. Instead of wearing Armani or driving a Porsche, I can show off my CreditSesame badge. It's … [Read the rest]

Free 9/20 Only: Incorporation & LLC Formation Service From MyCorporation

If you've been considering making your side venture a formal separate entity, MyCorporation is offering their LLC formation and incorporation filing services for free for one day only 9/20/11 until 11:59 PST with the coupon code MYFREE (regular price … [Read the rest]

Rising Rents, Flat Home Prices, and Owning REITs In My Portfolio

The NYT Economix blog points out that rents are rising again according to inflation data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The chart included doesn't have zero on the y-scale, but a value of 100 corresponds to rent from 1982-1984. Rents … [Read the rest]

Social Security, Ponzi Schemes, and Realistic Expectations

Recent political debates have brought up comparisons between Social Security and Ponzi schemes. (Have you read the book about the real Ponzi?) Even though seemingly every single economist on Earth has weighed in, this discussion has been around … [Read the rest]

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