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What If You Invested $10,000 Every Year For the Last 10 Years? 2008-2017 Edition

Instead of just looking at one year of returns, here's an annual exercise that helps you look at the bigger picture. You may know the 10-year historical return of the S&P 500, but most of us didn't just invest a big lump sum of money a decade ago, … [Read the rest]

Best Interest Rates on Cash – January 2018

Short-term interest rates are rising. Megabanks make billions by pay you nothing for your idle cash. Here is my monthly roundup of the best safe rates available, roughly sorted from shortest to longest maturities. Check out my Ultimate … [Read the rest]

Navy Federal Credit Union 0% APR No Balance Transfer Fee Promotion

Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) has a limited-time promotion where both new and existing NFCU credit cardholders can get 0% intro APR on balance transfers for 12 months. You must transfer a non-Navy Federal credit card balance before February 28, … [Read the rest]

S&P 500 Monthly Total Returns 1990-2017: First 14-Month Win Streak

I mentioned in my 2017 asset class roundup that the S&P 500 went up every single month in 2017 and how that was the first time that had ever happened. According to the WSJ Daily Shot, the S&P 500 is actually on a 14-month positive streak. Here's a … [Read the rest]

Discounted Apple iPhone $29 Battery Replacement: Available Now

In case you missed it, Apple disclosed that their operating system slows down the phone in some cases if the battery gets too old. As part of their official explanation and apology, Apple has reduced the price of a OEM battery replacement to $29, … [Read the rest]

Healthywage Review: Bet on Yourself, Get Paid To Lose Weight

It's that time of year, and since I eventually lost 50 pounds with the help of this and other weight-loss betting sites (and have kept it off since), and I wanted to share my experiences including both positive and negative aspects. After reading … [Read the rest]

DietBet Review: Using Money To Motivate You To Lose Weight

It's that time of year, and since I eventually lost 50 pounds with the help of this and other weight-loss betting sites (and have kept it off since), and I wanted to share my experiences including both positive and negative aspects. DietBet.com … [Read the rest]

Investment Returns By Asset Class, 2017 Year-End Review

Happy New Year! As the markets have closed for the last time in 2017, it's time for a year-end review. While I do rebalance my portfolio quarterly, I only dig into performance numbers once a year. That's a big change from a decade ago, when I … [Read the rest]

New Tax Bill: Pay State and Property Taxes By End of 2017

The new tax bill that takes effect in 2018 raises the standard deduction and caps certain itemized deductions. Therefore, if you will itemize your deduction in 2017, you may want to grab whatever you can this year to get the full value of those … [Read the rest]

qara.info Portfolio Asset Allocation, 2017 Year-End Update

Here is a year-end update on my investment portfolio holdings for 2017. This is my last-minute checkup in case I need to rebalance to make another other tax-related moves. This includes tax-deferred 401k/403b/IRAs and taxable brokerage holdings, … [Read the rest]

529 Plans Will Allow Private School K-12 Tax-Free Withdrawals

Starting in 2018, qualified educational expenses for 529 plans will include up to $10,000 a year in tuition and expenses for primary and secondary school expenses (public, private, or religious). Previously, you could only use it towards qualified … [Read the rest]

Blue Cash Preferred from American Express Review: 6% Cash Back on Groceries

The Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express is a cash back rewards card with a unique feature that still hasn't been copied by competitors: 6% cash back at US stand-alone supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases. If you spend $65 a … [Read the rest]

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