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P2P Lending Update: Prosper, Lending Club, Zopa, Loanio

There have been a lot of comings and goings in the person-to-person social lending arena, so here are some updates and opinions as a casual observer sprinkled in. Prosper Steps Away The first and biggest (by total outstanding loans) P2P lender, … [Read the rest]

New PineCone Research Signup Link (Paid Surveys)

PineCone Research remains one of the better paying and reliable survey companies, with a payout of $3 for each 15-20 minute survey. The hardest part is getting accepted, as they only accept applications intermittently. Thanks to reader Tom, here … [Read the rest]

Updates: Top Savings Account and CD Interest Rates

Given the recent drop in Fed interest rates, here is a quick update on the rates being paid on online savings accounts: HSBC Advance lowered its rate to 3.00% APY. Capital One 360 also recently lowered its rate to 0.75% APY. ($25 bonus) … [Read the rest]

Exploring Consumption Smoothing: An Alternative Path To Retirement Planning

I just finished reading the book Spend 'Til the End: The Revolutionary Guide to Raising Your Living Standard--Today and When You Retire by Burns and Kotlikoff. One of the main themes of the book is consumption smoothing, which is an economic theory … [Read the rest]

Suze Orman Parody – Saturday Night Live

If you've ever watched The Suze Orman Show, you might find this video as funny as any Fey/Palin skit. The impression is right on; I totally missed it when it first aired. Via a post by ddb on the Bogleheads forum. … [Read the rest]

150 Bonus American Airlines Miles Offer

You can grab a quick 150 American Airlines AAdvantage miles by visiting this website and watching a quick video about $300 Bose headphones. Earn another 350 miles if you stop by a Bose store and do a live demo. Expires 10/31/08. Posts in 6-8 weeks. … [Read the rest]

Weekend Reading: What If Warren Buffet Smoked Pot?

Okay, so I couldn't think of a good title... but think about it after reading these helpful articles. ;) I'm including some excerpts I like, but I would highly recommend reading each piece in its entirety. Good stuff. Warren Buffett: Buy … [Read the rest]

Portfolio Changes: Buying More TIPS Inflation-Protected Bonds

This past week, I made some minor tweaks to my investments. No, I didn't go all cash! Previously, I had set the bond portion of my portfolio to be 50% short-term Treasury bonds and 50% Treasury inflation-protected bonds (TIPS). I use the mutual … [Read the rest]

Savings I-Bonds Update: New Inflation Rate Announced

New inflation numbers are out, so it's time for the usual semi-annual update: New Inflation Rate March 2008 CPI-U was 213.528. September 2008 CPI-U was 218.783, for a semi-annual increase of 2.46%. Using this official formula, the variable … [Read the rest]

Reminder: Why Do We Bother Investing In The Stock Market?

These days, a lot of people are asking themselves this very question. For most, including myself, I have a unsatisfying answer: We don't save enough money. Think about it. If I had a billion dollars and my current lifestyle, I could … [Read the rest]

Free Tall Cappuccino + 15% Off at Barnes & Noble

Here is an e-mail coupon for a free Tall Cappucino at a Barnes & Noble Starbucks. There is also a coupon for 15% off one item. Expires 10/31/08. Via FW. Sadly, for me the main draw of this offer is that with a Starbucks drink I can actually … [Read the rest]

Your Own Financial Rescue Plan, Part 1: Adequate Cash Reserves

Well, the big boys are getting their rescue/bailout plan, but I guess ours got lost in the mail... So what should we do? I think that everyone should take a second look at their cash reserves. Do you have enough? What Job Security? These days, I … [Read the rest]

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