$50 From Wells Fargo, 5.65% APY 4-Month CD

Wells Fargo Bank is offering a $50 bonus for opening a checking account with them. Note that they do perform a hard credit check. Their checking account rules vary by state, but I think most have one that is free with direct deposit. You can … [Read the rest]

Weekend Roundup: Open Portfolios, New ETFs, Old Jobs, and More

As I catch up on my feed reader, here are some posts from other bloggers that I found interesting: The Digerati Lifeshares her latest portfolio update. I love open portfolios, I don't know why. Lazy Man has left his job, and his wife explains … [Read the rest]

Signup Bonuses: $100 From LaSalle Bank, $50 From NewBank

LaSalle Bank (now owned by Bank of America) is offering a $100 bonus for opening a checking account, savings account, and using the debit card once. Likes like you need $250 for the checking and $100 for the savings. Keep the minimum amount in … [Read the rest]

Building My Portfolio: Efficient Frontier and Modern Portfolio Theory

Building upon the idea of investing in broad markets, next up is Modern Portfolio Theory. This is another advanced topic that entire careers can be built around, but here is my attempt to explain it in one quick digestible chunk. Risk vs. … [Read the rest]

We Got Pre-Qualified For A Mortgage, And It Was Shocking!

We decided to sit down with a mortgage broker and get officially pre-qualified for a mortgage. Actually "officially pre-qualified" is an oxymoron because the whole process only involved a legal pad and a calculator. The following is just our … [Read the rest]

Discover Card Holiday Mall Promotion: 10% Back + $100 Loophole?

The Holiday SeasonTM seems to start earlier every year. Discover Card has already announced their 2007 Holiday Mall Promotion, which essentially give you $20 back for every $200 that you spend at limited mall locations: Head to one of over 160 … [Read the rest]

Building My Portfolio: Consider Simply Buying The Entire Market

In Part 1 of this series, I talked about basing investing decisions on what I feel is most likely to persist in the future. This is another "big picture" post. We invest our money because we want to do something besides just sit there. We want … [Read the rest]

Building My Portfolio: Disclaimer and General Philosophy

I am starting a new series of posts that describes how I will reconstruct my current investment portfolio from scratch, from general theory to the actual purchasing of specific mutual funds. Here I want to reiterate the point of this blog - This is … [Read the rest]

10 Reasons You Should Never Pay Off Your Mortgage

A mortgage broker I was introduced to recently just sent me this article on 10 Great Reasons to Carry a Big, Long Mortgage by Ric Edelman. Apparently Mr. Edelman is the expert to be quoted on this subject, as I've heard his name associated with this … [Read the rest]

Checking Account Bonuses: $125 From Chase, $100 From Bank of America

Here are some good potential bonuses for new customers: Bank of America is offering a $100 bonus for opening a new personal checking account with them. Not available to existing checking account holders. To receive your $100, apply online or … [Read the rest]

Two Types Of Home Sellers: Which One Is Better?

Here's an observation that may not be true in all areas, but one that I've seen consistently. When a home is for sale, there seems to be two schools of thought: Price it high, and hold out for a sucker Here the idea is that all you really need … [Read the rest]

Effect Of Credit Score On Mortgage Rates and Monthly Payments

Did you know that 58% of people have FICO scores over 700? Here is the distribution, taken from myFICO.com: Although one's credit score is only one of the criteria for getting the lowest rate on a mortgage, and every lender has their own unique … [Read the rest]

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