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The Business Platinum Card from American Express: 75,000 Point Limited-Time Offer

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN is the premium AmEx business card with a variety of perks, including the best airline lounge access program (American Express now has their own Centurion lounges too). Right now, they are … [Read the rest]

Urbanr: Pay Rent With Credit Card – 1.5% Transaction Fee

Urbanr is an apartment rental website that allows renters to pay rent to landlords using a credit card. Urbanr accepts all Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit and debit cards. The 1.5% transaction fee can be paid by renter, paid by the owner, or … [Read the rest]

Principles by Ray Dalio – YouTube Summary For Short Attention Spans

Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio is a bestselling book by the billionaire investor and founder of Bridgewater Associates. The book outlines both his personal development and investment philosophies and has been on my reading list for a … [Read the rest]

Auto Insurance: How Much Will An Accident Claim Increase Your Premium?

Here's an infographic from that charts how much your annual auto insurance premium will go up after just one claim: Auto insurance companies portray themselves as friendly and forgiving in television commercials, but they are less … [Read the rest]

Non-Financial Retirement Planning: List 10 Retired Activities

Ever notice that every book on "How to Retire" is really just about how to accumulate a big pile of money? I'm currently in the middle of How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free by Ernie Zelinski, which contains absolutely nothing about mutual funds, … [Read the rest]

Completed Sample IRS Form 709 Gift Tax Return for 529 Superfunding / Front-Loading

Updated for 2018. Let's say you are fortunate enough to be able to make a large contribution to a 529 college savings plan, perhaps for your children or grandchildren. You read from multiple sources that you are able to contribute up to $75,000 at … [Read the rest]

Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Card Review

The Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card is the new co-branded card from Chase and the newly-merged Marriott/Starwood/Ritz-Carlton rewards program. The current bonus is 75,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points after spending $3,000 in 3 months. … [Read the rest]

Open University: UK-Based, Regionally US-Accredited Online Bachelor’s Degrees

If you are interested in online college education, definitely read How Open University Works: An Insider’s Perspective by Manoel Cortes Mendez. The Open University (OU) is a public, nonprofit UK university that was founded in 1969 with a focus on … [Read the rest]

Barron’s Best Stock Brokerage Rankings 2018

Barron's has released their 2018 online broker rankings. The considerations include trading experience/technology, usability, mobile trading, range of offerings, research tools, customer service, and cost. The Barron's list always comes from the … [Read the rest]

Best Interest Rates on Cash – May 2018

Interest rates are rising. Rate-chasing is becoming more worthwhile again. Here is my monthly roundup of the best safe rates available, roughly sorted from shortest to longest maturities. Check out my Ultimate Rate-Chaser Calculator to get an idea … [Read the rest]

Savings I Bonds May 2018 Interest Rate: 2.22% Inflation Rate, 0.30% Fixed Rate

Update 5/1/18. The fixed rate will be 0.30% for I bonds issued from May 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018. The variable inflation-indexed rate for this 6-month period will be 2.22% (as was predicted). The total rate on any specific bond is the sum … [Read the rest]

Tipping Chart: Low vs. Average vs. High Tipper Survey

Tipping. Everyone's got an opinion. The thing I hate most about tipping is the feeling of "I'm not doing this right". To better understand it, I read a book about tipping by a veteran waiter. There are now several "tipping guides", but I like … [Read the rest]

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