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Wells Fargo Lowers Requirements for Free Stock Trades

Wells Fargo is now offering 100 free online trades per year if you have $25,000 in brokerage equity, loan balances, or deposits with them (down from $250,000). This seems to be in direct response to Bank of America's Free Trade program, which … [Read the rest]

Instant Business Idea: Sell Seasonal Gift Baskets From Your Driveway

There's always a lot of interest for home-based businesses with flexible hours. (Why wouldn't there be?) Here's one unique example that I drove past today on a busy local street: In case you can't make out the sign, it says "Valentine's … [Read the rest]

Do You Make A Six Figure Salary? Share Your Story.

Even though the $100,000+ salary club gets less exclusive each year with inflation, it is still considered by many to be a sign of success. According to reports, only about 5% of workers nationwide make six figures. Although it is by no means … [Read the rest]

5 Romantic Yet Money-Saving Ideas For Valentine’s Day

I'm no Casanova by any stretch of the imagination, but I have managed to navigate and survive my share of Valentine's Days so far. Some were extravagant, some were very simple, but they were all great. Here are five tips from my own experiences, … [Read the rest]

Etrade Bank Complete Savings $25 Opening Bonus

ETrade is offering a $25 bonus for opening a Complete Savings account with at least $1. It is currently paying 5.05% APY with no minimum balance and no account fees. For more information, see my E-Trade Bank Complete Savings Feature Review. … [Read the rest]

World’s Assets By Geographic Area

Ever wonder how the world's liquid, investable assets are currently broken down by geographic area? This is based on market capitalization as calculated by the MSCI Global Capital Markets Index. The United States by itself is approximately … [Read the rest]

My Favorite Business Rewards Credit Cards

I've written about my favorite rewards cards already, but someone asked about my favorite business cards. On top of the extra rewards, I like these because they can also help you track and separate your business expenses. Remember, individuals can … [Read the rest]

PayPal Promotion: $15 Off Any $30 Purchase

PayPal is offering a $15 rebate on any single purchase of $30 or more between February 8 and March 31. Valid anywhere PayPal is accepted in the U.S. and Canada, including eBay. You must register your primary e-mail here first. I always buy my … [Read the rest]

Fidelity MyPlan: Should Good Savers Invest Less Aggressively?

Fidelity has a new tool called the myPlan retirement calculator. It's very soothing and is only 5 questions long, why not give it a whirl? What I like about it is that it doesn't just deal with average numbers. People like to use round numbers … [Read the rest]

Free 24 Minutes of Skype for Chinese New Year

Right now Skype is giving out 24 free minutes of calling in celebration of Chinese New Year. Yes, it's only worth 50 cents. But I'd pick up two quarters off the street any day. Kung Hei Fat Choi! … [Read the rest]

February 2007 Investment Portfolio Snapshot

It's time for another bi-monthly update on my investment portfolio.   Retirement Portfolio Fund $ % FSTMX - Fidelity Total Stock Market Index Fund $11,212 15% VIVAX - Vanguard [Large-Cap] Value … [Read the rest]

4 More Ways To Get A Free Credit Report

I think the media in general has been pretty successful about promoting, the official government-mandated source of free credit reports. I checked all mine last March. But what happens when it hasn't been 12 months yet but … [Read the rest]