Evicted: Low-Income Tenants and Landlord Economics in Milwaukee

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond follows eight different families who struggled to pay rent in poor areas of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Around the time of the 2008 financial crisis, the author lived in the same units … [Read the rest]

Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® Review – 60,000 Bonus Miles

The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®, from our partner Citi, has updated the offer on their co-branded American Airlines credit cards.  Here are the updated card highlights: For a limited time, earn 60,000 American … [Read the rest]

CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® Review – 70,000 bonus miles

The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®, is running a limited-time offer on their co-branded American Airlines credit cards. Here are the details: Designed for businesses For a limited time, earn 70,000 American … [Read the rest]

Social Security Trust Fund: Income vs. Expenses

You may have read recently that the Social Security Trust Fund is starting to shrink, and that it is projected to run out of money in 16 years. (Medicare's trust fund is projected to run out in 8.) This is not the same thing as Social Security … [Read the rest]

Retirement Nest Egg Calculators: Running Out of Money vs. Running Out of Time

If you have researched retirement at all (early or otherwise), you've probably ran across various retirement calculators online. You input how much money you have (or plan to have), your asset allocation, and it spits out some numbers. This … [Read the rest]

PeerStreet Review: Real Estate Backed Loan Investments, My 22-Month Experience

Updated June 2018. I've now been investing in various real-estate crowdfunding platforms for over 3 years, with $30,000 currently invested. Over $25,000 of these funds are invested in real estate-backed loans at automated real-estate loans from … [Read the rest]

RealtyShares Real Estate Investing: Default and Foreclosure Example – June 2018

Updated June 2018. One of the new "marketplace" (aka "crowdfunding") real estate investing sites that I have put my own money into is RealtyShares. Although I have invested over $30,000 across different RE sites over the last 3+ years, this is my … [Read the rest]

Northern Bank Direct Money Market Review – 2.26% APY Guaranteed Through June 2019

Update: As of 6/20/18, the rate is now down to 1.50% APY. I hope everyone who was interested got the 2.26% APY rate, you definitely had time and they did give roughly a 24-hour notice. Here comes another new "Direct" bank leapfrogging the … [Read the rest]

How To Build A 4-Week Treasury Bill Ladder: A Visual Guide

For my magic trick today, I will be resurrecting a post from over 11 years ago! That's the last time it there was any significant interest for an individual to buy Treasury Bills instead of using a top-yielding bank account. As of 6/18/18, a … [Read the rest]

Target REDcard Promotion: $25 off $100 Coupon For New Applicants

Speaking of 5% cash back cards, the Target REDcard gets you 5% off Target purchases every day, with a few exclusions like prescription medicine and Target gift cards. There is usually no sign-up bonus, but this week from 6/17-6/23, Target will mail … [Read the rest]

5% Cash Back Cards: Gas Stations, Restaurants, Amazon – July to September 2018

3rd Quarter 2018 registration is now open. The credit cards below offer up to 5% cash back on specific categories that often rotate each quarter. It takes a little extra attention, but I also rack up over a hundred dollars in additional rewards per … [Read the rest]

Free Social Security Tool for Optimal Benefit Claiming Strategy

When to start claiming Social Security to maximize your potential benefit can be a complicated question, especially for couples. Two reputable services in the space, Social Security Solutions (aka SS Analyzer) and Maximize My Social Security cost … [Read the rest]

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