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Wonkiest New Security Feature Yet

I logged into my TreasuryDirect account today, and what do I see? … [Read the rest]

Scottrade Says To Stop Sending Them Customers

I got a call today from Scottrade that they want me to stop referring customers to them via this blog, as part of their Scottrade referral program. I didn't have time to ask them exactly why since I was busy, but after hanging up I got to thinking - … [Read the rest]

EverBank FreeNet Checking: Intro 1.10% APY + $50 To Leave

Multiple people have now ed me about how the Everbank FreeNet Checking Account offers a good high-interest checking account with a lot of great features. I admit that I didn't know much about them because their regular interest rates … [Read the rest]

Application Tips and Getting Cash From 0% Balance Transfers

[This is Part 3 of an ongoing series about how to make money from 0% APR balance transfers.] Before I start, someone said that it's too easy with Citibank, and can I do an example with another issuer. Sure. Let's run through it with the Discover … [Read the rest]

Would You Move To The Boonies For More Money?

Interesting opportunity just came up today. If you were offered the chance to work somewhere undesireable (at least to you), but were offered a significant raise to move there, would you? As for details, this would be a rural area in the Midwest, … [Read the rest]

Scouting For 0% Balance Transfer Offers

[This is Part 2 of an ongoing series about how to make money from 0% APR balance transfers.] Now that you've read my introduction and warnings about 0% balance transfer offers, let's try to find some suitable deals. First, some definitions: A … [Read the rest]

Carnival of Investing

This week's Carnival of Investing is up at My Money Forest. I like that he picked some of his favorites. For more information on participating and the hosting schedule, please check out the main Carnival of Investing page. I've been slacking on … [Read the rest]

How Much Of Your Salary Should You Save For Retirement?

This is a difficult question to ask, but this paper I ran across entitled 'Savings Rates and "Economic Security" in Retirement' tries to take a stab at it. Here is the abstract: Some simple number crunching using historical market return data for … [Read the rest]

Introduction and Warnings About 0% Balance Transfer Offers

[This is Part 1 of an ongoing series. I am going to break it up into several smaller segments due to time constraints, and keep track of them in this index of posts.] Most likely you have seen these offers shower your mailboxes, credit card … [Read the rest]

0% APR Balance Transfers Index Page

I apologize for not following up with a nice big page on the 0% balance transfer game after asking for requests. I've gotten almost 100 questions and just haven't had time to organize my thoughts while trying to upgrade this site. It is definitely … [Read the rest]

Save Towards House Down Payment or Retirement?

If you know you need a big house downpayment in a year for a $500,000 house, do you: A) Totally minimize your retirement contributions (just get your 401k match if any), and save everything else towards that downpayment, knowing at best you'll get … [Read the rest]

Converting From Movable Type 3.1x to WordPress 2.0

I am in the process of migrating this blog from Movable Type to Wordpress. If you see any errors or missing pages, please leave a comment. Thanks! The rest of this entry is not money related. … [Read the rest]

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