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Carnival of Investing

This week's Carnival of Investing is up at Blueprint For Financial Prosperity. For everyone that has volunteered to host future carnivals, I apologize for not getting back to you all. I'm trying to make some alterations to the Carnival requirements … [Read the rest]

Angie’s List – Free Local Reviews, Discounted Movie Tickets

Angie's List is a site that contains reviews of local housing contractors, as well as other services like auto mechanics and accountants. Looks like most larger metro areas are covered. It's usually $6 a month to get access, but right now it you can … [Read the rest]

0% Balance Transfers Questions & Answers: 2nd Half

Here is the 2nd half of questions submitted to me. 1st half is here. All are part of my series on How To Make Money From 0% APR Balance Transfers (index of all posts). And off we go: … [Read the rest] and Portfolio Tweaking

Spent some time this weekend reading many of the articles at The website is the educational arm of Merriman Capital Management, an investment management firm that is heavily into DFA funds. They promote no-load, asset-specific, … [Read the rest]

Work For A Big Company? Read a Review of Your 401(k) Plan

Do you work for a large government entity or corporation? Are you looking for an independent review of your company's 401k plan or maybe some investment suggestions? I just ran across, which does just that for a large list of … [Read the rest]

Citibank Kills their 5% Dividend Card?

Alas, could it be true? I was alerted two days ago that you can no longer apply for the Citibank Dividend card which is one of my favorite rewards cards. If you try to apply, you get this: Changes are underway to the Citi Dividend Card, so we … [Read the rest]

Finding a Good Self-Employed Solo 401k Administrator

As I've mentioned in my SEP IRA versus Solo 401(k) comparison, the problem with the additional paperwork involved with a 401(k) is that you have to find an administrator that is willing to do it for you at minimal cost. Compare that with the … [Read the rest]

ViaTalk – 2 years of VoIP Phone Service for $199

If you didn't get in on the SunRocket deal, here's another deal for 2 years of unlimited VoIP phone service for $199 from a different company - ViaTalk. Note that there is also a $10 shipping and $30 activation charge. Offer ends soon at 2 pm EST, … [Read the rest]

Self-Employed Solo 401k vs. SEP-IRA Basics

If you have self-employment income, there are a variety of ways to save some taxes and put some away for retirement. As I have no employees, right now my top two choices are the SEP-IRA (Simplified Employee Pension), which I used for 2005, and the … [Read the rest]

Life Insurance… For Your Parents?

Normally you'd think of getting life insurance for your dependents - your significant other, your kids, even your grandkids. But over at Mapgirl's Fiscal Challenge, she's single with no children, but still has a sizeable life insurance policy. The … [Read the rest]

Book Review: Yes, You Can Still Retire Comfortably!

After reading their investing book Yes, You Can Time The Market! and liking their writing style and slightly different view on things, I decided to read Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth's book on retirement - Yes, You Can Still Retire Comfortably! Even … [Read the rest]

0% Balance Transfers Questions & Answers: 1st Half

Ok, I've been thinking of ways to handle all the questions on this topic I still haven't answered in my 4-Part series on How To Make Money From 0% APR Balance Transfers. I decided simply to answer them all, Cramer-Lightning-Round-style. Questions … [Read the rest]