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William Bernstein: Picking The Right Bonds For Your Portfolio

Author and investment advisor William Bernstein wrote a thoughtful WSJ piece on bonds, which I think is useful for the DIY investor. The overall theme is that you should take minimal risks with the bonds in your portfolio. Taken in isolation, … [Read the rest]

Consumer Reports Car Brand Reliability Rankings 2015

Consumer Reports recently released the results from their 2015 Annual Auto Reliability Survey of over 740,000 vehicles owned by its subscribers. Below are the complete rankings from Consumer Reports, including the change from last year. Taken from … [Read the rest]

BankAmericard® Credit Card Review

Bank of America is the issuer behind many different credit cards, but only a few of them carry the "BankAmericard" co-branding. I have written up reviews of the BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Credit Card and the BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit … [Read the rest]

Overcast Podcast App, Premium Time-Saving Features Now Free

If you like to listen to podcasts, or are thinking of starting, the full version of the Overcast app (iOS only) is now completely free while remaining ad-free. (There is a patronage option and much accompanying drama that I'll ignore here.) All of … [Read the rest]

SubscriptMe App Review: Watch Those Recurring Expenses!

"Subscriptions are forgettable by design." That is the opening line for the app description of SubscriptMe, a free iPhone/iOS app that help you track your recurring expenses. How true. All the behavioral psychology-based personal finance tips … [Read the rest]

Kashi “All Natural” Class Action Settlement

Here's another class action settlement involving a popular food which may affect you. Kashi and Kelloggs settled a lawsuit claiming that they mislabeled products as "all natural" or "nothing artificial". As usual, they don't admit wrongdoing but … [Read the rest]

Free $5 Starbucks Gift Card for AT&T Wireless Customers

Ting.com has a limited-time promotion offering AT&T customers a free cup of coffee (in the form of a free $5 Starbuck gift card) if they check their phone compatibility with Ting. You'll need your AT&T phone's IMEI and your phone number. Limit … [Read the rest]

BeFrugal.com: Another Cashback Shopping Portal

$10 refer-a-friend bonus is back. BeFrugal.com is yet another cashback shopping portal that gives a percentage back on online shopping purchases made through their links. Right now it's also offering a $10 sign-up bonus for a limited-time to get you … [Read the rest]

Owning a McDonald’s Franchise: Purchase Cost vs. Annual Profit

Despite their negative media attention, the McDonald's franchise that I drive past every day is packed all the time. I rarely eat there (especially since my diet bet), but I used to think to myself that if I were going to buy a franchise, I'd buy … [Read the rest]

Andre Agassi Interview: Typical Day in Retirement

Andre Agassi became famous for being a professional tennis player, but his greatest legacy may be through his work in charitable and social causes. He now oversees both a charitable foundation and the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a … [Read the rest]

Ideal Diversification Between US and International Stocks?

One of the decisions a DIY investor needs to make is how much international stock exposure to add to their portfolio. Recently, the US stock market has had much higher returns than non-US stocks overall, including Emerging Markets. But this … [Read the rest]

BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card Review: Great with Preferred Rewards Bonus

The BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card is the main "travel rewards" credit card branded by Bank of America. In this review, I'll cover the card features but also focus on a lesser-known opportunity - if you're a Preferred Rewards client, you … [Read the rest]