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Alan Watts: What If Money Didn’t Matter?

Alan Watts was a "British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience." I actually stumbled upon his readings via a trailer for Days of Our Youth, a movie about … [Read the rest]

LendingClub IPO for P2P Loan Investors: First Day of Trading Over

(Updated. Lending Club ended their first day of trading at $23.43 a share, up 57% from their IPO price. With roughly 361 million outstanding shares, LC is roughly a $8.5 billion dollar company! I have updated the post to include the rest of the … [Read the rest]

Bogle Interview: Why You Don’t Need International Stocks, Why To Hire An Advisor

Whenever Vanguard founder Jack Bogle speaks, I listen. He has spent more time thinking about how to help the average investor than I have been alive. I found this recent Bloomberg interview covered a lot of topics regarding portfolio construction. … [Read the rest]

The Invention of the Fixed Rate Mortgage

Businessweek magazine celebrated their 85th anniversary by listing what they deem the 85 inventions with the greatest impact over the last 85 years. #1 was jet engines, but #17 was the fixed-rate mortgage. At the time, it was bold and … [Read the rest]

Quality Clothing as Heirlooms? Celebrating Things That Last

I like my smartphone as much as the next person, but I'm also intrigued by things that last a really long time. Things that my children can inherit from me. Things like quality tools, classic books, good knives, or cast iron cookware. Up until … [Read the rest]

Send a Starbucks $20 Gift Card for $10 with Visa (Expired)

Expired as of midnight Eastern. I thought 100k would last longer than a day. Starbucks has a new $10 holiday bonus promotion: Be one of the first 100,000 to buy a Starbucks Card eGift (min $10) with your Visa® card and we will add an additional … [Read the rest]

Vanguard Adds Two-Factor Authentication

Vanguard has announced that they now support two-factor authentication via SMS text messages when logging into your financial accounts. There should be a little blurb when you log in, or after logging in you can navigate to "My Accounts > Account … [Read the rest]

Chart: International Bonds and Risk-Adjusted Returns

Here another data point on the topic of adding international bonds to your portfolio. The AllianceBernstein Blog has post on how adjusting the US/Global mix of your bond asset allocation affects risk-adjusted returns: Using data from … [Read the rest]

US Airways Premier World MasterCard Review: 50,000 Mile Bonus (Updated)

Bonus improved from 40k to 50k miles for limited time. American Airlines and US Airways have announced new details about their upcoming merger. As expected, the two frequent flier programs will merge and all the miles will become American AAdvantage … [Read the rest]

Gyft: $40 in Amazon Gift Cards for $30

Updated. This may be a limited-time offer, but here's how a new Gyft.com customer can get $40 in Amazon Gift Cards for $30. Plus, you can even get a $5 gift card to Toys R Us. (There are other ways to spin this deal, but Amazon gift cards are the … [Read the rest]

Morningstar Top 529 College Savings Plan Rankings 2014

Investment research firm Morningstar has released their annual 529 College Savings Plans Research Paper and Industry Survey. While the full survey appears restricted to paid premium members, they did release their top-rated plans for 2014. … [Read the rest]

Economics of Keeping Your Old Refrigerator

This interesting chart from the Appliance Standards Awareness Project shows how dramatically cheaper and more energy-efficient new refrigerators have gotten over the last few decades. Even as the average size has grown slightly, since 1980 the … [Read the rest]

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