Which is Your Favorite Discount Broker?

Posted by Madison on April 5, 2010

I’m reevaluating the discount broker scene to add to our emerging market holdings, specifically looking for the best discount brokers. When we made changes to our most recent asset allocation to include more international exposure I identified the need to pick up more emerging markets, in an ETF instead of index funds. I hold a […]

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OptionsXpress $100 Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Kate on April 2, 2010

This week’s Free Money Friday is a great one for anyone looking for a new brokerage. OptionsXpress is offering $100 for new customers when they open an account! How to Get Your Sign Up Bonus Open and fund an OptionsXpress account with $500 by December 31, 2012. Execute three trades within 12 months of opening […]

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Happy April Fools’ Day! Gotcha Again!

Posted by Madison on April 1, 2010

So this year, when I was busy planning my annual April Fools’ Day prank for readers, I figured I better make it really obvious. Last year, months after April Fools’ Day was over, I was talking to a friend and we started talking about the website; she thought I had sold the website. I realized […]

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After reading the story of the Credit Terrorist and following the discussion on Would You Walk Away from Your Home? I realized we were sitting on a gold mine. I checked the balances on our credit card arbitrage this morning and they’re currently just over $172,000. It occurred to me, that none of this credit […]

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Rejuvenate Your Finances

Posted by Madison on March 31, 2010

It’s time to rejuvenate your finances! To celebrate spring The Life Skills Network is featuring a rejuvenation day today. Check out all the fun topics to spice up your spring at the end of the article. Rejuvenate Your Finances Update your withholding. Now that your taxes are done (or almost done), if you got a […]

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How Long Does it Take to Get Your 2009 Tax Refund Back?

Posted by Madison on March 30, 2010

When filing tax returns, the second question everyone asks is “How long does it take to get my tax refund back?” Of course, the first question everyone asks is “How much is my refund?” Tax Refund Direct Deposit versus Mail If you want to get your refund faster, opt for the direct deposit route. Not […]

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Looking for unemployed tax deductions? You’re in luck, there are several tax deductions related to unemployment, job searching, or moving for a new job that will give you tax relief at a time when you probably need it most. Unemployment reached 10% in the United States for 2009, sending over 16 million people home without […]

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It’s that time of year again! Time when I look at our asset allocation and convince myself to take on more international exposure in our portfolio. After making the update, here’s what our target asset allocation looks like. Update: Here is my most recent asset allocation update. International Asset Allocation Changes When we started using […]

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Free Money Deadlines This Week

Posted by Madison on March 26, 2010

Happy Free Money Friday! In the wonderful world of tracking free money offers, programs continually change their promotions. Spend too much time watching the basketball tournament and you might miss out on some offers with deadlines this week! Schwab 2% Card Ending Rumor has it that the Schwab Credit Card which gives 2% cash back […]

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Credit Card Statements Reinforce Decades of Leverage

Posted by Madison on March 25, 2010

Ever since the credit card act went into law, I’ve had a ton of fun reviewing my credit card statements in the mail. The new table on the statement draws attention to the payoff, ideally encouraging those in debt to pay more than just the minimum to get out of debt. However, for those of […]

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