Late Monday Roundup – Guitar Hero Edition

While we were out of town this past weekend, we had an opportunity to play a bit of Guitar Hero III for the Wii. Having never played it before, all I can say is… Wow! It was a ton of fun. So much fun, in fact, that we just picked up a copy for ourselves […]


Dealing With the (Possible) Theft of Your Personal Data

Not long ago, I received a letter stating that my personal data, including at least one old address and my social security number, may have been compromised. Needless to say, this was a bit unnerving. While I have no way of knowing whether or not this information was truly stolen, I have to assume that […]


From the Archives – (March 23rd – March 30th)

Here are some of my favorite FiveCentNickel posts from a year ago this past week: » Minimizing Our Taxes with a SEP-IRA, 403(b) and 457(b) » Avoid Check Washing With Special Ink? » Georgia Upholds Ban on Payday Loans » Blockbuster Total Access vs. NetFlix And here’s what was going on two years ago: » […]


Carnivals – Week of 03/24/07

FiveCentNickel participated in three carnivals this week. Here they are along with links to my articles that were included in each. The Carnival of Personal Finance included “Reconsidering Our Asset Allocation.” The Best of Me Symphony included “Saving for Retirement at the Last Minute.” Also included was “Are Credit Card Rewards Taxable?” from creditaddict.com. The […]


Investment Insights: Staying the Course

As a followup to my collection of quotes on stock market timing, here’s another set of quote on the importance of developing an investing plan and staying the course. Once again these quotes are brought to you courtesy of The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing…


How to Manage Your Asset Allocation With Multiple Accounts

As I noted the other day, we’ve been reconsidering our asset allocation. Setting aside the finer details of how much we want in which type of investment, we also need to get a handle on how to structure our holdings across accounts. The problem Our situation is perhaps more complex than that of the average […]


Middle-Class Millionaires: Your Questions Answered

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a new book called The Middle-Class Millionaire. That post generated a good bit of discussion and, not long after publishing it, I was contacted by Lewis Schiff, who is one of the authors of the book. Lewis graciously offered to field questions from readers, and a good […]


Investment Insights: Timing the Stock Market

With all the stock market turmoil, I thought I’d share some investing quotes that I ran across when reading The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing. The general topic is “market timing” – i.e., the practice of jumping in and out of the market, trying to buy in at the low points and sell out at the […]


Ten Tips for Avoiding an Income Tax Audit

Having just finished preparing our taxes, my attention has now turned to minimizing our risk of being audited. While we haven’t done anything sketchy, and I also know that the odds of getting audited are quite low overall, I still don’t relish the idea of having to fight an audit. To that end, I thought […]


Home Sales UP in February

Finally, some positive news on the economic front… According to the National Association of Realtors, existing home sales rose in February for the first time in six months. The downside is that the 2.9% increase in sales was accompanied by a continued fall in prices. In fact, the median price tumbled by the largest amount […]