Black Friday Tragedy: Wal-Mart Stampede

I originally posted this on Twitter, but decided that it’s worthy of a mention here, as well. According to a story in the NY Times, a temporary Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death by crazed bargain hunters… Tension grew as the 5 a.m. opening neared… By 4:55, with no police officers in sight, the crowd […]


Safest Cars of 2009

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently released their list of the safest cars of 2009. What follows is a rundown of the “Top Safety Picks, ” which “do the best job of protecting people in front, side, and rear crashes based on good ratings in Institute tests.” This year, there were 72 such picks, […]


Roth IRA Conversion in a Down Market

For those of you that have been thinking of converting your Traditional IRA into a Roth IRA, now might not be a bad time to do so… Since the conversion of previously deductible contributions is a taxable event, doing it when the market is down is a good way of minimizing the tax hit. There […]


What’s Your Favorite Checking Account?

Over the weekend, a reader name Patrick e-mailed to ask for my opinion as to the best free checking account. I sent him my thoughts on the issue (below), but thought that it would be good to throw this one out to you guys, as I’ve done in the past when searching for the best […]


E-Trade Account Activation and Review

Just a day after opening our new E-Trade account, we received an e-mail saying that our account was open and ready for business. Sure enough, when I logged in, I was greeted with this: As you can see, we have a balance of $1.00 (the initial transfer), although that’s not available yet since the transfer […]


Holiday Savings Roundup

With the economy in the crapper and the holidays just around the corner, I though I’d highlight a few articles from around the web that are guaranteed to save you some money…


E-Trade Online Savings Account Opening Process

As part of my continuing quest to find the best online savings account, I opened an account with E*Trade last night. In case you’re not familiar with E*Trade, they’re not only one of the best online discount brokers, but they also offer a full complement of banking services. This includes a high yield savings account […]


New Economic Stimulus Package Delayed

Late last week, Congressional Democrats put their plans for another economic stimulus package on hold until after President-elect Obama is sworn into office in January. In the near term, they’ll focus instead on a $6B expansion of unemployment benefits as well as a possible $25B bailout of the auto industry. According to Senate Majority Leader […]


Ted Turner on the Economy

The latest issue of Time Magazine had an interview with Ted Turner, who’s been popping up all over the place thanks to his new book “Call Me Ted.” In it, Turner shared some interesting economic insights. Here are the most relevant parts: On whether or not the US can maintain its position as a global […]


Tip’d Goes Public

About a month ago, I wrote about Tip’d, which is a bit like Digg, but with a financial focus. People can submit links, and Tip’d users vote on them. If an article receives enough votes, it makes it to the front page. Thus, Tip’d As I noted previously, the big advantage of a site like […]