Sharing Bad Financial News With Kids

If you are like most people I know, you go through financial ups and downs. When this happens, do you talk about it with the kids or pretend nothing is wrong? If you decide to share it with your children, how? And how much do you share? I faced this dilemma a few years ago. […]


College as an Investment

We’ve talked in the past about how much your college degree is worth. Given the current economic environment, especially as it relates to employment opportunities (or lack thereof), I’d be willing to bet that many recent graduates are second guessing their decision to lay out the money required for a college degree. According to a […]


Are You a Stay-at-Home Parent? Good Luck Getting a Credit Card

Stay-at-home moms and dads may soon find it more of a challenge to get the best credit card in their own name. The Federal Reserve recently provided additional clarification of the Credit CARD Act of 2009, and issued new guidance to credit card companies that will make it almost impossible for non-working spouses to have […]


Capital One Venture Card 25k Mile Signup Bonus

Back in March, I shared a killer deal from the Capital One Venture Card. In short, they were matching up to 100k of your miles if you applied for their card and spent $1k within the first three months. Throw in the 10k bonus miles for new cardholders, and that was the equivalent of (up […]


Working Longer to Afford Retirement?

You’ve likely heard that, due to meager retirement savings, many working Americans will have to delay retirement. Unfortunately, according to a study by the Employee Benefits and Research Institute (EBRI), deferring retirement by a few years won’t be enough to ensure even a bare-bones retirement for millions of older Americans. In fact, the study found […]


Use a Reverse CD Ladder to Save for Future Expenses

I’m guessing that the vast majority of your are familiar with the concept of a CD ladder, wherein you invest in a series of overlapping CDs with a certain maturity. For example, you might own 12 x 1 year CDs with one maturing every month, or 5 x 5 year CDs with one maturing every […]


ING Direct to Add Remote Deposit?

As a followup to the recent news that Capital One is buying ING Direct, which was met with mixed reactions, I thought I’d share some positive news about ING Direct… According to a series of Twitter exchanges, remote deposit of scanned checks is on the way. For example, back in December when they were asked […]


The Cost of Living in a Paid-Off House

About a year and a half ago, we paid off our mortgage. The issue of whether you should pay off your mortgage early or invest has always been a hot topic in financial circles, but I can tell you this much: We haven’t regretted our decision to pay off our mortgage. Not even once. Of […]


Time is Money: Get Started Now

Over the past two years, I’ve forged a friendship with a decades-younger member of the opposite gender. It’s clear from our talks that she views me as a mentor. And I’m proud to say she’s my mentee, because someone who’d avidly seek a friend decades older is one with a refreshingly different approach to life. […]


Lending Club Update – May 2011 Performance

I finally got around to updating Quicken over the weekend, so I thought I’d put together another update of Lending Club investment performance, this time covering through the end of May. I neglected to note my net annualized return (NAR) at the end of the month, but it was in the mid-8% range. According to […]