Archive for April 2013

A bit of foolishness

Written by Richard Barrington - 7 Comments

This post is from staff writer Richard Barrington. I almost sprained my neck last week from shaking my head while reading stories about wild fluctuations in the value of the Bitcoin, an electronic currency. Bitcoins began 2013 with an exchange value of less than $20. Their value started to climb, and that climb accelerated until they […]

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Published on April 29th, 2013
Modified on April 26th, 2013 - 7 Comments
Filed under: Saving & Investing
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Passive solar homes: the basics

Written by ecannon - 3 Comments

This post is written by Krissy Schwab and comes from our partner site QuickenLoans.com. At one point you’ve probably driven through a neighborhood and seen a house covered with solar panels on the roof. This type of home, known as an active solar home, simply has the addition of solar panels to the already existing structure. However, some […]

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Published on April 26th, 2013
Modified on May 29th, 2013 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Energy,House & Home
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Key steps to a richer life

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 9 Comments

This post is from staff writer Jeffrey Steele. At a recent neighborhood function, I ran into a woman I’ve known for years, but hadn’t seen in a few months. She’d be the first to admit to suffering a weight problem. A shorter woman, she’d packed on enough pounds over the years to audition for the […]

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Published on April 24th, 2013
Modified on May 29th, 2013 - 9 Comments
Filed under: Miscellany
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The biggest mistake I made at my first job — and what I learned from it

Written by Suba Iyer - 10 Comments

This post is from staff writer Suba Iyer. At my first job, fresh out of college, I was determined to prove myself, prove that hiring me was one of the best decisions the company made, prove that I could take any challenge and make it work well before the deadline and prove that I could handle […]

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Published on April 22nd, 2013
Modified on April 15th, 2013 - 10 Comments
Filed under: Working
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The unemployment diet: How we cut our spending by $1,000 a month

Written by ecannon - 13 Comments

This post is by Deborah Dunham and comes from our partner site LearnVest, a site that helps people take control of their finances. One Tuesday morning last November my husband called from work and told me to sit down—and not get mad. Whenever a phone call starts that way, you just know it’s not going to end well. […]

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Published on April 19th, 2013
Modified on April 15th, 2013 - 13 Comments
Filed under: Economy,Frugality,Working
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Bitcoin virtual currency taking off, gaining popularity

Written by ecannon - 5 Comments

This post is from Miranda Marquit at our partner site Quizzle.com. One of the more interesting currencies gaining ground right now is Bitcoin. This is a digital currency that provides users with a way to pay each other directly, without transaction fees. But, as Gizmodo explains, it’s not quite so straightforward. Ultimate fiat currency Fiat means “let […]

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Published on April 17th, 2013
Modified on April 18th, 2013 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Miscellany
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The battle between accountants and investment managers

Written by Richard Barrington - 3 Comments

This post is from staff writer Richard Barrington. I was recently invited to review an investment technique called “automated tax-loss harvesting.” It reminded me of the never-ending struggle for primacy between investment managers and accountants when it comes to portfolio management. By way of disclosure, I should note that I have never been an accountant, […]

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Published on April 15th, 2013 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Saving & Investing,Taxes
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Meet Jim, my millionaire next door

Written by ecannon - 11 Comments

This guest post is from William Cowie, who has contributed to Get Rich Slowly and other personal finance blogs. He also blogs about investing and offers a free Investing Basics course on Bite the Bullet Investing. Like little ants, we moved and hustled all day, nine years ago, settling into our new house. We didn’t […]

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Published on April 12th, 2013
Modified on April 15th, 2013 - 11 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life,Moving,Saving & Investing
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What some call retirement planning is a joke

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 14 Comments

This post is from staff writer Jeffrey Steele. The Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2013 Retirement Confidence Survey was released in mid-March, and reinforced the notion that within many sober reports on serious personal finance subjects, we can find a few good laughs. In short, one will come away from perusing this survey with more than […]

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Published on April 10th, 2013
Modified on April 15th, 2013 - 14 Comments
Filed under: Planning,Retirement
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If you were rich, how frugal would you be?

Written by ecannon - 8 Comments

This post is from staff writer Suba Iyer. “What is now proved was once only imagined.” – William Blake Most of us embrace frugality to save money. Typically though, there are a few areas where we wish we could spend more. If you come into a windfall, depending on the amount, you might not be as […]

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Published on April 8th, 2013
Modified on April 15th, 2013 - 8 Comments
Filed under: Frugality
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