How Much House Is Affordable?

Apr 18, 2014 by

Guest post today from real estate titan Zillow: Before you jump on that house you’ve fallen in love with, how do you judge whether you can afford it?

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Tax Refund: Spend, Save or Blo...

Apr 16, 2014 by

In the personal finance blogging world, the annual parade of advice on what you should do with your tax refund is well underway. If...

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Michael Lewis on HFT

Apr 11, 2014 by

Here’s Michael Lewis on Bloomberg discussing how you’re being ripped off by high-frequency traders. Good thing he’s been paying attention because your government certainly has not.

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Tax Procrastinator’s Cur...

Apr 9, 2014 by

Depressed by the prospect of spending the upcoming spring weekend hunched over your tax return? Here’s your salvation.

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Motif Investing

Apr 7, 2014 by

Motif Investing is an online broker with a big twist. At Motif, you can invest “in real world ideas,” including your own.

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50 Free Financial Webinars!

Apr 4, 2014 by

You like FREE don’t you? And you like money? Here’s a great opportunity to sign up for one or more of FIFTY free one-hour webinars on personal finance topics.

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High-Frequency Trading

Apr 2, 2014 by

Just about every time you buy a stock through a U.S. exchange, you’re getting robbed.

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Microcredit Thriving in Americ...

Mar 31, 2014 by

If you’ve heard of microcredit, you probably associate it with impoverished masses with poor or no credit history (the “unbanked”) whose foremost financial worry is putting food on the table. You’d be right, and that’s why microcredit is building momentum in America.

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2013 Capital Gain Tax Rates

Mar 28, 2014 by

Here’s an easy-to-use reference for U.S. tax rates on 2013 capital gains.

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Rant at Your Peril

Mar 26, 2014 by

When you buy from this online retailer, no matter how screwed over you may feel by it, you’re agreeing to refrain from taking any action that negatively impacts the seller’s reputation, products, services, management or employees. Violators may be billed $3,500.

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10% Early Withdrawal Tax

Mar 21, 2014 by

You probably know that the IRS hits early retirement plan withdrawals with a 10% penalty tax. But did you know of the many exceptions where the usual tax penalty doesn’t apply?

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My Burial Plot Cost is Covered...

Mar 19, 2014 by

I can rest easier now. My great, great, great, great, great grandfather provided in his will a burial plot in Cavendish, Vermont for each of his descendants.

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Capital One Can Spoof You

Mar 17, 2014 by

You may be surprised to learn the rights your credit card issuer grants itself in the agreement you accepted when you signed up for the card.

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Free Tax Help for Military

Mar 14, 2014 by

The IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers free tax help to U.S. military members and their families, worldwide.

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Huge Debt Paid Off!

Mar 12, 2014 by

Need inspiration to help pay down your debts? Travis and Vonnie just completed a 56-month plan to retire $109,000 in credit card debt. WOW!

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Card Fraud Blame Shift

Mar 10, 2014 by

A large bank in Canada refuses to refund a credit card customer’s claim of a fraudulent $81,276 charge because the customer’s PIN authorized the charge.

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Is Social Security Taxable?

Mar 7, 2014 by

The Social Security Administration giveth, and the IRS taketh away.

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What Would You Do #7?

Mar 5, 2014 by

Might it make sense to demolish an old but serviceable farmhouse and convert the 2 acres on which it sits to cropland?

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Diamonds and Dogs #21

Mar 3, 2014 by

I share my latest picks for three pieces of online content with the power to help you make better money choices (the Diamonds), and one that’ll mess you up (the Dog).

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2013 EITC

Feb 28, 2014 by

If you’ll report less than $52,000 in adjusted gross income for 2013, be sure to check whether you qualify for the lucrative Earned Income Tax Credit.

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Feb 26, 2014 by

Need a tax preparer? Here’s a directory and collection of other useful and interesting info on U.S. federal and state income taxes.

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Retirement Is Not an Option

Feb 24, 2014 by

For those age 50 and older the reality of underfunded retirement savings is sinking in. And it’s not a pretty picture.

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Could Your Fridge be Repossess...

Feb 21, 2014 by

The items in your home you bought with a credit card may be subject to repossession if you default on the account—even if you file for bankruptcy.

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Extra Credit Card Payments

Feb 19, 2014 by

When you send your credit card issuer more than the minimum payment, how does it apply the ‘extra’?

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