Warren Buffett’s Ground Rules: Shared Concepts with Low-Cost Index Funds

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If you get in a debate about owning index funds, Warren Buffett will likely be invoked as an example of successful stock-picking. A recent book called Warren Buffett's Ground Rules: Words of Wisdom from the Partnership Letters of the World's … [Read the rest]

Open Enrollment Season: Maximizing Your Employee Benefits

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As open enrollment season is around the corner, Morningstar offered up an 10-minute video interview with Christine Benz discussing tips on maximizing your employee benefits. (Is it just me, or does open enrollment too often seem to be a game of … [Read the rest]

Smarter Better Faster by Charles Duhigg: Book Review and Highlights

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We'd all like to improve our productivity. Ideally, this would only involve downloading an app for 99 cents. :) Instead, Charles Duhigg did a lot of research in various areas and filtered out universal concepts that we can apply to our everyday … [Read the rest]

Citibank $400 Checking Account Bonus

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Citibank has a $400 bonus offer for new checking account customers. Here are the highlights: To qualify for a $400 cash bonus, open a new consumer checking account in The Citibank Account Package by 10/31/16. Within 30 days from the date … [Read the rest]

RingPlus: Basic, Free Cellular Phone Service Plans (Now With a Catch)

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Updated September 2016. Ringplus has updated their Terms of Service, effective 9/6/2016, that greatly expands their ability to terminate your service at their discretion. In particular, please note the following new terms: 20. If your talk, … [Read the rest]

Vanguard Complacency Check

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Vanguard recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Vanguard 500 Index Fund, the first index fund available to individual investors. If you are like me and have a significant portion of your net worth in Vanguard products and services, you … [Read the rest]

Jack Bogle WSJ Interview Highlights (September 2016)

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When Jack Bogle grants an interview, I sit down and take notes in case he drops something significant. Here is a link to his WSJ interview dated 9/2/2016 (paywall, use Google redirection if needed). Bogle estimates 2% annualized returns over … [Read the rest]

7 Essential Money Questions from The New York Times

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The NY Times has a new essay called 7 Essential Money Questions Sure to Start a Conversation: What follows are the seven best queries that I could find that tend to stop people cold and get them to open up about whatever money they have and the … [Read the rest]

Free BJ’s Club Membership for American Express Cardholders (New Customers)

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If you are an American Express cardholder, they have a promotion with BJ's Wholesale Clubs that will essentially net you a free 1-year membership if you are a new BJ's customer. The membership is discounted 50% down to $25, and then you also get a … [Read the rest]

Starbucks App: Load $10 with Visa Checkout, Get $10 Bonus

A recent study found that free pizza was a better motivator than cash. What about free coffee? :) Starbucks is offering a free $10 bonus Starbucks eGift card if you use the Starbucks smartphone app to load a minimum $10 onto your Starbucks Card … [Read the rest]

Hanscom Federal CU Thrive Review: 3% APY High Interest Starter Account

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Updated with additional $30 bonus. Hanscom Federal Credit Union (HFCU) has a CU Thrive account, which works like a certificate of deposit that rewards consistent saving. The rate is set for 12 months, and during those 12 months you can transfer up … [Read the rest]

Amazon Problems: Counterfeit Products

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In my previous installment of Amazon Problems, I talked about fake Amazon product reviews. This time, I talk about fake products themselves. Thanks to lax Amazon policies, buyers now have to worry about whether their products are genuine or … [Read the rest]