iShares Core ETF Expense Ratios vs. Vanguard ETF Comparison (Updated 2016)

Updated 10/12/16. 18 iShares Core ETFs now trade commission-free at Fidelity. Blackrock announced price cuts to 15 out of its 22 iShares Core ETFs last week. The iShares Core series is their low-cost, index ETF line-up targeted towards … [Read the rest]

Free 500 Virgin America Points for Newsletter Sign-Up


Get another 500 free Virgin America Elevate points when you sign up for the new Virgin America Produced e-mail newsletter. * Offer valid until October 26, 2016. Only one email address is allowed and only one set of 500 points will be awarded per … [Read the rest]

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Book Review)


I don't recall how I discovered this book, but I remember being initially skeptical. I was wary that Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts would be a poorly-written eBook with a very catchy title and … [Read the rest]

Follow-up: Georgia Tech Online Master’s Degree in Computer Science for $7,000


I'm always fascinated by the potential power of cheap, accessible education. Back in 2013, I wrote about how Georgia Tech planned to offer an online master's degree in Computer Science for only $7,000. Three years later, the NY Times has a … [Read the rest]

Schwab Index ETF Expense Ratios vs. Vanguard ETF Comparison (Updated 2016)


Schwab also had some reactionary price cuts to some of their Schwab Index ETFs last week. Here are the updated expense ratios, alongside the expense ratios of the closest equivalent ETF from Vanguard. In cases where both Vanguard and iShares … [Read the rest]

Amazon Prime Reading: Free Consumer Reports Magazine


Amazon has introduced another free perk for Amazon Prime members. From the press release for Amazon Prime Reading (emphasis mine): Amazon today introduced Prime Reading, a new reading benefit for U.S. Prime members. Prime members can now enjoy … [Read the rest]

More Charts: Withdrawal Rates and Portfolio Longevity


Here's another pair of tidy charts about safe withdrawal rates, or the amount you can safely withdraw from your retirement portfolio without running out. They are taken from this Blackrock page, specifically their "one-pager" 2-page PDF. First … [Read the rest]

Platinum Delta Skymiles American Express Companion Certificate


The Delta American Express card line-up has some limited-time bonus bumps going on right now. Offer ends 11/9/16. In particular, I noticed that the Platinum Delta American Express is offering: 70,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in … [Read the rest]

Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card Limited-Time 75,000 Point Offer


Limited-time 75,000 point offer. The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card, from our partner Citi, is their no-annual fee card featuring a new limited-time offer. Highlights: For a limited time, earn 75,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points after … [Read the rest]

Amazon Problems: Fake Product Reviews


Update: As of 10/3/16, Amazon has changed their policy and now prohibits reviews in exchange for discounted products. From the Amazon Blog: Our community guidelines have always prohibited compensation for reviews, with an exception – reviewers c … [Read the rest]

Podcast Recommendation: The Distance


Many of the podcasts I listen to aren't financially-related, but I've recently been catching up The Distance Podcast which profiles the owners of private businesses that have been around for at least 25 years. Here's their own … [Read the rest]

Is There Really a Huge Loophole in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program?


The Brookings Institution came out with an interesting report titled The coming Public Service Loan Forgiveness bonanza. Here are the highlights of the paper: The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program limits your payments to 10% of … [Read the rest]