Backdoor Roth IRA: Now Officially Supported by Congressional Intent?

In 2010, the tax laws were changed to eliminate the income limits on conversions from Traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs. Since Roth IRAs still have income limits on direct contributions, this opened up a "backdoor" where high-income individuals could … [Read the rest]

Royalty Exchange: Buying Music Royalty Rights as Income Investment

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For many songwriters and musicians, their primary asset is the rights to their music. Instead of a house, they have intellectual property. Every time their song is bought for a film, streamed online, or aired on TV they receive a royalty … [Read the rest]

PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa Card: 2% Cash Back With Military Service or Checking Account

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Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed), the 3rd largest US credit union by assets, launched the PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa Card in 2017. This credit card offers up to 2% flat cash back with no earning caps and no annual fee. Here are the … [Read the rest]

Debitize: Will Making Your Credit Card Feel Like Debit Help You Budget? ($10 Bonus)

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In our increasingly cashless world, I prefer to use credit cards over debit cards for a few reasons: Credit cards usually have better cash back, points, or rewards programs. Credit cards have additional features like free checked bags, … [Read the rest]

Anthony Bourdain: Taking One More Risk Changed Everything

Anthony Bourdain gets to travel around the world, eat great food, and hang out with interesting people. I have read a few of his books and enjoy his TV shows, but this YouTube video from 1 Step Away revealed some new details about how it all … [Read the rest]

Research Affiliates: 10-Year Asset Class Returns Forecast, Q1 2017

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Investment advisory firm Research Affiliates has an interactive Asset Allocation tool that provides estimates of expected returns for many different asset classes and model portfolios. Their default model is based on valuations like the CAPE … [Read the rest]

Charlie Munger’s Life as a Financial Independence Blueprint

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Charles Munger is probably best known as the Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and partner of Warren Buffett. The University of Michigan Ross School of Business recently shared a hour-long talk with Munger on YouTube (embedded below). Munger … [Read the rest]

Connexus Credit Union 5-Year CD at 3.00% APY: Early Withdrawal Penalty Comparison

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Connexus Credit Union has raised the rates on their 5-year Share Certificate to 3.00% APY with a 365-day early withdrawal penalty. They also have 1-year Share Certificate at 2.01% APY (90-day early withdrawal penalty). Both have a $5,000 minimum … [Read the rest]

The Fall of Landlines and Rise of Cell Phone-Only Households

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Here's an interesting chart from Statista showing how landline telephones are slowly dying away and being replaced by cell phones only. In 2004, more than 90 percent of households in the U.S. had an operational landline phone - now it’s … [Read the rest]

Sprint One Year of Free Unlimited Data Plan: Still Available

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Updated: Offer still available, my 6-month update. Sprint still has a pretty solid promotion that isn't being advertised (TV, radio, newspaper, etc) and is only available online to new customers. If you bring over your own eligible smartphone … [Read the rest]

Berkshire Hathaway vs. S&P 500: Shrinking Edge?

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It is well-known that the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK) is Warren Buffett, and that its long-term performance has crushed the S&P 500. This is usually illustrated with an impressive chart like this one from Business Insider: I'm currently … [Read the rest]

Big List of Free Consumer Data Reports (2/2): See Your Confidential Rental History, Insurance, & Employment Data

Links updated 2018. Here is the second part of my big list of free consumer reports from over 50 different reporting agencies. The first part included your credit, banking, and subprime lending-related information. This part includes your housing, … [Read the rest]