H&R Block Online Review – 2014 Tax Year Features and Screenshots

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Here is my 2014 review of H&R Block Online DIY tax preparation software, to complement my TurboTax 2014 review and TaxACT 2014 review. I filed my personal tax return using each of the "Big 3" and I will try to share the overall experience along … [Read the rest]

Fidelity IRA Match: Switch and They’ll Match Your Contributions Up to 10%

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Fidelity has released an infographic [pdf] about the power of saving 1% more of your income: To coincide with this, Fidelity started a related promotion to entice folks to move over their IRA assets to them. The Fidelity IRA Match is … [Read the rest]

The Best Credit Cards For Millionaires Who Count Their Miles… and The Rest of Us

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The sales pitch for American Express has always been that their cardholders are wealthy and thus big spenders, which in turn justifies their above-average transaction fees charged to merchants. The theory is a merchant won't mind paying more in fees … [Read the rest]

Big Picture Financial Advice from Jonathan Clements

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Here is some "big picture" financial advice from author and columnist Jonathan Clements. I'd like to collect enough of these tips from notable people and make a compilation post. Clements recently wrote his last column "How to Live a Happier … [Read the rest]

AssetBuilder 2015 Annual Letter: Currency Effects and Interactive Returns Tool

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I enjoy reading articles by Scott Burns (also here) because he sometimes offers a unique perspective on things. He recently released the 2015 Annual Letter for his asset management company AssetBuilder. The whole thing is a good read, but here are … [Read the rest]

TaxACT Review – 2014 Tax Year Features and Screenshots

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Having already done my TurboTax 2014 review, here is my review of TaxACT 2014. (H&R Block is next week.) For all three, I will be comparing the far-more-popular online versions. Price TaxACT come only in two basic flavors: Free and Deluxe. … [Read the rest]

Sling TV Quick Review and Promo: Prepay 3 Months, Get Free Fire TV Stick, Free Roku Stick, or $50 off Amazon Fire TV

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Sling TV is now live and indeed allows you to stream a package of major cable networks live over the internet. I previously wrote about Sling TV from Dish Network when it was announced in January at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. Here is the … [Read the rest]

TurboTax Review – 2014 Tax Year Features and Screenshots

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Although I'm still waiting on some 1099 forms (*cough* TD Ameritrade), I've already got most of my paperwork in order for my tax returns. I plan on comparing the three major tax preparation websites again this year: TurboTax, H&R Block, and … [Read the rest]

Tax-Efficiency and Qualified Dividend Income Percentages

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Dividend distributions from mutual funds and ETFs are either qualified or non-qualified, and the difference could have you paying double the taxes. Qualified dividends are taxed at the lower long-term capital gains rate, which varies from 0% to … [Read the rest]

Costs Matter: Vanguard Long-Term Performance Update 2015

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The purpose of Vanguard's commitment to low-cost investing is not just to be cheap, it is to give their clients higher performance. Whenever a money manager charges higher fees for themselves, they will have to compensate by creating that much … [Read the rest]

Costco No Longer Accepting American Express in 2016

Starting in early 2016, you will no longer need an American Express card to pay with a credit card at Costco. Not earth-shattering news (although I do buy a lot of stuff at Costco), but as a credit card geek I thought some of the details that came … [Read the rest]

Chart: Vanguard Low-Cost Philosophy At Work

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The debate between active and passive investing has come full circle. We've officially gone from "index funds will never work!" to "index funds are working too well, it can't keep on going". Check out the Forbes article Is Vanguard Too … [Read the rest]