Current Amex Special Offers: Target, Wal-Mart, BJ’s Warehouse, iTunes (Targeted)

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Updated 7/1/15. American Express cardholders can participate in "AmEx Offers" which offer discounts to various merchants. These promotions often offer the opportunity for easy savings without changing your spending habits. Sometimes I just buy a … [Read the rest]

Global Asset Allocation Book Review: Comparing 12+ Expert Model Portfolios

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I am a regular reader of Meb Faber's online writings, and volunteered to received a free review copy of his new book Global Asset Allocation: A Survey of the World's Top Asset Allocation Strategies. It is a rather short book and would probably be … [Read the rest]

My One-Page Financial Plan: Why Is Money Important To Me?

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I've already shared two nuggets from the book The One-Page Financial Plan by Carl Richards - the importance of getting started and the true value of a human advisor. But what about the title itself? Before even reading the book, I was impatient … [Read the rest]

5% Cash Back Credit Cards: Rotating Categories Update 2015

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3rd quarter activation for 2015 now open! The credit cards below offer a hefty 5% cash back on certain categories that rotate each quarter. It takes a little extra attention, but I also rack up over a hundred dollars in additional rewards per year … [Read the rest]

Why I Hold TIPS in My Portfolio (Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities)

EconompicData has a nice, relatively brief post about the relationship between US Treasury bonds, TIPS, and inflation. I would hold either Treasuries or TIPS (or both) because they have the highest credit quality available, and that is a big part … [Read the rest]

Best Frugal Chef’s Knife – America’s Test Kitchen (For 20 Years In a Row!)

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Update: ATK just sent me a new review that considered newer chef's knives that have come onto the market, and the same knife won again! They say it has now been on top for 20 straight years. You can see the methodology and full rankings here, but … [Read the rest]

Early Retirement Portfolio Income Update, Mid 2015

The closer I get to the reality of living off of my portfolio, the more I like the idea of living off dividend and interest income. However, you can't just buy stocks with the highest dividend yields and junk bonds with the highest interest rates … [Read the rest]

Early Retirement Portfolio Asset Allocation Update, Mid 2015

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Here's a mid-year update on my investment portfolio holdings for 2015. This includes tax-deferred accounts like 401(k)s and taxable brokerage holdings, but excludes things like physical property and cash reserves (emergency fund). The purpose of … [Read the rest]

The Most Important Factor To Maximize In Your Portfolio

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When it comes to constructing an investment portfolio for yourself, there are many things you could tweak and maximize. Obviously, you can look back at historical data and maximum past annual returns while minimizing volatility. For some, this … [Read the rest]

Liquidating My LendingClub Loans Using Folio Investing

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I recently finished liquidating the remaining loans in my $5,000 LendingClub P2P portfolio, but due to a unfortunate crash I lost many of my notes and screenshots. I can still share the most important parts like my final results and selling … [Read the rest]

Financial Freedom and The Parable of the Mexican Fisherman

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In the rush of our everyday lives, it's easy to lose sight of the real reasons why we work and toil every day. Money is a tool, not the end. I've seen several versions of this parable in various books and blog posts (like here and here), but … [Read the rest]

The True Value of a Real, Human Financial Advisor

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The hot buzzword right now is "FinTech", where technology will help us manage our finances more and efficiently than before. But I've also been tracking the reasons why working with a human advisor can be worth the money and time spent. As I've … [Read the rest]