Investment Returns Ranked Annually by Asset Class 1995-2014

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Every year, investment consultant firm Callan Associates updates a neat visual representation of the relative performance of 8 major asset classes over the last 20 years. You can find the most recent one below (view as PDF), which covers 1995 to … [Read the rest]

Simple Living and Minimalist Parenting Quotes

I was catching up on some long reads and finished the article When Mommy and Daddy Took the Toys Away which explored parents who are simplifying by keeping their kid's toys and other material goods to a minimum. Only having a few toys? Not … [Read the rest]

TurboTax 2014 Feature Change + Free H&R Block Offer + Free TurboTax Upgrade

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It's that time of year again, where we await our W-2 and 1099 forms and decide which tax software to use. I'm working on product-specific reviews, but for now I figured I'd summarize the drama surrounding TurboTax 2015 for those that don't follow … [Read the rest]

T-Mobile Free 7-Day Test Drive Review

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I'm nearing the end of my contract, and I've been tempted by T-Mobile's aggressive promotions like 4 lines for $100 and most recently free rollover data. But I worry about their coverage. Then I learned of the Free T-Mobile Test Drive where you can … [Read the rest]

IRS Estimated Taxes Due Dates 2015

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If you have self-employment or other income outside of your W-2 paycheck this year, you may need to send the IRS some money before the usual tax-filing time. Here are the due dates for paying quarterly estimated taxes in 2015; they are supposed to … [Read the rest]

Save Money: Bring Your Own Cable Modem & Stop Paying Crazy Rental Fees

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Updated. According to this CNN Money article, both Comcast and Time Warner are jacking up their modem rental fees again for 2015. Time Warner will now charge $8 a month, up 33% from $5.99. Comcast will now charge $10 month, up 25% from … [Read the rest]

Stat of the Day: Kindle Unlimited Author Reimbursement

Amazon's Kindle Unlimited is an eBook subscription service that lets you "borrow" an unlimited amount of books from their catalog for $9.99 a month. You won't find many personal finance and investing books from major publishers on KU, but the … [Read the rest]

Slate from Chase: 0% APR For 15 Months + NO Balance Transfer Fee for 60 Days!

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Looking to pay down debt in 2015? Transfer your balances to the Chase Slate Card and get 0% APR For 15 Months and pay NO BALANCE TRANSFER FEE if done within 60 days of account opening. You won't pay any more interest until 2016, and all your money … [Read the rest]

Citi® Double Cash Card Review: 1.99 or 2% Cash Back Credit Card

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Citi has an all-new cash back credit card and it is actually quite compelling. With the Citi® Double Cash Card, as the name suggests you earn cash back twice: 1% unlimited cash back on every purchase you make An additional 1% unlimited cash … [Read the rest]

Pointshound Promo: 100 Free American Airlines Miles

PointsHound is a new hotel reservation site that lets you earn frequent flier miles and other loyalty currencies when making a hotel booking. For example, you could earn American Airlines miles by staying at a small boutique hotel. It seems … [Read the rest]

Back to Basics: Simplify and Automate Your Savings

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Let's take a step back and focus on some actionable tips to simplify and automate your savings. Think of it as knocking out your New Year's Resolution in just 10 minutes or less. New Year's resolutions fail because willpower is like a muscle. … [Read the rest]

Early Retirement Portfolio Income Update, Year-End 2014

When investing, should you focus on income or total return? I like the idea of living off dividend and interest income, but I also think it is easy for people to reach too far for yield and hurt their overall returns. But what is too far? … [Read the rest]