Schwab Matches Mutual Fund and ETF Expense Ratios, Now $4.95 Trades

Update: Schwab has matched Fidelity's price cut at $4.95 per trade + $0.65 per options contract, effective March 3, 2017. See press release for details. Everyone is battling for your assets and the ability to scale. (TD Ameritrade also announced … [Read the rest]

How to Minimize Investment Returns – By Warren Buffett

At the bottom of the Berkshire Hathaway 2016 Annual Report, you may not have noticed that Warren Buffett republished a previous article from the 2005 annual report titled "How to Minimize Investment Returns". A version become the first chapter … [Read the rest]

Fidelity Investments Stock and ETF Trades now $4.95

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Fidelity Investments has announced their online stock and ETF trades will now cost $4.95, down from $7.95 previously. The press release also points out that they also do not accept payment for order flow (unlike TD Ameritrade, Schwab, and E-Trade), … [Read the rest]

Berkshire Hathaway 2016 Annual Letter by Warren Buffett

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Berkshire Hathaway (BRK) released its 2016 Letter to Shareholders [pdf] over the weekend. Although the financial media will create some catchy headlines, I recommend reading it for yourself. It is only roughly 30 pages long and is always written in … [Read the rest]

Food Rankings: Most Protein Per Dollar, Caffeine Per Dollar

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A while back I did a post on What Does 200 Calories Cost? The Economics of Obesity, where I found that you can find the cheapest calories in things like flour, pasta, oil, bread, and doughnuts. Meanwhile, the most expensive calories included all … [Read the rest]

Infographic: It’s Never Too Late To Start

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There's a new movie out about Ray Kroc and McDonald's called The Founder. Did you know that Kroc was selling milkshake machines into his 50s until he stumbled on a pair of brothers buying a ton of milkshake machines for their new hamburger … [Read the rest]

Amazon Promo: $8.62 off $50+ Order (2/22 Only)

In case you don't visit every day (which is probably a good thing), Amazon.com is giving $8.62 off $50+ orders with promo code BIGTHANKS. Valid until 11:59pm Pacific 2/22 only. Must be shipped and sold by Amazon. If you need filler ideas, you … [Read the rest]

Municipal Bonds vs. US Treasury Bond Yield Comparison

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As a follow-up to my post on the risks of investing in bonds, I should share that a slight majority of my personal bond holdings are in short-term and intermediate-term municipal bonds. Why? Well, here are some considerations if you are choosing … [Read the rest]

Shelter Institute: Learn How to Build Your Own House in 2 Weeks

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While listening to a Tim Ferriss podcast with guest Mr. Money Mustache, I came across this quote from John Taylor Gatto in the comments. Apparently Gatto was not a fan of compulsory schooling and offered this instead: I want to give you a … [Read the rest]

Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card 75,000 Point Offer Review

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Update - This offer is now EXPIRED The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card, from our partner Citi, is offering a limited-time bonus increase. Here are the highlights: Earn 75,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after making $2,000 in … [Read the rest]

Understanding the Risks and Downsides of Bonds

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To get the full return of any asset class, you'll have to own it through the good times and the bad times. The good times are easy, but getting through the bad times requires deeper understanding and faith. You'll usually hear this about holding … [Read the rest]

Opinions Take Flight: Reset Your Hawaiian Miles Expiration

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Opinions Take Flight is a consumer survey panel that gives out Hawaiian Airlines Miles instead of cash. Their current promotion is 350 HawaiianMiles for joining and completing your first survey. I usually find these survey panels too tedious to … [Read the rest]