Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard Review: $400 Bonus Value + 2.2% Cash Back Towards Any Travel


(Update: The spending requirement to get this 40,000 point bonus has increased from $1,000 within 3 months to $3,000 within 3 months. This makes the offer more aligned with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card with a similar 40,000 point bonus. So if … [Read the rest]

OptionsHouse Free iPad Mini Promotion

Online stock brokerage firm OptionsHouse has a promotion where new customers* can get a free iPad Mini (16gb WiFi model w/ Retina display, $399 value) if you satisfy the following requirements: $10,000 minimum funding required Must fund within … [Read the rest]

Groupon $10 off $40 Code – Presidents Day Weekend

Presidents Day Weekend Special. Get $10 off a Groupon of $40 or more (Local deals only) with promo code 10OFF40LOCAL. Valid 2/15 through 2/17 at 11:59pm PST. … [Read the rest]

LivingSocial 20% Off Code – Presidents Day Weekend

Presidents Day Weekend Special. Get 20% off at with promo code 2014PRESDAY. Valid 2/15 through 2/17 at 11:59pm PST. Good for purchases of any amount, but maximum discount is $20. Savings will be reflected on the final purchase … [Read the rest]

Square Cash: Send/Request Money Via Debit Card For Free + $1 Carrot


Square, known for helping people accept credit cards with smartphones, has expanded another feature called Square Cash. Yes, it's yet another attempt at simplifying person-to-person payments, but this time all you need is e-mail and a debit card … [Read the rest]

World Stock Market Cap Breakdown by Country: 1900 vs. 2013


When learning about investing, it is good to remember that nearly all the "commonly accepted advice" out there is based on at most 100 years of historical returns. Meanwhile, many of us still have 50 or more years ahead of us. Is that enough … [Read the rest]

Discover Card 5% Back at Chevron and Texaco Gas Stations


Just saw this today while filling up at a Chevron. Discover cardholders can get 5% cashback at Chevron and Texaco gas stations from now until March 31st, 2014. Subject to a cap of $250 in purchases. Must sign up first by going to … [Read the rest]

Beware Recurring Preapproved Payments on PayPal – Skype Account Hacked


Tonight, I got several email confirmations for separate €25 Paypal payments to "Skype Communications Sarl". Thing is, I haven't used Skype in years. At first I thought it was just another phishing attempt. But the domain on the e-mail checked o … [Read the rest]

Free eBook: The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles


I saw that a book called The Science of Getting Rich was temporarily free at the Amazon Kindle store, so I checked it out as with most financially-related titles. Surprisingly, it had over 300 reviews with a 4.3/5 star rating, quite rare for a free … [Read the rest]

The Importance of Calculating After-Tax Returns

Gus Sauter, former CIO at Vanguard, talks about the need to focus on after-tax investment returns in an interview with the WSJ (found via Abnormal Returns). He answers the question What’s your most important tax advice for mutual-fund i … [Read the rest]

Index Fund vs. Hedge Funds: Buffett $1,000,000 Bet Update

Carol Loomis of Fortune has just posted the 6-year update in Fortune of the $1,000,000 index fund vs. hedge fund bet between Warren Buffett and a successful hedge fund manager. The hedge funds were in the lead early on, but started lagging behind … [Read the rest]

Costco New Membership Discount – LivingSocial

LivingSocial has a special Costco Wholesale membership deal where for $55 you can get $104.47 in value: 1-year Gold Star membership ($55 normally) $20 Costco Cash card $29.47 in food voucher and coupons (free Kirkland Signature™ 48-pack of A … [Read the rest]