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Top 10 Sources to Raise Emergency Cash, Ranked

While not exactly a fun exercise, do you know where you'd turn for some extra cash in an extended emergency? Morningstar has 10 Sources of Emergency Cash, Ranked from Best to Worst which contains many good points, but I would differ in my rankings. … [Read the rest]

PenFed Credit Union $200 Checking Bonus

Update: This promotion appears to have ended early. Pentagon Federal Credit Union has a $200 bonus promotion for opening their new Access America checking account. You must deposit a minimum of $1,200, and make 5 debit card purchases within … [Read the rest]

Refinance Your Car Loan Due To Ultra-Low Interest Rates?

Many interest rates are at all-time lows right now. This means that if you have any sort of debt, you should explore refinancing. The goal is to lower your interest rate and monthly payments while paying minimal upfront costs and fees. Did … [Read the rest]

68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice by Kevin Kelly

The best thing I read this week was a "Things I've Learned..." list called 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice by Kevin Kelly - a very interesting fellow (see his bio, about me pages) who must have secretly figured out how to freeze time given all the … [Read the rest]

Best Interest Rates on Cash – May 2020

The Federal Reserve is buying everything in sight (even junk bonds apparently), so it has been rate drops all around. Bank accounts now offer much higher available rates than Treasury bonds. I'd also recommend checking on your brokerage money … [Read the rest]

Savings I Bonds May 2020 Interest Rate: 0.00% Fixed, 1.06% Inflation Rate

Update May 2020. The fixed rate will be 0.00% for I bonds issued from May 1, 2020 through October 31st, 2020. The variable inflation-indexed rate for this 6-month period will be 1.06% (as was predicted). The total rate on any specific bond is the … [Read the rest]

Reduce or Pause Auto Insurance During Coronavirus? Insure Only One Car?

Many of us are driving less these days. Nearly all of the major auto insurers are providing some sort of refund - this detailed list suggests an overall average of 15% to 25% back on two months of premiums. But what if you don't need to use your … [Read the rest]

Giving Tuesday Now – May 5th, 2020 #GivingTuesdayNow

On the Tuesday after each Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Giving Tuesday is an international day about giving support through charities and nonprofits by donating money and goods or volunteering your time. The same organization has created Giving … [Read the rest]

2020 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder Meeting Video, Transcript, and Notes

The 2020 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder Meeting was on May 2nd, 2020 and is now available as a recorded video on Yahoo Finance and a handy transcription. As usual, I recommend listening or reading on your own, as my notes always … [Read the rest]

Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meeting Full Videos, Transcripts, and Podcasts

(2020 update. The 2020 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder Meeting took place virtually with a Q&A session with Warren Buffett and Greg Abel (the likely next CEO). Right now it is available on replay at Yahoo Finance with the full transcript … [Read the rest]

Amazon Prime: $8.98 Echo Dot (3rd Gen) + Music Unlimited Trial

Update: Sold out again. Amazon has brought back a good deal for Prime members interested in a cheap Echo Dot (newest 3rd generation). Sign up for a 1-month Amazon Music Unlimited membership for $7.99, and you get can get an Echo Dot (3rd gen) … [Read the rest]

Michael Burry Recommended Investing Books List

Michael Burry became famous (at least in investing circles) due to his bold bet against mortgage-backed securities in 2008 that was chronicled in The Big Short by Michael Lewis (later a movie). He's been pretty quiet since but has resurfaced … [Read the rest]