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TAB Bank Kasasa Cash Checking Review: 4% APY (Up to $50k) w/ Activity Requirements

TAB Bank has a Kasasa Cash Checking account that offers 4% APY on balances up to $50,000 if you meet certain deposit activity and debit card transaction requirements. However, they include some vague language that lets them withhold your interest … [Read the rest]

Book Notes: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

I'd never heard of Shonda Rhimes before stumbling across Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person. Apparently, she created some huge TV shows (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder). However, the … [Read the rest]

Spending Diary: The Most Commonly Ignored Personal Finance Advice?

After finishing The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to Be Complicated by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack, I found it to be a solid all-around personal finance book that joins others like If You Can by William Bernstein and The Richest … [Read the rest]

The Personal Finance Index Card: Book Version Differences

After rediscovering the young adult versions of fitting personal finance advice on an index card, I decided to go back and read the book The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to Be Complicated by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack. (I was … [Read the rest]

PeerStreet Review: Stats and Returns (IRR) After 2.5 Years

Updated April 2019. I started investing in PeerStreet real-estate backed loans in July 2016. I've always like the idea of hard money loans, but I wanted more diversification as opposed to tying all my money up with one single property. For this … [Read the rest]

Blue Zones: Financial Lessons From the World’s Oldest People

While learning about Okinawan centenarians, I also came across the idea of Blue Zones - places where a high concentration of people live past 90 without chronic illnesses. While the eating habits of Blue Zone residents have been mentioned a lot, … [Read the rest]

M1 Finance $100 Brokerage Transfer Bonus

Extended through May 7th. As noted in my post on best online brokers, my favorite option in the now-crowded "robo-advisor" category is now M1 Finance. Here's a quick rundown of what makes them different: Fully customizable. You pick your own … [Read the rest]

How Often Should You Cook at Home on Weeknights?

I subscribe to a NY Times e-mail newsletter called Five Weeknight Dishes, which sends - you guessed it - five weekly "fresh dinner ideas for busy people who want something great to eat". However, one of the recent newsletters was titled How Often … [Read the rest]

Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard Review – 65,000 Bonus Miles

The Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard has an improved limited-time offer.  Here are the updated card highlights: Limited-time: Earn 65,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after $4,000 in purchases within the … [Read the rest]

Healthywage Review: Bet on Yourself, Get Paid To Lose Weight ($100 Prize Bonus)

(Update: If you missed it in January, HealthyWage is offering a $100 Prize Boost for limited-time until April 22nd. This can potentially double your winnings!) After reading academic studies which found that financial incentives were … [Read the rest]

Vanguard to Launch Low-Cost Commodity Strategy Fund

Vanguard announced in a press release that it is creating a new actively-managed mutual fund using the Bloomberg Commodity Total Return Index as a benchmark. The Vanguard Commodity Strategy Fund will have an estimated 0.20% expense ratio and June … [Read the rest]

Fundrise Starter Portfolio eREIT vs. Vanguard REIT ETF Review – Updated April 2019

Updated April 2019. This post tracks my experiment comparing a Fundrise eREIT portfolio and the Vanguard REIT ETF. In Fundrise, we have a start-up that bought a concentrated basket of roughly 20 properties chosen from the private market. In … [Read the rest]