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Private Equity Funding: Good Investment Opportunity?

I ran across this website recently, Pac Equities, Inc. It seems like they do private equity funding - that is, lend money to real estate developers who cannot get funding via conventional means (aka a bank?). I know nothing more about this than … [Read the rest]

E-Trade is interested in buying Ameritrade Brokerage

This is not good. According to various sources, including this article at ABC News and one in the SF Chronicle, E-Trade is looking to buy Ameritrade. Boo. I especially like the quote "Every one of these brokers has customers because of a negative … [Read the rest]

Book Review: The Informed Investor

Ok, so The Informed Investor by Frank Armstrong III has been sitting on my nightstand, often being overlooked for my Car & Driver magazine for a couple months now. Not because it is a bad book, but mostly because all the money I plan on … [Read the rest]

Stupid Investment of the Week

Every Friday, Chuck Jaffe at CBS Marketwatch posts an article about a shady investment opportunity, aptly named the Stupid Investment of the Week (this week's article). I first ran across this column while researching an ad I saw in the local … [Read the rest]

May 2005 Financial Status / Net Worth Update

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Only 2 days left to enter MyMoneyBlog Giveaway! (Open to ALL)

Just a friendly reminder to enter the MyMoneyBlog Giveaway if you want a free chance to win a free music CD or Starbucks card. It's open to all, but as of right now only 10 people have entered. So they have a 50/50 chance of winning right now! … [Read the rest]

New Savings Bonds Rates Announced – I-Bonds More Attractive at 4.8%

As of May 1st, the Treasury announced that I-Bonds bought from now until 10/05 will earn 4.8%. The fixed component is up from 1.0% to 1.2%, and the inflation-indexed component rises to 3.6%. (For more on how I-bonds work, please see this previous … [Read the rest]

Making a Budget, Part 1: Fixed Expenses

Ok, I'm slowly getting my transactions all categorized, one by one, into personal finance software, but I'm going to take a break and look at what fixed expenses, or bills that I get every single month, and see if there is any fat to cut. Using my … [Read the rest]

Budgeting areas to watch, and Free Budgeting Spreadsheet

As other bloggers have mentioned, USA Today is currently doing a six-week series on how to go on a "Financial Diet". Nothing ground-breaking, but it's a pretty good read with stories from real-life families and tips on how to reduce debt and save … [Read the rest]

MyMoneyBlog Giveaway – Promote this site, Plug your site, Win Free Stuff!

(I just want to make it clear that anyone can enter, even if you don't have a website!) Ok, other than hating both Money and Quicken this week, I've decided to have a little giveaway/contest! This is my first try at this, so forgive me if I do … [Read the rest]

Quicken’s Dirty Little Secret

Ok, after digging a little bit more about how to manually import my transactions from VirtualBank and Presidential Bank into Quicken 2005, I find out... I can't. Not only that, the reason is just stupid greed in my opinion. Both Microsoft Money … [Read the rest]

Bought Quicken 2005 Deluxe to compare with Money 2005

Ok, so after "reconciling" tons of transactions with Money 2005, I went ahead and purchased Quicken 2005 on the way home yesterday. I figure, the $60 is worth it in the long run if I can get my budget in order and improve on it, and I got MS Money … [Read the rest]