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iShares Core ETF Expense Ratios vs. Vanguard ETF Comparison (Updated 2016)

Updated 10/12/16. 18 iShares Core ETFs now trade commission-free at Fidelity. Blackrock announced price cuts to 15 out of its 22 iShares Core ETFs last week. The iShares Core series is their low-cost, index ETF line-up targeted towards … [Read the rest]

Free 500 Virgin America Points for Newsletter Sign-Up

Get another 500 free Virgin America Elevate points when you sign up for the new Virgin America Produced e-mail newsletter. * Offer valid until October 26, 2016. Only one email address is allowed and only one set of 500 points will be awarded per … [Read the rest]

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Book Review)

I don't recall how I discovered this book, but I remember being initially skeptical. I was wary that Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts would be a poorly-written eBook with a very catchy title and … [Read the rest]

Follow-up: Georgia Tech Online Master’s Degree in Computer Science for $7,000

I'm always fascinated by the potential power of cheap, accessible education. Back in 2013, I wrote about how Georgia Tech planned to offer an online master's degree in Computer Science for only $7,000. Three years later, the NY Times has a … [Read the rest]

Schwab Index ETF Expense Ratios vs. Vanguard ETF Comparison (Updated 2016)

Schwab also had some reactionary price cuts to some of their Schwab Index ETFs last week. Here are the updated expense ratios, alongside the expense ratios of the closest equivalent ETF from Vanguard. In cases where both Vanguard and iShares … [Read the rest]

More Charts: Withdrawal Rates and Portfolio Longevity

Here's another pair of tidy charts about safe withdrawal rates, or the amount you can safely withdraw from your retirement portfolio without running out. They are taken from this Blackrock page, specifically their "one-pager" 2-page PDF. First … [Read the rest]

Platinum Delta Skymiles American Express Companion Certificate

The Delta American Express card line-up has some limited-time bonus bumps going on right now. Offer ends 11/9/16. In particular, I noticed that the Platinum Delta American Express is offering: 70,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in … [Read the rest]

Amazon Problems: Fake Product Reviews

Update: As of 10/3/16, Amazon has changed their policy and now prohibits reviews in exchange for discounted products. From the Amazon Blog: Our community guidelines have always prohibited compensation for reviews, with an exception – reviewers … [Read the rest]

Podcast Recommendation: The Distance

Many of the podcasts I listen to aren't financially-related, but I've recently been catching up The Distance Podcast which profiles the owners of private businesses that have been around for at least 25 years. Here's their own … [Read the rest]

Is There Really a Huge Loophole in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program?

The Brookings Institution came out with an interesting report titled The coming Public Service Loan Forgiveness bonanza. Here are the highlights of the paper: The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program limits your payments to 10% of … [Read the rest]

Robinhood Gold Review: $10 a Month For Extended Trading and Interest-Free Margin

The Robinhood app (my full review) became well-known for their free stock trades and sleek app-only interface. People wondered, how will they make money? Well, they just announced one way - Robinhood Gold, a premium plan starting at $10 per month … [Read the rest]

Don’t Have Prime But Shop at Amazon? Read Those Prices Carefully

ProPublica has a new article Amazon Says It Puts Customers First. But Its Pricing Algorithm Doesn’t, which outlines how Amazon does not always list the lowest price including shipping as the first available option. Here's an example they provide of … [Read the rest]