30 Things I Learned in My First 30 Days of Blogging

Thirty days ago I published the first article on The Dough Roller. At the time, I had no idea just how humbling the first 30 days of blogging can be. With that in mind, here are 30 things I’ve learned in my first 30 days of blogging: 1. It turns out, Furl is not something […]

Published or Updated: March 1, 2014

Large Cap vs. Mid Cap vs. Small Cap Mutual Funds

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Large cap vs. mid cap vs. small cap: What’s the difference, and why does it matter to an asset allocation plan and a well diversified portfolio? These are important questions for every investor to answer. So first, let’s talk about market capitalization, and then we’ll talk about why it matters. Market capitalization (or market cap, […]

Published or Updated: March 1, 2014

$54 Million And The Pantsless Plaintiff–Whose to Blame?

This is a story about a man seeking a pound of flesh. If you haven’t heard, on Monday a judge threw out a lawsuit seeking $54 million for a pair of pants that a dry cleaners lost. To make matters worse, the pantsless plaintiff is an Administrative Law Judge. Now, in all fairness to him, […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013

106th Edition of Carnival of Personal Finance

91 Ways to Wealth: The Carnival of Personal Finance, Epic Journey Edition is up at The Digerati Life. My article on How Half a Percent Can Ruin Your Retirement was included in the carnival. Thanks, Digerati Life. Here some of the articles I found particularly noteworth: When Can You Retire? @ Lazy Man and Money: […]

Published or Updated: March 30, 2012

A Frugal Way to Buy a Mac or iPod

I‘m a Mac addict. And now that Macs use Intel chips and can run Windows, I’ll never buy another PC again. A few months back I bought a 20″ iMac and saved $200. How? I bought a refurbished iMac directly from Apple. It came with the same warranty as a full-priced iMac, was shipped to […]

Published or Updated: March 30, 2012

Stocks vs Bonds

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Understanding the differences between stocks vs bonds is critical to asset allocation. The allocation between stocks and bonds is one of the most significant indicators of the risks and rewards of an investment portfolio. A stock fund buys shares of publicly traded companies, each share representing a small, fractional ownership interest in the company that […]

Published or Updated: March 30, 2012

How to Invest Like a Pro

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My wife and I had a eye-opening conversation about investing the other day. We were discussing our investments, which I manage. The conversation drifted to how my wife would handle our investments should I die. That’s when things got interesting. The long and short of it is that my wife is simply not comfortable making […]

Published or Updated: August 9, 2013

Motivation and Money Tip # 8: Listen

Struggling financially can be a lonely business. Often times we don’t want to tell others about our financial turmoil. Even husbands and wives sometimes won’t talk to each other about a money problem, particularly if the other doesn’t know about the $500 that was charged to the Visa credit card. And eventually, we can convince […]

Published or Updated: March 22, 2012

“Holy Balance Transfer Fee, Batman! That 0% Credit Card Cost Me 6%!”

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I just hate misleading advertising, don’t you? The other day I received an offer for my AT&T Universal Card for a balance transfer at 0% interest until January 1, 2008. Zero percent credit card deals can be a great way to save money, which is the hallmark of smarter money management. But as always, I […]

Published or Updated: May 22, 2011