How College Cost Me $1.6 Million

Is anything in life priceless? Should we spend millions of dollars searching for a lost hiker? If not, at what cost do we suspend the search? Is there a limit to what we should spend on medical services to help a sick loved one? If so, what’s the spending limit? And more to the point […]


My One Money Advice

I‘ve been tagged, and it isn’t pretty. Cruising through my RSS feed today I noticed that Plonkee Money tagged me with something called a MOMA meme. Naturally, I starting running in circles shouting, “Get it off, get it off!” My family just stared at me, so I sat back down and fired up my good […]


The New Investor’s Toolkit

One of my goals at the Dough Roller is to inform and encourage those who have never invested, are new to investing or have invested without giving it much thought. Recently I wrote about helping a close relative to start investing in her company’s 401(k). In discussing the situation with her, I realized that one […]


Miles Levin Remembered

The blogging community lost a good soul this past Sunday. His name was Miles Levin. He was six days shy of his 19th birthday. He started blogging in 2005 and talked about his battle with a pediatric cancer called alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that strangles the muscle tissues. A few months ago, recognizing that death […]


Asset Allocation in Action–Should a Diversified Portfolio Include a REIT Mutual Fund?

We discussed REITs in the first part of this series. Now let’s look at why you should consider including them in your portfolio. The main benefit of REITs, in my view, is diversity. REITs are one of the few asset classes that are not highly correlated to the S&P 500. That means that the performance […]


The Greatest Risk to an Investor’s Portfolio is . . .

the investor! With the exception of last Friday, the past few weeks have not been much fun for the equity investor. However, I’ve been alarmed at some PF bloggers and readers who seem to be advocating selling some or all of their investments. Why? Because the mortgage crisis has spooked the market? So what? The […]