Invest Like a Monkey–An Online Tool to Put Your Investing Genius to the Test

Did you ever wonder just how well you could pick stocks if you managed a mutual fund or hedge fund? Well, if you don’t have a few billion dollars lying around to start your own fund, there’s a free solution called Tipping Monkey. Tipping Monkey is a free service that allows you to create an […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013

Welcome to MSN Money Readers and Buying the B Share (Nov 2007 Progress Report)

Yesterday MSN Money featured my article on Slow Motion Retirement. It was linked on the front page of MSN, and generated a lot of visitors to this site. I want to thank the folks at MSN, who have been wonderful to work with over the past few weeks. In addition, MSN’s Smart Spending money blog […]

Published or Updated: March 23, 2012

Pulse: A Free Online Cash Flow Management Tool for Small Business

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If you are planning to start a small business or are already running one, a free online cash flow management tool may be just what you need. Enter Pulse. As described by the company, Pulse “is a web-based cash flow management tool that allows you to easily monitor the heartbeat of your small business – […]

Published or Updated: May 23, 2011

Saturday Night at the Movies: Overcoming Fear and Finding Meaning in Life (The Truman Show)

Saturday Night at the Movies uses great films to explore some aspect of personal finance. Published Saturdays at 7 PM, get your front row seat by subscribing to The Dough Roller. The Truman Show, starring Jim Carrey as Truman, is a story about a man who since birth has lived inside a giant Hollywood dome, […]

Published or Updated: May 23, 2011

The SEC proposes rules to simplify a mutual fund’s prospectus

A prospectus is the primary selling document for a mutual fund. Federal securities laws and regulations require mutual funds to distribute a prospectus to all current and prospective investors. A fund must update its prospectus at least once a year, and the content of a prospectus is dictated by federal law. If you’ve ever read […]

Published or Updated: April 9, 2014

20 Model Asset Allocations With Specific Mutual Fund Suggestions

For mutual fund investors, two factors that play a significant role in the total return of the investments are expenses and asset allocation. I’ve written on both topics, which you can check out in How to Find The Hidden Cost of Mutual Funds and in The Beginner’s Guide to Asset Allocation. Today I want to […]

Published or Updated: April 3, 2014

A YouTube Video on How to Make Money in Second Life

My previous post described how some residents of Second Life are making real world money. I also wanted to pass along a YouTube video that describes some ways to make extra income in the virtual world. One thing it describes is First Land, which allows new residents to buy a plot of virtual land for […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013

How to Earn a Second Income in Your ‘Second Life’

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If the title to this article mystifies you, please allow me to be the first to welcome you to middle age. As of two months ago, this middle-ager had never heard of Second Life, or SL as it’s called. In fact, it’s hard enough for me to keep my first life on track, never mind […]

Published or Updated: March 15, 2013

How To Be Thankful When Life Is Tough

Have you experienced times when being thankful was really hard? I have. I’ve gone through difficult times when it’s hard to think about anybody but myself. One thing that helps me, though, is recognizing that I’m not alone and that others have gone through similar difficulties. In fact, many have gone through far worse than […]

Published or Updated: May 23, 2011