How to buy partial shares of Berkshire Hathaway with ShareBuilder

As you may know, I’ve decided to invest roughly 50% of the earnings from The Dough Roller in B shares of Berkshire Hathaway. (The other half goes to charity.) I say roughly half goes to the B share because a small portion of the 50% I keep goes to loans on Prosper and Lending Club. […]

Published or Updated: March 15, 2013

Checklist for Life – An Inventory of All Your Financial Information

Huntington Bank just released what it calls a Checklist for Life. Checklist for Life is a seven page PDF document that allows you to keep an inventory of all your financial information. The idea behind the checklist is to encourage people to begin thinking about estate planning. Here’s how Huntington describes the Checklist: Many people […]

Published or Updated: May 29, 2011

Get Paid to Interview for Jobs!??

  No, I’m not making this up. A new online service claims it will pay you to interview for jobs, on average $300 – $600 per interview. NotchUp is an online company that aims to take the hassle and cost out of placing “top-tier candidates” with employers. And it boasts that it has signed up […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013

Voyant Introduces Free DIY Financial Planning Tool at Demo 08

“Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. If Voyant’s newly released online financial planning tool has anything to say about it, failing to plan will be a thing of the past. Voyant showcased its free financial planning tool at DEMO 08 being held this week in Palm Desert, CA. I’ve spent some time using […]

Published or Updated: June 6, 2013

Idea Shower Firefox Extension: A Great Way to Store Online Information

The Internet offers a wealth of information about personal finance and investing. Whether its a news item, a new online tool you want to try out, or information to help make you a better investor, all this information can be overwhelming. I’ve tried everything from e-mailing a link to myself to using bookmarks, but somehow […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013

Richard Ferri on whether an investor should buy ETFs or mutual funds

Should investors buy ETFs or mutual funds? The answer is, it depends. It depends on the priorities an investor has. There are three factors driving the decision: costs, custody, and convenience. The weight that each person places on each of these three factors will determine whether they will be happier with ETFs or mutual funds. […]

Published or Updated: May 28, 2014

Congress to Pass Stimulus Package While the Band Plays On

Fears of recession combined with an election year equal a chicken in every pot. The chicken that congressional leaders and the White House cooked up yesterday will cost our grandchildren about $150 billion plus interest. That’s right, the government is passing out money to the tune of $600 to $1,200 for most taxpayers in the […]

Published or Updated: October 19, 2011

World Markets Plunge: What should investors do (a multiple choice question)?

World markets plunged yesterday. Just to recap: Britain’s benchmark FTSE-100: -5.5% France’s CAC-40 Index: -6.8% Germany’s blue-chip DAX 30: -7.2% India’s benchmark stock index: -7.4% Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index: -5.5% Canada’s S&P/TSX composite index: -4.8% Brazilian stocks: -6.6% Argentina’s Merval index: -6.3% About the only market not to decline was the U.S. markets, because […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013

A Visual Guide to Lending Money with Prosper’s New Portfolio Plans

Recently I described how I overcame my fear of P2P lending. One factor that encouraged me to dive into peer to peer lending was Prosper’s new Portfolio Plans. With these plans, you can quickly and easily select the types of loans you want to make, and then leave all of the hard work up to […]

Published or Updated: March 23, 2012