Best Online Discount Brokers for 2017

I‘ve been investing nearly 25 years, long before online brokers came on the scene. During that time I’ve used several of the best online discount brokers, including Scottrade, OptionsHouse, and even Vanguard’s brokerage services.  Based on that experience and a lot of research, I’ve complied this list of the top options. Note that I have […]


Sogotrade Offers Online Stock Trading for $3 Per Trade

As I search for online stock trading sites for my SEP IRA, it’s been intresting to watch the discount brokers compete on price. Zecco was one of the first deep discount brokers, offering free stock trades. They’ve since scaled that offer back, but still offer low cost trading. But Sogotrade.com recently caught my attention because […]


11 Simple Ways to Improve Your Credit Score Today

Improving your FICO credit score has never been more important than it is today. Your credit score affects whether you are approved for a loan, the interest rate your pay, and even the cost of insurance. Credit card companies now use credit scores and credit history (called risk-based pricing) to determine not only the interest […]


Zecco Offers $75 Refer a Friend Program

Update: Zecco is now TradeKing. Zecco, an online discount stock brokerage firm, is offering up to $75 for each friend you refer to Zecco. And the program is really easy to use. If you currently are signed up with Zecco, just follow these steps: Visit http://hello.zecco.com/raf/index.html Fill in your name and the same e-mail address […]


11 Things We All Buy, But Don’t Need

Particularly in financially difficult times, the last thing we should do is spend money on stuff we don’t need or even want. Yet that’s exactly what many of us do. I’m guilty of it, even though avoiding these expenses is really easy to do. So I thought it would be a good time to put […]


Are Student Credit Cards Evil?

A few days ago we wrote about two Citi student credit cards that are offering double rewards for three months. In response, a reader calling herself “Wilt’s Mom” wrote the following comment: Awesome! Providing credit cards to people who don’t even have an education yet – never mind a job – is one of my […]