Archives for August 2009

Best Online Discount Brokers for 2016

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 […]

Published or Updated: July 18, 2016

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 recently caught my attention because […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013

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 […]

Published or Updated: July 17, 2012

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 Fill in your name and the same e-mail address […]

Published or Updated: June 6, 2013

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 […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

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 […]

Published or Updated: December 8, 2011

Prepaid Cards With Low or No Fees

It is estimated that about 40 million Americans do not have a bank account. The reasons for this vary. For many, they are unable to qualify for a bank account because of past bounced checks. Bounce too many checks, and you’ll find yourself in the Chexsystems, which many banks use to evaluate potential new banking […]

Published or Updated: October 22, 2016

Citi Private Pass Offering $5 Concert Tickets

I’ve been a banking customer with Citi for nearly 20 years. I use a Citi debit card and the Citi Platinum Select MasterCard. I chose Citi after graduating from law school for one reason and one reason only—it was across the street from my office. While that’s not how I’d recommend choosing a bank today, […]

Published or Updated: March 24, 2014

How to Plan a Funeral that Doesn’t Cost an Arm and a Leg

The memorial for Michael Jackson cost the city of Los Angeles $1.4 million, according to the Associated Press. While most of us won’t be remembered at the Staples Center in front of 11,000 people, funerals are expensive. According to the Federal Trade Commission, a traditional funeral costs about $6,000, and many funerals run well over […]

Published or Updated: November 28, 2014

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