How to File Your Annual Tax Returns Online

Tax Article

Filing my tax returns as a teenager in the 1970’s was easy. I’d go to the post office to get the tax forms. It took me about an hour to fill them out both my state and federal returns. And then I dropped them in the mail and anxiously waited for the tax refund checks. […]

Published or Updated: October 28, 2012

A Simple Yet Profitable Call Option Strategy

The other day I was talking with a good friend named Adam about options trading. Adam use to work for a pension fund, but now crunches housing data for a think tank in Washington, D.C. When it comes to investing, he is one of the smartest guys I know, and he’s done very well for […]

Published or Updated: April 3, 2014

OptionsXpress Review – Online Discount Broker


A relatively unknown broker in the online space, OptionsXpress offers more to trading than their name would lead you to believe.  Founded a decade ago in 2000, OptionsXpress prides itself not only in its technology but its wide variety of educational tools to help both experienced and inexperienced investors. And since it has won awards […]

Published or Updated: March 21, 2012

Welcome to the Carnival of Money Stories

It’s once again time for the Carnival of Money Stories. If you are new to carnivals, they are simply a collection of blog articles around a certain theme. As you may have guessed, the Carnival of Money Stories is about our life experiences with money. Below you’ll find my editor’s picks, followed by other great […]

Published or Updated: October 28, 2012

Reader Question: How will the New Credit Card Law Affect Balance Transfer Offers

A reader recently asked whether the new credit card law that goes into effect next month will affect the richness of balance transfer offers: I was wondering what the new federal regulations/laws for credit card companies coming up in February will have on the richness of these balance transfer offers if any? Thanks! Leslie The […]

Published or Updated: March 24, 2014

11 Smart Money Moves to Supercharge Your Finances


Big things come in little packages. That’s true in a lot of areas of life, and it’s certainly true when it comes to money. In fact, some of the most important and effective money moves you can make are quick, easy, and really powerful. As we start the New Year, I thought it would be […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

ShareBuilder Review – Low Cost Automatic Investing


Of all the online discount brokers that we have reviewed, is the most unique.  Acquired by ING Direct in December of 2007, ShareBuilder is not your run of the mill online discount broker.  Without the use of brokers or stock professionals in-house, ShareBuilder has still become one of the best options for consumers within the […]

Published or Updated: February 7, 2012

HUD Launches Simplified Good Faith Estimate and HUD-1 Forms


Effective January 1, 2010, HUD regulations went into effect requiring lenders to use new Good Faith Estimate and HUD-1 forms in real estate transactions. As a real estate investor and home owner, I’ve had to read through my share of these forms, and they were long over due for an overhaul. The new forms are […]

Published or Updated: April 16, 2014

Comparison of TIPS and Series I Savings Bonds

When you think of inflation protected bonds, you probably think of TIPS. But did you know that I Bonds are also adjusted for inflation? There are, however, significant differences between TIPS and I-Bonds. Treasury Direct, which has a wealth of information on U.S. bonds, has created a handy chart explaining the difference between these two […]

Published or Updated: February 7, 2012