OptionsXpress Review – Online Discount Broker

Update: OptionsXpress is no longer available. Check out our current list of the best online brokers. 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]