TIPS Auctioned at Negative Yield (And What It Means For Consumers)

Yesterday was a big day in the world of TIPS (Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities). For the first time ever, the government auctioned off 5-year TIPS at a negative yield of 0.55%. In other words, people actually paid more than the face value of the bond. So why would investors do such a thing, and more importantly, […]


When Should You Carry Only Liability Auto Insurance?

Buying a car can be an exciting time. Unfortunately, this excitement can be somewhat deflated by the prospect of choosing an insurance policy and the appropriate amount and type of coverage. In order to actually choose the best policy for your driving needs, it’s important to be educated on the different types of insurance – […]


The Best Credit Card Offers Are Online

Before the credit crunch, I often found that the credit card offers in my mailbox were better than those being offered online. But in the last two years, credit card mail offers have become less generous, while online offers have grown more competitive. Perhaps the main reason why mail offers are no longer competitive with […]


The Five Most Ticketed Automobiles

Last week, Forbes came out with an article on the five most ticketed automobiles. The study, conducted by Quality Planning, a San Francisco-based company that validates policyholder information for auto insurers looked at traffic violation data from February 2009 through February 2010. Quality Planning then counted the number of violations racked up by different car […]


The DoughRoller Weekly RoundUp (Be Sure to Vote Next Tuesday Edition)

On Tuesday, November 2nd, elections throughout the country will be held to determine seats in Congress, governors of state and many other political positions.  Even if you’re not enamored with any of your state’s candidates, I urge you to vote for the candidate you feel best fit to succeed in office.  Voting continues to be […]


5 Tips on Giving Back This Holiday Season with a Tight Budget

As the holiday season approaches (really, it will be here quicker than you know it), people are beginning to save and decide on their gift giving plan. With the economy having experienced some rough bumps this year, it’s uncertain how successful retailers will be this season. One thing is for certain, though: there has been and […]