OptionsHouse Review: An Online Discount Broker with Professional Grade Trading Tools

What distinguishes one online discount broker from another? As more and more online brokers enter the low-fee arena, they each try to distinguish their trading services and cost structure from all the others. OptionsHouse has two features that set it apart from other discount brokers: (1) professional grade online trading tools, and (2) stock trades […]


The Real Cost of Using a Real Estate Agent

I knew something was amiss when my wife and I bought our first home way back in 1993. We had a “buyer’s agent” represent us. That means in theory that the agent was representing us, not the sellers. But when a problem with the inspection surfaced, our agent wanted us to eat the cost of […]


5 Alternatives to Online Savings Accounts

It’s no secret that  savings accounts are struggling to entice new customers.  With every week that passes, savings account rates are falling lower and lower. Online banks have proliferated the marketplace and boast more impressive rates overall than the bricks-and-mortar institutions, but even their yields have been anything but show-stopping.  This is all by way […]


Enough Practice – Make Your Credit Score Perfect!

A FICO credit score can determine a very large number of decisions in your life.  Where you live, what you drive, where you work and where you and or your kids go to school can depend on a 3-digit magic number.   The range of scores begins at 300, for the individuals in life that have […]


What’s the Best Way To Find Health Insurance?

In October of 2009, I decided that I would no longer run the 9-5 gauntlet. And with that decision came a few immediate changes in my life.  Working from home and for myself meant that I could set my own schedule, make my own decisions and only have myself to blame when something I’ve implemented […]


Are Bitcoins a Scam?

Editor’s Note: The numbers in this article have been updated, as of January 9, 2017. A good friend of mine and I were talking the other day and he asked me if I had ever heard of Bitcoins.  Never having read or seen anything about them before, I was amazed to hear that this was […]