The Complete Guide to Life Insurance

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Single or married, young or old, many of us should have some sort of life insurance. But wading through the sea of information on life insurance can be confusing and complicated. This guide will help you decide whether to get life insurance, figure out which type will best meet your needs, and shop around for […]

Published or Updated: October 29, 2013

5 Things We Now Know About Obamacare

Obamacare Costs

We’ve learned a lot about Obamacare in the past week. While the trouble with the HealthCare.gov website has monopolized the news, the site will eventually get fixed. What’s here to stay, however, are the lasting changes the Affordable Care Act has made to health care and medical insurance. Here are the five things we now […]

Published or Updated: April 16, 2014

5 Ways to Send Your Car Insurance Payments Sky-High

Car Insurance

The more I drive, the more I’m aware of one thing: The roads are jammed with drivers who couldn’t seem to care less about the high cost of operating a motor vehicle. Racing to red lights, making like jackrabbits from stop signs, maniacally risking rollovers and head-on collisions, they appear intent on driving themselves to […]

Published or Updated: April 3, 2014

Consumer Reports Releases Car Reliability Rankings (2013)

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Cconsumer Reports has just released its car reliability rankings for 2013. As expected, non-domestic auto manufacturers dominated the top ten spots. There were, however, some surprises. Consumer Reports no longer recommends the Toyota Camry because of less than stellar results on a new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test. Volvo jumped a whopping 13 […]

Published or Updated: October 29, 2013

The Definitive Guide to Social Security Benefits

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If you’re like most Americans, Social Security is a big piece of your retirement plan. And if you’re like most Americans, you don’t know how much Social Security to count on or when to start taking benefits. It’s no surprise that this government-run system is pretty complicated and jargony. But the complication of the Social Security […]

Published or Updated: October 28, 2013

A Brief History of Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Saving Time is the semi-annual ritual of setting our clocks one hour forward or back depending on the season. “Spring forward. . .fall back” is the familiar reminder of which direction we should adjust our clocks. But why do we have DST and where did it come from? It turns out that Daylight Saving […]

Published or Updated: October 28, 2013

Vanguard Managed Payout Fund–A Simplified Strategy for Retirement Income

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Simpler is better. Wouldn’t it be great if retirees could invest in a single mutual fund that (1) invested their nest egg wisely, and (2) automatically distributed retirement income each month? Enter the Vanguard Managed Payout Fund. A reader named Paul alerted me to this option the other day. It turns out that Vanguard had […]

Published or Updated: October 28, 2013

The Homeowner’s Guide to Money-Saving DIY Home Maintenance

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*Please note that Dough Roller has no affiliation with the videos included in this 12-part series. We’ve simply selected what we think are the best videos available on YouTube for each of the home maintenance topics discussed below. There’s no doubt about it, being a homeowner is a big job. If you’ve rented in the […]

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Published or Updated: October 24, 2013

How to Respond to a Stock Market Crash

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Today is the 26th anniversary of the 1987 stock market crash. On that day, the market plunged more than 22 percent. While the ’87 crash is a distant memory, it serves as a good reminder that the market doesn’t always go up. More importantly, how prepared are we to handle a market crash? I can […]

Published or Updated: October 28, 2013