Bitcoins and Your Financial Future

Bitcoins

The Internet is wonderfully disruptive. Travel websites have all but eliminated the need for travel agents. Online banks ushered in financial institutions without costly bank branches. Amazon walloped bookstores. Netflix killed Blockbuster. Newspapers are dying a death of a thousand clicks. The list goes on. Watching the Internet mow down established industries brings to mind […]

Published or Updated: February 28, 2014

DR 041: A Rare Glimpse into Warren Buffett’s Asset Allocation Plan (including the mutual fund he would pick)

Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger

Excerpts from Warren Buffett’s letter to Berkshire Hathaway investors have been released. In the latest excerpt, Buffett talks about investing in mutual funds, of all things. Specifically, in his will he leaves money to his wife in trust. He has provided guidance on how he thinks the trustee should invest these funds. Think he wants […]

Published or Updated: February 26, 2014

Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® Review ($400 Bonus)

Barclaycard World Arrival MasterCard

Update: The spend required to receive the 40,000 bonus miles has gone up from $1,000 to $3,000 in the first 90 days. Even so, this card still ranks as one of the most rewarding and exclusive travel cards you’ll find anywhere. When I think of a top travel rewards card, the likes of Capital One, […]

Published or Updated: May 14, 2014

DR 040: How Best to Use a Backdoor Roth IRA

Retirement Calculator

Even if you exceed the income limits for contribution to a Roth IRA, you may still be able to take advantage of this excellent additional retirement account option. You can work through what’s called a “backdoor Roth,” which basically means that you convert traditional IRA contributions into a Roth IRA. The process gets a little […]

Published or Updated: March 30, 2014

How to Find the Best Prepaid Calling Cards

Cell Phone

Google the term “prepaid calling cards,” and you’ll be hit with a dizzying array of options. But when it comes to calling cards, more options may not necessarily be better. In fact, sorting through all those calling cards can be a huge headache, to say the least – especially since many of these cards come […]

Published or Updated: February 20, 2014

DR 039: Mutual Funds vs. ETFs–Does it Really Matter?

how to invest in mutual funds

Following the conclusion of my 31-Day Money Challenge, I’ve had several people email me about the difference between mutual funds and ETFs (exchange traded funds). A quick review of opinions online may lead some to think ETFs are better than mutual funds. There is a lot of information suggesting, for example, that ETFs are less […]

Published or Updated: February 21, 2014

6 Tax Changes for Parents in 2014; I’ll be Using No. 3 to Save a Bundle

Taxes

Every year, the IRS updates tax laws to account for inflation, and this year is no different. In 2014, parents, in particular, will find several tax-related changes that may affect their credits and deductions on their 2014 taxes. Remember, changes to tax law for 2014 won’t affect you until you file your 2014 taxes in […]

Published or Updated: February 18, 2014

The Only Guide to Self-Employed Retirement Options You’ll Ever Need

IRA Recharacterization

As a self-employed individual or freelancer, you’re in a unique position when it comes to saving for retirement. You won’t get the benefit of an employer-matching 401(k), not if self-employment is your full-time gig, but you do have access to a variety of tax-advantaged retirement accounts. And you may be able to sock away more into […]

Published or Updated: April 1, 2014

Person to Person Lending Challenge

Borrow or Lend Online

A quick Google search reveals that person to person (p2p) lending and borrowing is all the rage. From the Wall Street Journal to the Huffington Post, the media dissects the p2p industry. The two giants in the field are LendingClub and Prosper, as this chart from the above WSJ article aptly demonstrates: I’ve invested in […]

Published or Updated: April 3, 2014