Archives for August 2014

DR 101: Should You Use an HSA for Retirement Savings

Should you use a Health Savings Account (HSA) to save for retirement? That’s the question a listener to the Dough Roller Money Podcast asked recently. Here’s Mike’s email: Hi Rob, I have a question about my HSA at work. I have about $14,000 in it. I have not used it at all in the past […]

Published or Updated: August 28, 2014 Rewards Visa Card Review

A reader named Harold emailed my recently. We discussed a number of topics, one of which was the Rewards credit card. Here’s what Harold had to say: would mention one more to you..the Amazon visa. I’ve been using it over the past year and very happy with it. You get 1% match on everything, […]

Published or Updated: August 25, 2014

How to Calculate Investment Returns–A Simple Approach

I‘ve had several readers email me about how to calculate investment returns. It seems like it should be a simple task. We all have ready access to our mutual fund and brokerage accounts. These accounts often report a performance measure of some sort. Surely we can bring all of this information into one place to […]

Published or Updated: August 28, 2014

100 Ways to Improve Your Finances (Most in Under 10 Minutes)

To commemorate the 100th episode of the Dough Roller podcast, I pulled together 100 ways to improve your finances. Let’s get started. 1. Balance your checkbook: Balancing a checkbook helps you focus on where you’ve spent your money and it ensures your bank hasn’t made any mistakes. With the help of budgeting tools such as […]

Published or Updated: May 19, 2015

Should You Consolidate Debt with LendingClub or Prosper?

LendingClub recently launched a new section of its website that lists statistics about borrowers and lenders. One data point that caught my eye is that about 50% of all LendingClub loans are for debt consolidation. Actually, at one point nearly 60% of all borrowers reported that they intended to use the loan to consolidate debt, […]

Published or Updated: November 5, 2015

DR 099: 5 Gotchas with Commissioned Based Brokers

A reader we’ll call Frank recently emailed me about his advisor (we covered part of his email about dividends here). She had placed him in A shares of American Fund mutual funds. This told me he was working with a commissioned-based broker, as these mutual funds charge a sales fee of 5.75% to compensate the […]

Published or Updated: August 16, 2014

DR 098: Dividend Investing (Part 2): Mutual Funds and Dividends

We began our series on dividend investing by examining the ins and outs of dividends. Today we continue the series by looking at how dividends work with mutual funds and whether the yield on a fund should be a key consideration in our investing decisions. This topic came to light from an email I received […]

Published or Updated: August 12, 2014

DR 097: 3 Key Changes Just Made to the FICO Credit Scoring Formula

The Fair Isaac Corp., better known as FICO, has introduced three major changes to its secret credit scoring formula. The changes relate to items referred to collections, medical debt, and consumers with limited credit history. ¬†Believe it or not, these changes may result in higher scores for many consumers. Here are details on the three […]

Published or Updated: August 10, 2014

DR 096: Dividend Investing (Part 1)–What are Stock Dividends?

One of my favorite aspects of investing is receiving a dividend payment. Each month I look to see how much I earned in dividends, and I track this amount yearly. In fact, dividends play a significant role in my investment policy related to individual stocks. With the exception of Berkshire Hathaway, every business whose shares […]

Published or Updated: August 16, 2014

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