Rob BergerRob Berger founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.

DR092: How One Doctor is Learning to Invest Like a Pro

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It all started with a simple question about dividends and mutual fund fees. A listener to the podcast named Stephanie wanted to know if a fund’s returns were after fees and dividends. (They are.) After I learned more about Stephanie’s finances and career through several email exchanges, I popped the question. No, not that question. […]

Published or Updated: July 24, 2014

DR 091: Don’t Make the Same $100,000 Retirement Mistake I Just Made

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If you have self-employed income in addition to your regular job, can you contribute to a SEP IRA even if you have a 401k at work? This question hit home for me a few years ago due to the income generated from this website. To get right to the point, the answer to the question […]

Published or Updated: July 23, 2014

DR 090: Roth vs. Traditional IRA or 401k: The Math Behind This Important Decision

Roth vs. Traditional 401k

It’s without a doubt the most frequent question I receive from readers of this blog. People want to know whether they should put their retirement savings in a Roth vs traditional IRA or 401k. I’ve written a lot about these retirement options. If you are new to retirement accounts, I’d suggest you start by reading […]

Published or Updated: July 24, 2014

DR 089: 12 Keys to Making Smart Financial Decisions (#7 is a Doozy)

12 Keys to Making Smart Financial Decisions

We face countless personal finance decisions every day. They range from the seemingly trivial (should we go out for dinner) to the more impactful (how much should we spend on a home). Yet each of these decisions work together to over a lifetime to define our finances. Over the course of running this blog since […]

Published or Updated: July 23, 2014

Best Interest Rates for July 2014

Best Interest Rates

Finding the best interest rate is a lot easier today than it was even a few years ago. Here at Dough Roller we track rates on everything from checking and savings accounts to mortgages to CDs. It occurred to me, however, that there was no one single page on the site where you could find […]

Published or Updated: July 14, 2014

DR 088: 3 Key Ratios to Evaluate Real Estate Investments (#1 is All You Really Need)

Real Estate Invesmtents

Recently a number of listeners to the podcast have asked about evaluating real estate investments. They want to know how much rent they would need to charge for a specific property to make it a “good” investment. The good news is that evaluating the numbers is really simple. Today we’ll look at 3 key ratios […]

Published or Updated: July 14, 2014

DR 087: How Natalie Graduated Debt-Free, Paid Cash for a Car, and Bought a Home (She’s Only 24!)

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You’ve probably heard a lot of stories recently about new graduates with mountains of student loan debt. It’s not uncommon to hear of students with $100,000+ in school loans. Today I wanted to share a success story with you that bucks this trend. This story is about a young woman who made different choices when […]

Published or Updated: July 13, 2014

DR 086: How to Spy on Your Own Investment Portfolio

Portfolio Performance

Recently I’ve started receiving the Morningstar Portfolio Monitor. It’s a monthly pdf that Morningstar puts together for premium members who track their portfolio using Morningstar’s Portfolio Manager. Simply put, it’s an amazing look into an investment portfolio. In this article we’ll walk through a detailed review of the Portfolio Monitor (including screenshots). At the end […]

Published or Updated: July 10, 2014

DR 085: How Your Budget and Net Worth Statements Work Together to Build Wealth

Budget and Net Worth

Many people keep some form of a budget. We use our favorite budgeting tool, YNAB. Others use a spreadsheet or pen and paper. Whatever the approach, a budget helps you understand your income and expenses. Fewer people track their net worth. A net worth statement tracks your assets and liabilities. It’s the scorecard of personal […]

Published or Updated: July 12, 2014