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.

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving 2014

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving!  Last week in the newsletter I asked folks to share one thing they are thankful for.  The replies were inspiring, and in some cases, shined hope on what were dark situations. Here are the replies: Charles:  The beginning of healing in the shattered relationship with my parents. Teri:  Thankful for a roof over […]

Published or Updated: November 27, 2014

DR 132: Robo Advisors–The Pros and Cons

Robo Advisors

The first so called Robo Advisor I recall is Betterment. Several years ago I met its founder, Jon Stein, and recently interviewed him for the podcast. Since then I’ve used or evaluated Motif Investing, Acorns, Wealth Front, Future Advisors, and JemStep. I’ve also used extensively the free Financial Dashboard offered by Personal Capital. It was […]

Published or Updated: November 26, 2014

DR 131: Retirement Plan Options for Small Businesses–An Interview with Fidelity’s Brian Hogan

One of the biggest surprises for me as a blogger was the retirement plan options available to a small business owner. While a 401k maximum contribution is $17,500 (as of 2014) and an IRA is $5,500 (as of 2014), as a small business owner I can sock away more than $50,000 a year. It almost […]

Published or Updated: November 24, 2014

DR 130: The #1 Way to Save Money Is . . .

Save

The many ways to save money are limited only by our imagination. That’s why I asked the readers of the Dough Roller Newsletter their #1 money saving tip. In past weeks they have given some great replies to other questions: What is your favorite book about money? Where do you keep your emergency fund? What […]

Published or Updated: November 26, 2014

DR 129: 5 Simple Strategies to Stay Productive Working from Home (bet you never thought of #5)

Home Office

I‘ve struggled with productivity for years. Give me a deadline and I can work like a rented mule. Leave me to my own devices, however, and I’m as productive as carefree summer day at the beach. This really came to light for me when I started working from home. With no supervisors and few hard […]

Published or Updated: November 20, 2014

DR 128: What All Kids Should Know About Saving & Investing–An Interview with Author Rob Pivnick

What All Kids Should Know About Saving and Investing

With a son and daughter now grown, I often wonder how well I prepared them to handle finances. While they are both now in their early 20’s, the truth is that their financial education is far from over. I continue to work with them on everything from budgeting to investing. And that’s why Rob Pivnick’s […]

Published or Updated: November 18, 2014

DR 127: iQuantifi–Interview with its Founder Tom White

Financial Goals

Robo-advisors are all the rage today. These online tools help automate investing, from picking an asset allocation plan to buying the mutual funds or ETFs to rebalancing. What they don’t do, however, is help us with broader financial planning tasks. Enter iQuantifi. Founded by Tom White, a former financial planner and investment advisor, iQuantifi is […]

Published or Updated: November 17, 2014

DR 126: The Most Popular Personal Finance Books

The Millionaire Next Door

In last week’s newsletter I asked the following question: What is your favorite book about money. Some of the responses listed popular books. Some mentioned books that were new to me. Here are the results: The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley Ph.D: By far the most popular response, this book is one of […]

Published or Updated: November 24, 2014

DR 125: A Podcast Listener Interviews . . . Me

doughroller-podcast

It was bound to happen sooner or later. It started with an innocent email from a listener of the Dough Roller Money Podcast. They asked if I would dedicate a show to talking about . . . me. For better or worse, they wanted to know about the guy behind the mic. Do that triggered […]

Published or Updated: November 17, 2014