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.

The Best Interest Rates for August 2015

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 arortgages to CDs. It occurred to me, however, that there was no one single page on the site where you could find the […]

Published or Updated: August 2, 2015

A Free Service To Manage Your Child’s College Fund

Free Service to Manage Your Child's College Fund

Investing for a child’s education is not for the faint of heart. It’s much harder than investing for retirement. With retirement you have decades to plan, adjust investment choices, and to address any financial mistakes you’ve made. Saving for college doesn’t offer such luxuries. What’s particularly challenging with investing for a child’s education is the […]

Published or Updated: August 3, 2015

6 Websites to Help You Find the Cheapest Textbooks

6 Websites to Buy and Sell College Text Books

Students spend thousands on textbooks. It doesn’t matter what field you’re studying. Literature? You’ve got to buy thirty-five novels for every class. Science or math major? Textbooks for these classes routinely cost upwards of $100 or more. But there are ways to get ahead of the curve on textbooks, and great ways to save money. […]

Published or Updated: July 27, 2015

How To Apply ‘Getting Things Done’ To Your Finances

How to Apply "Getting Things Done" to Your Finances

Recently I read the 2015 edition of David Allen’s widely popular book, Getting Things Done—The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. The previous edition was an eye-opener for me, although to be honest, I didn’t implement his system. This time is different. I’ve jumped head first into the GTD cult. In this article I’m going to walk […]

Published or Updated: July 23, 2015

The Ultimate Retirement Calculator (and it’s free)

Ulitmate Retirement Calculator

Personal Capital first introduced what is by far the best financial dashboard I’ve used. It’s a free online tool that tracks everything from your bank accounts to your investments. It comes with great graphs and charts that show your asset allocation, investing costs, and cash flow. Now they’ve introduced an equally impressive retirement calculator. I […]

Published or Updated: July 9, 2015

How One Guy Traveled Around the World (21 flights) for Free

How one guy traveled the world for free

I’m of two minds when it comes to the world of free travel. On the one hand we can travel for free if we have the miles or points. And free is hard to beat. On the other hand, it takes a lot of time to build up the miles, mileage award tickets aren’t always […]

Published or Updated: July 6, 2015

A Complete List of Credit Card Miles Signup Bonus Offers

a complete list of best airline credit card signup bonus offers

If you’re looking for ways to save on airfare, it might make sense to consider a co-branded credit card that offers airline miles for your everyday spending. Many of these cards work in conjunction with popular airlines to offer points or “miles” that you can redeem for free airfare, seat upgrades, airline status, and other […]

Published or Updated: July 1, 2015

My Library

Working in the Library

In the weekly newsletter that goes out every Saturday evening, I include books that I’ve been reading. Most, but not all, relate to finances and investing. I try to read at least one book a week, and the list has grown significantly in just the past few months. In response to an email from a […]

Published or Updated: June 29, 2015

A Simple Way to Increase Your Returns Without Increasing Risk

increase returns without increasing risk

In this podcast, we look at how you can increase your returns without increasing the overall risk to your portfolio. I call it the asset class swap, and it’s incredibly easy to do. Here’s how it works. From time to time an asset class becomes significantly overvalued or undervalued. This happened last year with REITs. […]

Published or Updated: June 24, 2015