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.

My 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

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

Calculating the Value of a 401k or IRA Retirement Account

A reader named Jen recently sent me an email about 401k retirement accounts. James Altucher, a former hedge fund manager, had posted a video on Business Insider on why you shouldn’t invest in a 401k. When I first saw the video, I thought it was a parody. I didn’t realize he was being serious! Here’s […]

Published or Updated: June 22, 2015

Republic Wireless vs. Straight Talk vs. Virgin Mobile

Republic Wireless, Straight Talk and Virgin Mobile are three of the top competitors within the discount cell phone and service market. All three attract customers who are looking to get away from the high cost, contract-heavy world of traditional cell phone providers. However, the services they provide are vastly different – with huge disparities in […]

Published or Updated: June 19, 2015

What if . . .

My brother and I were playing chess they other day. He had a winning move that we both missed. After the game we found it, and why we both missed is the inspiration for this article. The move we missed involved moving his Rook next to my King. My King would have been in check, […]

Published or Updated: June 17, 2015

Get Paid to Get Your Free Credit Score

It use to be a big deal to get your credit score for free. Many websites offered a free trial, but then began charging your credit card after the trial period ended. Then came along the likes of Credit Sesame, Credit Karma, and Quizzle, which give you access to your credit score for free. Now […]

Published or Updated: July 16, 2015

6 Top Gas Credit Cards – 2015

Even with gas costs falling this year, it’s not as cheap as it used to be. Maybe you’re reminiscing about the days when you could fill the whole tank for $5. If so, you’ll love these gas cards. Credit cards offering cash back and other gas rewards can be a great way to trim your […]

Published or Updated: October 28, 2015

Quizzle vs. Credit Karma vs. Credit Sesame

If you’re looking for a free way to find out your credit score, look no further than these three websites –,, and Although they offer similar services, each site has its own nuances and unique perks. But before we get into an analysis of each service, it’s important to understand that the […]

Published or Updated: October 10, 2015

Capital One 360 Bonus Offer

We’ve talked about Capital One 360 here at the Dough Roller. It’s the bank I use for savings, checking, and for our children. You can read about my experience with the bank in this review. Today Capital One 360 has gotten even better. For a limited time they are offering a bonus of up to […]

Published or Updated: September 30, 2015

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