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.

Income Investing in Retirement — The Pros and Cons

Income investing in retirement has a lot of initial appeal. Rather than selling shares of a mutual fund or stock, one can instead live off of dividends from stocks and interest from bonds. This approach feels much safer than actually selling part of your investment. The reality of income or dividend investing, however, is not […]

Published or Updated: December 5, 2015

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card Review

It’s tough to find a credit card that offers as big an up-front cash bonus as the Chase Sapphire Preferred® card. I’ve written about credit cards for a long time and have carried just about all of them. Sapphire Preferred is one of the elite offers. Chase Sapphire Review Sign up bonus New cardholders will […]

Published or Updated: June 21, 2016

23 Powerful Tips and Tools to Eliminate Debt

Here is one of the most frequently asked questions in all of personal finance: “How do I get out of debt?” At one level, eliminating debt is simply about following a few steps: Stop going into more debt Spend less than you make Pay off debt with the difference If you follow these steps, eventually […]

Published or Updated: May 4, 2016

TradeKing Online Broker – $200 Bonus

TradeKing has once again launched its $200 cash bonus for customers that sign-up for a new TradeKing account.  If you recognize this promotion, it’s because TradeKing does this sort of thing from time to time. Click here for the $200 TradeKing $200 bonus offer In order to qualify for the $200 cash bonus, you must abide by […]

Published or Updated: November 5, 2015

The 1% Solution–How to Determine if a Rental Property is a Good Investment

When I first began looking into real estate investing, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what criteria I would use in selecting which property to buy. I have built many Excel spreadsheets with mind-numbing calculations and data, all geared to finding that perfect investment property. The biggest question is always this–how […]

Published or Updated: November 3, 2015

The Ultimate Cash Back Credit Card Strategy

Recently I published a review of the Blue Cash Everyday from American Express credit card. With the preferred version of the card, you earn 6% cash back at the grocery store. That’s a huge return, and it got me to thinking–could a typical family earn $1,000 a year or more in cash rewards simply by […]

Published or Updated: November 10, 2015

American Express Bank Review

American Express is best known for its award winning credit cards. I’ve carried an Amex card for years and enjoy the excellent travel benefits it offers. What many don’t know, however, is that American Express also offers an online bank with competitive interest rates. American Express Bank, FSB is an FDIC insured online bank (FDIC […]

Published or Updated: November 24, 2015

3 Reasons to Cheer a Stock Market Crash

The stock market has been on a roller coaster ride this month. Just over a week ago the S&P 500 fell from over 2,100 to below 1,900, a drop of more than 10%. Then it recovered to finish last week at just under 2,000. What a ride! The financial press had a field day. Here […]

Published or Updated: August 31, 2015

The Perfect Asset Allocation Plan

All to often we make investing far more complicated than it really is. I was guilty of this when I first started investing back in 1993. Like the search for the Holy Grail, I was convinced that there was a perfect asset allocation plan. And I searched for it. I spent hours upon hours trying […]

Published or Updated: August 28, 2015

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