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DR 099: 5 Gotchas with Commissioned Based Brokers

A reader we’ll call Frank recently emailed me about his advisor (we covered part of his email about dividends here). She had placed him in A shares of American Fund mutual funds. This told me he was working with a commissioned-based broker, as these mutual funds charge a sales fee of 5.75% to compensate the […]

DR 098: Dividend Investing (Part 2): Mutual Funds and Dividends

We began our series on dividend investing by examining the ins and outs of dividends. Today we continue the series by looking at how dividends work with mutual funds and whether the yield on a fund should be a key consideration in our investing decisions. This topic came to light from an email I received […]

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The 5 Best Cash Back Online Shopping Sites

Deals, coupons, Promo codes, and cashback shopping sites have proliferated over the last several years. It’s now easier than ever to get cashback on virtually every online purchase you make. The problem is that we often forget to use the sites when shopping online. I learned this firsthand last week. Here’s what happened. Last week […]

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DR 081: Take Control of Your Student Loans with Student Loan Hero (An Interview)

Do you have student loans? Do you know someone who does? If you answered “yes,” then check out this interview with Andrew Josuweit, one of the founders of Student Loan Hero. It’s an excellent tool to help graduates organize their student debt, manage payments, and – hopefully – get out of debt faster. Topics Covered […]

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Synchrony Bank Review

Synchrony Bank is a newcomer to the online banking market, and it offers an interesting blend of old-fashioned and high-tech banking. Like many online banks, it runs on a lightweight business model so it can offer lower fees and higher rates of return. Unlike online-only banks like Ally, Synchrony has a physical location in Bridgewater, […]

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DR 080: How to Build Credit When You Are Just Starting Out (the Smart Way)

It’s official. Credit scores are the most confusing aspect of personal finance. The FICO formula remains largely a mystery. And don’t get me started on the multiple versions of credit scores out there. By one account, you may have 49 different FICO scores, not to mention dozens of credit scores calculated using non-FICO formulas. So […]

HUD Homes

DR 079: HUD Homes–Saving Big Money with HUD Foreclosures

If you are in the market to buy your first or next home, a HUD home could potentially save you tens of thousands of dollars on the purchase price. While buying a HUD Home can save you a lot of money, there are some things to watch out for. In this article we’ll cover the […]

Discover it® Chrome Review

Discover has just launched a new version of its Discover it card. The new card, called the , offers a new and more convenient approach to cash back rewards. Let me explain. Traditionally, Discover’s cash back rewards have followed the quarterly rotating category approach. Each quarter certain categories of purchases qualify for 5% cash back […]

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DR 078: Are Low Cost Investment Advisors a Myth? [Interview with Mitch Tuchman of Rebalance IRA]

As regular readers know, I’m a big believer in DIY investing. One of my goals for this site, my free weekly newsletter, and the podcast, is to arm investors with the information they need to invest on their own. Some folks, however, will still want some help. For these folks, my goal is to promote […]

Podcast Listener Talk

DR 077: Teamwork for Your Budget – An Interview with Listeners Kate and Trevor

One of the great things about producing a podcast are the emails I receive from listeners. Recently a listener named Kate emailed me about the 50-20-30 budget. One thing led to another, and now Kate and her fiancé Trevor are guests on the show. Kate and Trevor’s story was so inspiring that I wanted to […]

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DR 076: Is a Home a Good Investment? The Numbers Will Surprise You

It’s a hotly debated question. Is it better to buy or rent? We covered this question in detail in Podcast 59. Many argue that buying is best because on average homeowners have a higher net worth than renters. Rather than looking at averages, however, today we are going to look at an actual case study. […]

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