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Should You Hire an Investment Advisor to Manage Your Investments?

With the advent of low cost index funds, the case for an expensive investment advisor grew considerably weaker. As technological advances have given way to robo-advisors (e.g., Betterment and Wealth Front), the case in favor of expensive advisors has all but cratered. It was with this background that I read the following email from a […]

DR 112: 7 Things that Cause Your Credit Score to Fluctuate from Month-to-Month

Have you ever paid off a debt only to find that it caused your credit score to drop? That’s exactly what happened to Lakisher, a listener who graciously sent me the following email: “I have a question. I think I know the basics of my credit and credit report but I recently paid off my […]

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12 Keys to Making Smart Financial Decisions

DR 089: 12 Keys to Making Smart Financial Decisions (#7 is a Doozy)

We face countless personal finance decisions every day. They range from the seemingly trivial (should we go out for dinner) to the more impactful (how much should we spend on a home). Yet each of these decisions work together to over a lifetime to define our finances. Over the course of running this blog since […]

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9 Credit Cards That Offer Free Airline Companion Tickets

Credit card companies are constantly closing loopholes to make airline rewards less valuable. Taxes, fees, and limited availability all eat into the value of your credit card miles. But as airfare gets ever more expensive, one credit card reward becomes more valuable – companion tickets. Many of today’s top airline reward credit cards offer free […]

Real Estate Invesmtents

DR 088: 3 Key Ratios to Evaluate Real Estate Investments (#1 is All You Really Need)

Recently a number of listeners to the podcast have asked about evaluating real estate investments. They want to know how much rent they would need to charge for a specific property to make it a “good” investment. The good news is that evaluating the numbers is really simple. Today we’ll look at 3 key ratios […]

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DR 087: How Natalie Graduated Debt-Free, Paid Cash for a Car, and Bought a Home (She’s Only 24!)

You’ve probably heard a lot of stories recently about new graduates with mountains of student loan debt. It’s not uncommon to hear of students with $100,000+ in school loans. Today I wanted to share a success story with you that bucks this trend. This story is about a young woman who made different choices when […]

Portfolio Performance

DR 086: How to Spy on Your Own Investment Portfolio

Recently I’ve started receiving the Morningstar Portfolio Monitor. It’s a monthly pdf that Morningstar puts together for premium members who track their portfolio using Morningstar’s Portfolio Manager. Simply put, it’s an amazing look into an investment portfolio. In this article we’ll walk through a detailed review of the Portfolio Monitor (including screenshots). At the end […]

Budgeting

DR 085: How Your Budget and Net Worth Statements Work Together to Build Wealth

Many people keep some form of a budget. We use our favorite budgeting tool, YNAB. Others use a spreadsheet or pen and paper. Whatever the approach, a budget helps you understand your income and expenses. Fewer people track their net worth. A net worth statement tracks your assets and liabilities. It’s the scorecard of personal […]

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DR 084: Where To Invest When You’ve Maxed Out Contributions To Retirement Accounts

It’s a good problem to have. You’ve maxed out your 401k and IRA contributions for the year and you still have some more cash to invest. What are your options? That’s the situation a reader named Harout recently emailed me about: I am a little obsessed with your podcasts. I listen to about one a […]

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The 10 Best Ways to Get FREE Flights

Want to travel, but don’t want to shell out hundreds for plane tickets? I don’t blame you. With rising airline rates, the plane ride to get to your destination could easily be the most expensive part of your trip. But if you’re smart about it, there are plenty of options for getting free flights. In […]

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DR 083: How to Blog for a Living – An Interview with Bob Lotich of ChristianPF

Have you ever wondered how professional bloggers get started and make a living? Blogs don’t just spring up overnight. They take months – even years – of hard work. But the work can be well worth the rewards, if you do it right. The best way to learn about starting a blog is to talk […]

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