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DR 097: 3 Key Changes Just Made to the FICO Credit Scoring Formula

The Fair Isaac Corp., better known as FICO, has introduced three major changes to its secret credit scoring formula. The changes relate to items referred to collections, medical debt, and consumers with limited credit history.  Believe it or not, these changes may result in higher scores for many consumers. Here are details on the three […]

5 Tools to Help You Find the Cheapest Textbooks

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. […]

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DR 075: The Reality of Dave Ramsey’s 12% ‘Reality’ (and why it really matters)

Recently I reviewed what Dave Ramsey calls his Endorsed Local Providers (ELPs). As I was doing research for that review I learned of Dave’s view that historically the S&P 500 has returned 12%. I also learned that he believes it will continue to do so over the long run. This was curious to me for […]

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DR 074: My Real Life ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’

Many have said that Robert Kiyosaki’s ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ book is a piece of fiction. Apparently, he never had a rich dad and a poor dad as described in his book, or at least that’s what many believe. But I did. My parents divorced before I was two, and both remarried. My father, who […]

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DR 073: Annuities 101–Interview with Tim Holmes of Vanguard

Next to the tax code, differential equations, and why Gilligan and the other castaways could never get off the island, annuities are really difficult to grasp. Frankly, any time you mix insurance products with investing products the result is ugly. Yet annuities can be a smart way to save for retirement and to generate income […]

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Reader Question: What Does Umbrella Insurance Cover?

Q:Rob, love your blog. I am a regular reader of your weekly posts archive. I am confused on umbrella insurance. We have a primary home, a rental home, and two vehicles. Can I buy a single one or two million dollar umbrella policy that covers claims from any of those assets, or do I need […]

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DR 072: What Credit Score do You Need to Buy a Home?

When it comes to mortgages and credit scores, there are two really important questions to ask: What credit score do I need to qualify for a mortgage? What credit score do I need to get the lowest interest rate on a mortgage? These different but related questions are important if you are looking to buy […]

Dollar Cost Averaging vs. Lump Sum Investing

DR 071: Dollar-Cost Averaging Versus Lump Sum Investing–Which is Best?

I‘ve always been suspicious of dollar-cost averaging. With DCA, rather than investing the cash you have all at once, you invest chunks of it over time. For example, you might invest $12,000 over the course of a year, $1,000 each month. In contrast, with lump sum investing, you’d put the full $12,000 to work right […]

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5 Ways This Government Website can Help Your Finances (Yes, a Gov’t Website That’s Useful)

It’s not often that we use the words “government” and “useful” in the same sentence (at least without the word “not” in between). But we had to share one great money tool that is in fact a government website. Yes, it’s actually run by the government, and it’s a great resource for a lot of […]

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DR 070: Investing Made Easy – An Interview with Betterment Founder Jon Stein

Several years ago I met Betterment’s founder and CEO, Jon Stein. At the time, Betterment was just getting started, and we had a chance to talk about what Betterment offered investors. Since then Betterment has grown significantly, with over $500 million under management. To find out what is new and to learn more about Betterment, […]

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DR 069: Are Dave Ramsey’s Investing ELPs Good for Your Wealth?

Dave Ramsey may have helped you climb out of debt, but should you now follow his investing advice? His views on investing have come under fire lately. From his claim that stocks return 12% annually to his love of growth mutual funds, professional advisors have not been shy about their criticism. (Save Like Dave Ramsey. […]

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