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Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!  Last week in the newsletter I asked folks to share one thing they are thankful for.  The replies were inspiring, and in some cases, shined hope on what were dark situations. Here are the replies: Charles:  The beginning of healing in the shattered relationship with my parents. Teri:  Thankful for a roof over […]

DR 132: Robo Advisors–The Pros and Cons

The first so called Robo Advisor I recall is Betterment. Several years ago I met its founder, Jon Stein, and recently interviewed him for the podcast. Since then I’ve used or evaluated Motif Investing, Acorns, Wealth Front, Future Advisors, and JemStep. I’ve also used extensively the free Financial Dashboard offered by Personal Capital. It was […]

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DR 104: Rags to Riches and Back Again–Interview with Million Bucks by 30 Author Alan Corey

Is it possible to build $1 million in net worth in 10 years starting from scratch? In today’s interview with Alan Corey, author of A Million Bucks By 30, we’ll learn exactly how one man did it. I learned about Alan and his book from a listener named Natalie, who I had the pleasure of interviewing […]

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DR 103: The Small Business 401k–Interview with CEO Chad Parks of The Online 401(k)

If you’re a small business owner – whether you have employees or not – the thought of setting up a retirement plan can be overwhelming. 401ks and even SEP-IRAs are swimming in rules and regulations. What business owner really has enough hours in the day to deal with it? For that reason, I asked Chad […]

IRA Recharacterization

DR 102: 4 Times Recharacterizing an IRA Conversion or Contribution Can Save Your Bacon (Literally)

One of the best retirement savings tools is often overlooked. The tool can save you thousands of dollars in taxes and sleepless nights if you made a mistake with your IRA. And yet according to a 2010 study by Fidelity less than one-third of investors are aware of this tool. I’m referring to what’s called […]

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DR 101: Should You Use an HSA for Retirement Savings

Should you use a Health Savings Account (HSA) to save for retirement? That’s the question a listener to the Dough Roller Money Podcast asked recently. Here’s Mike’s email: Hi Rob, I have a question about my HSA at work. I have about $14,000 in it. I have not used it at all in the past […]

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Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card Review

A reader named Harold emailed my recently. We discussed a number of topics, one of which was the Amazon.com Rewards credit card. Here’s what Harold had to say: would mention one more to you..the Amazon visa. I’ve been using it over the past year and very happy with it. You get 1% match on everything, […]

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How to Calculate Investment Returns–A Simple Approach

I‘ve had several readers email me about how to calculate investment returns. It seems like it should be a simple task. We all have ready access to our mutual fund and brokerage accounts. These accounts often report a performance measure of some sort. Surely we can bring all of this information into one place to […]

Improve your finances

DR 100: 100 Ways to Improve Your Finances (Most in Under 10 Minutes)

To commemorate the 100th episode of the Dough Roller podcast, I pulled together 100 ways to improve your finances. Let’s get started. 1. Balance your checkbook: Balancing a checkbook helps you focus on where you’ve spent your money and it ensures your bank hasn’t made any mistakes. With the help of budgeting tools such as […]

Debt Consolidation Top Purpose for Loans

Should You Consolidate Debt with LendingClub or Prosper?

LendingClub recently launched a new section of its website that lists statistics about borrowers and lenders. One data point that caught my eye is that about 50% of all LendingClub loans are for debt consolidation. Actually, at one point nearly 60% of all borrowers reported that they intended to use the loan to consolidate debt, […]

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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 […]

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