Best Online Discount Brokers for 2018

I‘ve been investing nearly 25 years, long before online brokers came on the scene. During that time I’ve used several of the best online discount brokers, including Scottrade, OptionsHouse, and even Vanguard’s brokerage services.  Based on that experience and a lot of research, I’ve compiled this list of the top options. Note that I have […]

Sogotrade Offers Online Stock Trading for $3 Per Trade

As I search for online stock trading sites for my SEP IRA, it’s been interesting to watch the discount brokers compete on price. Zecco was one of the first deep discount brokers, offering free stock trades. They’ve since been acquired. But recently caught my attention because it offers stock trades for just $3 per […]

Prepaid Cards With Low or No Fees

It is estimated that about 40 million Americans do not have a bank account. The reasons for this vary. For many, they are unable to qualify for a bank account because of past bounced checks. Bounce too many checks, and you’ll find yourself in the Chexsystems, which many banks use to evaluate potential new banking […]

How to Plan a Funeral that Doesn’t Cost an Arm and a Leg

The memorial for Michael Jackson cost the city of Los Angeles $1.4 million, according to the Associated Press. While most of us won’t be remembered at the Staples Center in front of 11,000 people, funerals are expensive. According to the Federal Trade Commission, a traditional funeral costs about $6,000, and many funerals run well over […] Versus

We’ve been spending a lot of time with our credit report and credit score lately. Last month we compared to to see where you should go to get your free credit report. Then we signed up for the Score Watch credit monitoring service, which gave us a copy of our Equifax credit […]