How to File Your Annual Tax Returns Online

Filing my tax returns as a teenager in the 1970’s was easy. I’d go to the post office to get the tax forms. It took me about an hour to fill them out both my state and federal returns. And then I dropped them in the mail and anxiously waited for the tax refund checks. […]


A Simple Yet Profitable Call Option Strategy

The other day I was talking with a good friend named Adam about options trading. Adam use to work for a pension fund, but now crunches housing data for a think tank in Washington, D.C. When it comes to investing, he is one of the smartest guys I know, and he’s done very well for […]


OptionsXpress Review – Online Discount Broker

Update: OptionsXpress is no longer available. Check out our current list of the best online brokers. A relatively unknown broker in the online space, OptionsXpress offers more to trading than their name would lead you to believe.  Founded a decade ago in 2000, OptionsXpress prides itself not only in its technology but its wide variety […]


Reader Question: How will the New Credit Card Law Affect Balance Transfer Offers

A reader recently asked whether the new credit card law that goes into effect next month will affect the richness of balance transfer offers: I was wondering what the new federal regulations/laws for credit card companies coming up in February will have on the richness of these balance transfer offers if any? Thanks! Leslie The […]


ShareBuilder Review – Low Cost Automatic Investing

Of all the online discount brokers that we have reviewed, is the most unique.  Acquired by ING Direct in December of 2007, ShareBuilder is not your run of the mill online discount broker.  Without the use of brokers or stock professionals in-house, ShareBuilder has still become one of the best options for consumers within the […]


HUD Launches Simplified Good Faith Estimate and HUD-1 Forms

Effective January 1, 2010, HUD regulations went into effect requiring lenders to use new Good Faith Estimate and HUD-1 forms in real estate transactions. As a real estate investor and home owner, I’ve had to read through my share of these forms, and they were long over due for an overhaul. The new forms are […]