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A Review of OptionsHouse’s iPhone App

I had previously written about using OptionsHouse via an iPhone which is not the same as a using a dedicated iPhone app! I preferred the mobile site simply because the OptionsHouse site was too cluttered and available only on Firefox on a Mac (at that time). But recently, OptionsHouse along with a price increase, introduced […]

March 16, 2011 8
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HOWTO View Your Schedule K-1s Online And Import Them Into TurboTax

MLPs offer excellent yields, but if you hate paperwork come tax time, MLPs are not for you. First you have to wait at least till March 15th before filing taxes. That’s the latest you receive your MLP specific tax document called Schedule K-1s. You’ll receive one for each MLP you own and they are sent […]

March 12, 2011 12
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Had You Bought Apple Shares Instead Of Apple Products…

Since the first iPod, Apple’s been on a roll getting consumers hooked onto their products. The latest was the release of iPad 2 last Wednesday. No doubt this will be lapped up by Apple’s eager legions! A square foot of an Apple store generates $5,980 in annual revenue, that’s how profitable they are! Investors love […]

March 4, 2011 69

What’s Next For Zecco Users

Zecco put an end to their free trades last week enraging a lot of users in the bargain. Zecco was a relatively new entrant to the highly competitive discount broker space and had a number of users switch to their system due to their hard-to-beat offering of unlimited free trades with a minimum balance of […]

February 27, 2011 13
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Zecco Cancels Free Trades!

[Z]ecco has decided to cancel it’s free trades that it was offering for accounts with over $25,000 in assets. Zecco, when they entered the highly competitive discount broker scene, became very popular for their free trades for those with a balance of just $2,500. But soon they discovered this was unsustainable and decided to increase […]

February 26, 2011 9
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Did You Beat The Market, Mr. Investor?

In my previous post, I wrote about the Beardstown Ladies who had to suffer public humiliation because they couldn’t tell what their annualized returns were. In their defense, not many investors do know what their actual returns are! Why? Because most brokers, don’t provide that information, including online portfolio managers like Google Portfolio and Yahoo […]

February 16, 2011 25
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Vanguard Lowers Fees On Its Emerging Market ETF(VWO) To 0.22%

Last month Vanguard’s Emerging Market ETF, VWO overtook BlackRock iShares’ ETF, EEM in total assets to become the largest Emerging Market ETF in the US. Both the funds have been swelling in size due to the popularity of this asset class among investors. BlackRock cut the fees of EEM from 0.72% to 0.69% last week. […]

February 11, 2011 10
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Buying Stocks? Neglect This Metric At Your Own Peril!

When it comes to investing, the one advice that gets often repeated is: Invest in blue chip companies. Certainly better than shorting and investing in penny stocks! But how valid is this advice? Let’s take a company that’s solid, profitable, pays dividends and has seen multiple depressions and recessions and is still going strong. AT&T. […]

January 30, 2011 35

Opening an account at Vanguard – A walkthrough

If you are looking to invest in passively managed Mutual Funds, look no further than Vanguard. Vanguard offers a wide range of funds with very low overheads. Thanks to Vanguard, more and more fund companies are offering low cost mutual funds. Before Vanguard, funds with 0.18 expense ratios were unheard of. I recently opened an […]

January 21, 2011 13
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The Beardstown Ladies

In 1983 a group of elderly women in a little town in the Midwest called Beardstown, decided to form an investment club called the Beardstown Business and Professional Women’s Investment Club. The meetings were focussed on companies whose business they could understand and relate to. Their methodology was simple. Every member put in $100 seed […]

January 21, 2011 20
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