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More details on Vanguard’s commission-free ETFs

Thanks to Schwab and Fidelity, Vanguard had no choice but to offer commission free trades! Not exactly as free as Schwab or Fidelity… Here’s the fine print: If you have a balance of less than $50,000, you will incur an annual fee of $20 This amount must be invested in Vanguard funds or ETFs.  If […]

May 4, 2010 3
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Woohoo! Vanguard to offer commission free trades on ETFs!

Vanguard announced today that it is offering its entire range of ETFs commission free to its clients! This is huge, since Vanguard has some of the lowest expense ratios and Fidelity and Schwab were slowing eating away Vanguard’s market share by offering commission free trades on their range of ETFs. For example Fidelity offers EEM […]

May 4, 2010 9
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Investing for beginners: How to invest an extra $10,000?

Joe is a average worker. Joe saves a little each month and has managed to build up 6 months of emergency funds. When it comes to credit cards, Joe is anything but average. Joe does not carry a balance on his credit card. Recently, Joe came across a large sum of money as inheritance – […]

May 1, 2010 10
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What exactly are Treasury Notes, Bills and Bonds?

Treasury Bills, Notes and Bonds are simply called ‘Bonds’ or ‘Treasuries’. These are marketable securities issued by the US Treasury. When you buy a bill, note or a bond, you are basically lending Uncle Sam money. Treasuries are considered extremely safe since they are backed by the full faith of the US Government and the […]

April 27, 2010 5
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Ah Marketing…!

In case you haven’t heard, Fidelity and Schwab have a price war going on. Both seem intent on out doing the other. Both tout how different their services are from the other that they are so similar! That includes deceptive marketing as well, where the facts are buried in fine prints! I’m not taking sides… […]

April 25, 2010 2
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Using iPhone with OptionsHouse and Scottrade online brokers

I recently joined OptionsHouse mainly for their low commissions and free cost basis tax reporting. I didn’t like the fact that I have to fire up Firefox every time I needed to trade. Got me thinking if I can use my iPod Touch instead. A quick search at the App Store revealed no such app […]

April 12, 2010 6
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Review of online broker OptionsHouse Part II

This is a continuation of my earlier post on the account opening process at OptionsHouse. Once I mailed in the application it took 5 business days for the account activation email to arrive This gives you access to a virtual trading account with $5000 virtual money. Might be useful if this is your first trading […]

April 6, 2010 0
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A review of Fidelity’s iPhone App

Fidelity’s iPhone app is a nifty little finance application. Among various free, market tracking apps, I found Fidelity’s to be the best. It’s elegance is in its simplicity. Trading features are members only of course, but anyone can check out the rest of the tools. CNBC’s app was too cluttered for my taste. Morningstar’s app […]

April 4, 2010 7
The best pf posts from the web!

If I had to bet all my savings on one stock, I would bet on this one!

Now that I have your attention, never ever do that! That’s some terrible advice!  Betting your savings on one company is never a wise investment strategy.  Diversification is the key.  Spread your risk.  Think Enron, AIG, GM.., in case you’ve been living under a rock, they all tanked! But to make up an interesting read, […]

March 27, 2010 6
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