Asset-Allocation-10K

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
US-Treasury

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
Schwab's Deceptive Marketing

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
joint-roth

10 Most commonly asked questions on Roth IRA

1.Can I withdraw money from my Roth before retirement without penalties? Yes and no. Depending upon the context of the word ‘money’. See, money in a roth is not like money sitting in a bank account. There are two parts to it: What you contributed What’s the interest earned on your contribution also called distribution […]

April 24, 2010 6
gmail

Has Google lost control of GMail to hackers?

Of late, I’ve been getting a number of spam email from friends who use GMail. My spam folder which was until now on a slow carb diet was suddenly inundated with spam! All have the same one line pharmacy spam to some site peddling Viagra. Of course, my friends were clueless that their accounts were […]

April 21, 2010 4
IngDirect-iPhone-App-Home

A review of IngDirect’s iPhone App

IngDirect provides a free iPhone App to manage accounts. I thought I’ll give it a spin. Went to the App store, sure enough IngDirect provides not one, but two applications, one to manage accounts and an ATM finder for those who have an IngDirect ATM card.

April 18, 2010 0
woman-in-coffeeshop

12 Hands-on tips to protect yourself online

As we move away from brick and mortar to online operators, protecting yourself from online fraud becomes vital. More and more people access their banks online. Yet the only thing standing between you and your money is a 4 to 6 digit number or a word or combination of words. And to make it easier, […]

April 17, 2010 11
a bank that is better than ally and ingdirect moneycone finance

A bank that’s better than Ally and IngDirect?

Don’t get me wrong, I like both Ally and IngDirect. I’m a member of both and would gladly recommend these banks over brick and mortar banks. Both have top notch customer service with minimal hidden fees. But when it comes to interest rates, is there anything better out there? Ultimately, you want the maximum return […]

April 13, 2010 22
Scottrade on the iPhone

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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