A Review of OptionsHouse’s iPhone App

Optionshouse iphone splash screen

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 […]

Continue reading →

What’s Next For Zecco Users

zecco-cancels-free-trades

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 […]

Continue reading →

Happiness Is Never Having To Pay An ATM Fee!

banks that dont charge for atm withdrawals

ATM fees are reaching an all time high. The average, last year, rose by 5% to $2.33 and you could potentially pay as high as $11! ATM fees could be two-fold. Your bank might charge a fee for using an out-of-network ATM and the ATM owner could charge you an additional fee for the convenience. […]

Continue reading →

Woohoo! Vanguard to offer commission free trades on ETFs!

vgi_lockup_banner

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 […]

Continue reading →

Ah Marketing…!

Schwab's Deceptive 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… […]

Continue reading →

What I don’t like about Fidelity

fidelity-iphone-app-splash

This is more of a rant… Every time I do a fund transfer to Fidelity, I have to wait for 5 business days before I can begin trading, which amounts to 7 calendar days. A full week. My only basis for comparison is Scottrade. With Scottrade, the ACH transfer is almost instantaneous. No 5 day […]

Continue reading →

Where to open a Roth IRA account?

a bank that is better than ally and ingdirect moneycone finance

I recently opened a Roth IRA account. But the decision making process wasn’t an easy one! Here’s how I went about choosing a Roth IRA custodian. The most fundamental rule of smart investing is to keep taxes and expenses low. A Roth IRA account by its very nature is tax efficient like a 401K. But […]

Continue reading →