Personal Capital: Manage All of Your Financial Accounts in One Place

If you are looking for a one-stop-shop for all of your financial needs, from budgeting software to investment advice, look no further than Personal Capital. This online investment and wealth management platform offers you a comprehensive program for managing every aspect of your money, whether you are just learning how to budget or you are […]

How to Save 20% of Your Income Consistently Each Year in Your 30s

Today I want to show you how over the ten years of our marriage (my 30th through my 39th year) we’ve saved an average of 20% of our pre-tax income towards retirement. In our worst year, we saved 10%, and in our best, nearly 40%! Not bad, right? 20% just happens to be one of […]

Choose Your Retirement: Find the Right Path to Your New Adventure (Book Review)

Ready to get excited about the topic of retirement again? Today I have the pleasure of reviewing Choose Your Retirement: Find the Right Path to Your New Adventure by Emily Guy Birken. You know Emily as my friend and long-time contributor here. Read Emily’s articles. This is the second book from Emily. Her first, The […]

TickerTags Review: Leveling the Information Playing Field for Investors

One of my favorite money-related movies is the 1983 Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd comedy Trading Places. The second half of the film revolves around Murphy and Aykroyd’s interception of a critical USDA report about the orange crop forecast, and they use this inside information to profit from trades in frozen concentrated orange juice. While much of […]

Investing in Lending Club: What You Need to Know

There’s an excellent reason why Lending Club is currently the largest peer-to-peer lending network, responsible for over $13 billion in loans as of September 2015. Borrowers enjoy better rates than they could find at a bank, and lenders receive returns that could be difficult to replicate with more traditional investments. Specifically, lenders have earned an […]

The Best Robo Advisors of 2016 for Automated Investing

Investing should be for everyone. The introduction of robo-advisors has helped more people get into investing and save for their future without the costs of standard financial advisory services. According to a study by Corporate Insight, robo-advisors were managing about $19 billion dollars in December 2014. That’s no small number! According to the same study it […]

Top Investing and Personal Finance Startups We’re Excited to See at #Finovate Spring 2015

This week I’m excited to be attending my first #Finovate – the conference for the future of Financial Technology (FinTech). I’ll get to see some of the newest technology startups catering to your needs in personal finance and investing. I’ve had a chance to review the full list of companies demoing and here’s who I’m […]

Women Aren’t Talking About Money – Here’s Why

A recent study by Fidelity Investments has uncovered some intriguing paradoxes about women’s relationship with money. Despite the fact that 92 percent of the women involved in the study want to learn more about financial planning, and 83 percent want to get more involved in their finances in the next year, a whopping 80 percent […]

TradeKing Advisors Review | New Investment Advisory Service with No Fees for a Year

Are you comfortable managing your own investments or do you prefer a professional to do it for you? Personally, I’ve worked with financial advisors in which I was completely hands off (too much so) as well as subscribed to a professional momentum investment strategy where I did all the trading and rebalancing based on their […]

Think You Can Pick Better Stocks Than Me in 2015? Join Me in the Grow Your Dough Throwdown 2.0

Important Note: 99% of my investing is boring, focused on retirement, and involves tax-advantaged accounts and low cost index funds. I love it! What you’ll read below is not part of that strategy and is just for fun and education – to show how easy it is to get started investing. In 2014 I participated […]

Final 2014 Signal Speculator Portfolio Update (+33%) – I Won the Throwdown!

Happy New Year! As you may remember, I dabbled in stock speculation in 2014. It was all part of a “Grow Your Dough Throwdown” in which I competed with other financial bloggers to pick investments for the year. Turns out, I won! My initial $1,000 portfolio appreciated by 327.05. That’s a 33% return on my […]

12 Personal Finance Podcasts to Consider for Your Commute

I know a lot of people have rough commutes. After living in two major metropolitan areas and having to patiently ride out the commute to and from the office each day – I get it. 30 minutes here, 45 minutes there, and before you know it, you’re on the road for over an hour everyday. […]