Who Can Invest at Lending Club?

In the comments of the $100 Lending Club giveaway, Reader Barry said it would’ve been nice if I had notified you all about the restriction on Lending Club investors. Well Barry, you asked and thus you shall receive! There are two parts to Lending Club. […]

I'm in the Buy and Hold Hall of Fame

Ok, so this is a blatant attempt at getting free links from larger-sized blogs, but I'm a sucker for a compliment so I'm falling for it. :-) ETF Database lists the Buy and Hold Hall of Fame as follows: Real Life Buy and Hold Legends Warren Buffet Charlie Munger Benjamin Graham John Bogle Sir John Templeton Web Buy and Hold Legends FMF J.D. […]

Insurance Companies Now Qualify for TARP Bailout Money

Even though they are not bank holding companies as originally required for the original qualifications for receiving bailout money from the public, six insurance companies will now have the option of receiving this money. […]

Best Deals For Friday 5/15/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. Up to 80% Off Designer Shoes at Amazon.com Over 200 pairs are at least 50% off. Pad your order over $25 to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, shipping adds $4.98.   1. FREE Controller Steering Wheel For Wii (pay only $5.99 s/h) - APPLY CODE FREENWII Add more realism to the Wii racing games with this attachment handle. […]

Seven Steps Towards Minimizing Your Junk Mail and Unwanted Calls

One big disadvantage of bargain hunting, being politically active, and researching personal finance products is that I often end up o a lot of mailing lists and calling lists. And they’re distracting. […]

How to Find Freelance Clients: Part Three

By Debbie Dragon Previously, this series for finding freelance jobs covered what you needed to do to prepare yourself for freelance life in Part One; where to find the clients in Part Two; and in the last article of this series - I'll give you some tips for actually applying or bidding on the freelance jobs you find. How to Apply or Bid for Work Applying for freelance work is an art form in itsel […]

Credit Cards and Guns in National Parks

While the Senate is working hard to put together their version of the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights some Senators are taking the opportunity of a sure-to-pass bill to tag on unrelated amendments. […]

Ask the Readers: How Do You Choose a Mortgage Broker?

For most of us, buying a home is the largest purchase we’ll ever make. There can be a lot of pressure to get things just right; you don’t want to pay more than you have to. A good broker or lender can help — but how do you find a good broker or lender? That’s what Erin wants to know: My husband and I are in the market for a house as first-time homebuyers. […]

Hey Boss, Please Don’t Bother Me, I’m Daydreaming

By Fred Lee The next time your boss scolds you for daydreaming on your job, give him a piece of your mind and let him know that you’re actually hard at work. In a recent study our of British Columbia, researchers discovered that when we daydream, contrary to popular perception, our minds are actually hard at work, particularly in areas associated with complex problem solving. […]

Pay Off Mortgage Early? Or Invest?

Should you pay off your mortgage early? Or should you focus on investing with your spare cash? This is one of the most hotly debated topics in personal finance, with vocal proponents on both sides. […]

How to Increase Your Salary

Here's a comment left on my post titled How to Have a High Net Worth that's a response to a question about how to increase your salary. I think it's excellent advice and wanted to share it with you all: For someone starting out, I'd say focus on delivering a strong multiple of your salary in measurable value to your company. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of May 11

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. For now, here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile. After that, I have a list of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: BripBlap says America loves entrepreneurs. […]

Your Take: What Are You Worried About Now?

I think it’s safe to say that we’re knee deep into a Recession. In February, I had the great fortune of being on American Public Media’s Marketplace Money with Tess Vigeland, Lynnae of BeingFrugal.net and Steve at BripBlap.com. Back then, we didn’t know if we were going to be in a recession but everyone pretty much believed we were well on our way. Here’s what I said: JIM: It’s been crazy. […]

Best of Personal Finance: Books Galore Edition

By Greg Go Lots of good stuff in the personal finance blogosphere this week.   Best Personal Finance Posts This Week How to Ask Your Doctor, Hospital, or Dentist for a Discount (Free Money Finance) - I didn't know the cost of medical services is something I could haggle over. […]

Graduation Present: A Financial Lesson Plan For Seniors

What Every Graduating Senior Needs to Know About Money," that's the title of this guest post from Consumer Credit Counseling Service:"Here are a few things every graduating senior needs to know....How to create a budget – Every high school senior needs to know how to create and stick to a budget. […]

Modern Portfolio Theory: Manage Risk With Diversification

The cornerstone for many a long term investor’s approach to investing is market diversification, asset allocation and risk management. We cover these topics quite often over here. But I thought it would be nice to revisit the basics, using the fancy term that academics use as the impetus for a solid investment strategy: Modern Portfolio Theory. […]

Help a Reader: What to Do with Kids' Gifts

Here's a comment left on my post titled Who Are Kid's Gifts Really For?: My boyfriend and I have been talking money and completely disagree on the gift of money. My children are 6 and 9. I haven't set them up with savings yet but I am figuring out allowances and with that I will set up a savings account for each of them. Now that my children have an opinion of things they know what they want. […]

A Brave New World: Welcome to the Get Rich Slowly Re-Design

It’s been a tough day for me — a weekday without a new money-related article. Not posting something new sends me into withdrawal! It couldn’t be helped, though, as my elves have been helping me roll out the long-awaited redesign around here. I know it’s not flashy or web 2.0, but that’s okay. Get Rich Slowly isn’t, either. […]

Health and Money: The Power of Independent Steps

Several months ago, I visited my doctor during the process of figuring out an illness that was sapping a lot of my energy. […]

On choosing and defending your luxuries

By Philip Brewer Spend any time reading personal-finance blogs and you'll come across a particular kind of equal-and-opposite post: lists of luxuries. Half the posts will advocate giving up a few specific luxuries to live more cheaply. […]