Schwab Visa on the Ropes

Here's a piece from the WSJ Bucks Blog that says that Schwab has officially stopped accepting new applications for its 2% rewards Visa credit card. […]

Who Judges You?

We’re all constantly being judged. People glance at us and form opinions about us. Our friends, our family, our vaguest associates all have ideas of what we should or shouldn’t be doing. […]

The Best Credit Cards, February 2013

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Will the Homebuyer Tax Credit Be Extended?

This is just a quick note about the $8000/$6500 homebuyer tax credit. As you may recall, this credit was originally introduced as an $8000 first-time homebuyer tax credit that was set to expire on November 30, 2009. Shortly before its expiration, Congress acted to push the expiration date back to April 30, 2010. […]

Best of Money Carnival

Just a note to let you know that the latest version of the Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post,  11 Great 40 Dollar Investments. Enjoy! […]

Kelley Blue Book Announces the Top 10 Green Cars

As gas prices increase, you can save some money by buying a more environmentally friendly vehicles. That may only be true when evaluating the cost of gas over time, however. […]

Another Example of Getting a Raise Despite a Tough Economy

I love real-life stories of people who take basic financial principles, put them into action, and GET RESULTS! […]

Series I Savings Bond Rate Update (May 2010)

As we near the end of April, we also near the announcement period of Series I Savings Bond interest rates. For the uninitiated, here’s a quick recap – Series I Savings bonds are Treasury bonds whose interest rate is pegged to the rate of inflation. […]

Help a Reader: What to Do with a Windfall

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: A few years ago my girlfriend was involved in an accident where she was injured. Fast-Forward to today, and it looks like she will be receiving a hefty settlement, upwards of 500k. (all tax-free, I believe, as it's a settlement related to a physical injury, although that's just what I've read). Great problem to have, right? […]

How and When to Rebalance Your Portfolio

Rebalancing Your Portfolio Forces You to Buy Low and Sell High Most people do a good job creating a portfolio with the right asset allocation strategy, but they often stop there. They set and forget. If you’ve been through any of the recent bear markets you probably know that this can lead to some major problems when it comes to your investment performance. […]

Reader Mailbag: The Trent Hamm FAQ

I receive so many questions about who I am, why I write this blog, and so on that I thought it might be worthwhile to simply answer all of them in one place. […]

Tough Employment Times: Know Your Rights

ShareThisIn these tough economic times, many people are losing and worried about losing their jobs. Most employers are very responsible and will retain every performing employee possible — but that is not always the case. […]

Your Status Update Could Get You Rejected From Harvard

If you’re on Facebook, you might have seen the latest hoax. Hoaxes like these allow me to feel confident about my decision not to install any applications on Facebook or participate in any shady-looking groups. I ignore the endless petitions and attempts to find 1,000,000 fans for the latest trend. […]

Power9: 9 Habits of the World's Healthiest People

ShareThisThe United States is facing a health crisis of unprecedented proportions: Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Diabetes and heart disease rates are on the rise. […]

Wyden-Gregg Tax Plan: The Bipartisan Tax Fairness and Simplification Act of 2010

This year will mark the final year of many of President George W. Bush’s tax cuts from 2001 and 2003. Many deductions and tax cuts are set to expire this year and there’s a lot of talk about what Congress and President Obama will do. One plan that was thrown out about a month ago is the Wyden-Gregg Tax Plan, titled S. […]

Save Money by Reducing Subscriptions and Avoiding Long-Term Contracts

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. On his own blog, Baker recently shared his 26 life lessons learned in 26 years of living. In continuing celebration of Financial Literacy Month, my GRS contributions throughout April are covering basic techniques to raise your financial awareness. We’ve previously touched on the topics of debt and income. […]

Investment Losses and the Wash Sale Rule

Most investors are familiar with the concept of “capital gains.” A capital gain is a profit that results from the sale of an asset that has appreciated beyond its purchase price. […]

Another Example of Getting a Raise Despite a Tough Economy

I love real-life stories of people who take basic financial principles, put them into action, and GET RESULTS! […]

Weekend Reading: Education Budgets, Organization, and Happiness

This weekend, I attended Communiversity 2010 in Princeton, New Jersey, an annual arts festival in town and on campus organized by the Arts Council of Princeton. The highlights included several collegiate a cappella performances and a Beatles tribute band. […]