Five Cent Nickel

Written by a man who has been meticulously recording his finances since 1997 (stored in Quicken), Five Cent Nickel is one of the oldest and most respected blogs around. This blog often provides great commentary on—and summaries of—useful financial tips featured by other publications. If you’re too lazy to read every little money article out there, just stop by Five Cent Nickel and get the cream of the crop.

Latest Posts from Five Cent Nickel (page 160)

Investment Performance: CDs vs. Stocks

Last week I highlighted an article about the long-term performance of stocks vs. bonds. The upshot was that, while stocks hold a slight long-term edge, bonds can (and do) outperform stock over significant time periods. Today we’re turning our attention to certificates of deposit (CDs). CDs vs. Stocks Did you know that CD outperformed stocks* from 1994-2008? It’s true. […]

Weekly Roundup – Broken Xbox Edition

Just about a week ago, our Xbox 360 crashed with an E74 error. The bad news is that this error code signals a “General Hardware Failure.” The good news is that it’s still under warranty. […]

Investment Advice: Ignore the Noise

While paging through the latest issues of Forbes and Money, I noticed something amusing… Both magazines were chock full of advice on how to navigate the current economy with your finances intact. No surprise there. […]

Testimony of a One Car Couple

Up until a few months ago, if someone would have asked my wife or me to get rid of one of our cars, we would’ve just snickered and responded, “Impossible!” But then it happened… I wrecked my car. A bit of background From the time we met in 2003 up until seven months ago, my wife and I had always viewed two cars as a necessity. […]

Size Matters: Tall People Make More Money

According to a recent study out of Australia that was published in The Economic Record, taller men earn more money than their shorter brethren. […]

Best CD Rates (Updated!)

With online savings accounts interest rates falling lower by the minute, I decided to put together a list of the best certificate of deposit (CD) rates. […]

Investment Performance: Stocks vs. Bonds

I just ran across an interesting article from back in March over at Barron’s. In it, they state that: One of the bedrocks of modern investing has been the surety that stocks outperform bonds over long periods. […]

Do You Need Disability Insurance?

My husband and I have recently been reviewing our insurance coverage to figure out exactly we need as a married couple with no kids. Last week, I shared some thoughts on health and life insurance. One of the most frequent responses to my previous post was that we should also be thinking about disability insurance. Nobody likes to think about what life would look like should disability strike. […]

Debt Reduction: Share Your Story

I frequently get e-mails from people who are in over their heads and looking for advice on how to get out of debt. While I do my best to point these people to relevant articles and provide some general guidance, I never hear back from them as to how things are going. With that in mind, I thought I’d kick off the week by asking you guys to share your debt reduction stories. […]

Reinvest Automatically With Lending Club

As of this week, I’ve collected $28.69 in Lending Club loan repayments, which corresponds to $20.09 in principal and $8.95 in interest. Since I now have over $25 sitting in my account, it’s time to reinvest in another note. Regular reinvestment is an important part of maximizing your Lending Club returns, as your cash balance doesn’t actually earn any interest. […]