03.31.07

Five Ways To Improve Your Career On The Commute (Without Your Cell Phone)

For many people, the morning and evening commute is time spent stuck in traffic, listening to the radio, or calling their sister-in-law on the cell

Answering A Few Questions From Mutual Fund Week

Here are three interesting questions sent in by readers of the series of mutual fund posts this week. I don’t understand how the companies that

Review: Yes, You Can Get A Financial Life!

Yes, You Can Get A Financial Life is the latest in a long string of books on financial topics from Ben Stein and his regular

Buying Books: How A Frugal Mindset Gradually Changes Your Behavior

Lately, I’ve been noticing a very interesting change in how I do things. It’s been a progression towards frugality, and I thought I would give

03.30.07

Money Magazine – April 2007

The April issue of Money Magazine arrived in my mailbox a few days ago and unfortunately stood by itself on my kitchen table for a

Mutual Funds vs. Stocks: Which Is Right For You?

As a finale to mutual fund week, I wanted to share my thoughts on the continual debate between mutual funds (especially index funds) and individual

03.30.07

Five Minute Finances #18: Freeze Your Credit Cards – Literally

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These

Making The Case Against Mutual Funds – And Breaking It

After writing all week about how great mutual funds are, it’s important to note that they’re not the be-all end-all of investments. Here are four

Yes, You Can Get A Financial Life: Buy or Don’t Buy?

I’ve been a fan of Ben Stein’s financial writings for years, but this is the first book of his that I’ve picked up. Could it

Some News And Notes About The Simple Dollar

I have several little bits of news and a few notes to share about The Simple Dollar that somewhat continues a few threads that have

03.29.07

Passion and Personal Finance

A few weeks ago, I listened to the audiobook of Winning by Jack Welch (read my earlier thoughts on Winning). For those unaware, Winning is

Building, Balancing, and Rebalancing A Mutual Fund Portfolio

You’ve read up on mutual funds and you’ve picked a small handful out that you want to invest in. Now what? How can you buy

03.29.07

When Your Friends Don’t Care About Personal Finance – And You Do

For a short while, I hung out with a crowd of people who spent money at a level that I could scarcely comprehend. They would

The Seven Factors I Use When Making A Decision About A Mutual Fund

So how do I pick the funds that I invest in? Although I don’t prescribe this list for everyone, I use seven distinct factors for

Yes, You Can Get A Financial Life: The 40s (And Beyond)

I’ve been a fan of Ben Stein’s financial writings for years, but this is the first book of his that I’ve picked up. Could it

What The 1960s Taught Our Parents About Money – And Why We Should Filter Their Financial Advice

To set the mood: The 1960s were the decade in which my parents grew up. Their parents were the so-called Greatest Generation and I, for

The Money 70: A Great Place To Start Looking For Mutual Funds

As the latest issue of Money Magazine just arrived in my mailbox (review forthcoming), it occurred to me that a mention of the Money 70

03.28.07

Five Minute Finances #17: Check Your Cell Phone Minutes

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These

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