Reader Question: What to do After Your Identity Has Been Hacked

(Editor’s Note: CVS unexpectedly squashed their Vanilla Reload program this week so the article I was planning on releasing today is now pretty much useless.  I still posted it since I worked hard on it but I thought I would give everyone another article to satiate their Friday hunger for personal finance!  2 articles for […]

No 401(k) Available at Work. What To Do?

I received an interesting question the other day about a topic I hadn’t given much thought to before. A reader e-mailed me asking what they should do if their work didn’t offer a 401(k) plan. I talk a lot about asset allocation, investing strategies and making contributions to your retirement accounts but it’s a lot […]

Reader Question: Should I Close My Old Credit Cards and Open a New One?

One of the most popular articles on this site is an article I wrote last year about ‘piggybacking’ off someone’s credit(1,121 views in just the past month alone).  In the article, I actually did a case study where I added my fiancee as an authorized user to my AMEX Gold card and compared her scores and […]

Weekend Reading Blog Round-Up

Even though I often don’t have time to comment on a lot of other articles, I read a ton of them.  I’m traveling again this weekend so I’ll be doing a lot more reading.  Reading other people’s personal finance articles often inspires some of my own. A lot of people ask me how I come […]

Reader Question on Investing for Beginners: Betterment.com Review

Today, we have a reader question about the site Betterment.com.  If you have a question for me, feel free to send me an e-mail. Reader TA writes in: I’m wondering if you’ve heard anything about the Betterment.com site?  I’m interested in learning/starting how to invest, and this site looks like a good place to start […]

Reader Question: Is a 5% Return from a Secondary Market Annuity Too Good to Be True?

Reader PR writes in: “Harry, what are your thoughts on secondary market annuities?  I’m looking for some higher returns for my savings. Some of the SMA’s I’m looking at right now are returning 4 or 5%.  It seems like they are a pretty safe investment, but maybe I’m missing something.” I’ll be honest, when I first […]

Reader Question: Investing in Real Estate Without a Down Payment, What is an REIT?

Here’s a question from a reader named Bilbo Baggins, not sure if this his real name or not “I’m fully convinced its a great time to buy property. However, I am not ready to make that kind of commitment and am looking for investments that will reap the same kind of passive income. Something like […]

Reader Question: Health Savings Account Explained

Reader JY writes in, “I was wondering if you have written anything regarding the Health Savings Account and high deductible health insurance plans. I have recently signed up for this through my new employer as the idea sounded really great. Previously I was paying for one of the more expensive plans, the Kaiser HMO. Now […]

Reader Question: What Should I Do With My 401k?

David writes in, “I waste my money on having a personal Financial Advisor w/ Merrill Lynch.  He gets 1% of everything invested annually.  I cut him a quarterly check and he picks which mutual funds to invest in.  The market has been sucking so my mutuals are only up about 4% cumulatively since inception.  I don’t […]