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Personal Return on Investment Calculation

I have been using Quicken to track my investments for many years and feel it’s a quite convenient tool. However, my use of Quicken is just to register all the transactions. I don’t rely on it to, for example, to know how much return I have received from my investments because I found that Quicken […]

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Invest in Food ETFs as Food Prices Reach Record High

Last week, in the discussion of EverBank MarketSafe Diversified Commodities CD, I mentioned that as food and oil prices keep going up, such products as the Commodities CD may be a way to invest commodities. Even though oil price has eased a little bit after breaking the $100/barrel level the first time since 2008, food […]

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Zecco Eliminates Free Trades and Raises Stock Trade Commissions

When something seems too good to be true, it probably either is or won’t last long in case it is true. And what happened to Zecco Trading in the past few years just serves as a perfect example. Zecco, an online discount broker whose name stands for ZEro Commission COst, started in 2006 by offering its customer […]

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Options House Free 1-Year Barron’s Subscription and Weekend Linkage

Online discount broker OptionsHouse is offering free 1-year subscription to Barrons.com when you open a brokerage account with the firm. This promotion is similar to the 1-year free WSJ.com subscription that OptionsHouse offered last year. Basically, you open an OptionsHouse account, make an initial deposit of $1,000 ore more, then receive a complimentary 1-year subscription […]

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How to Evaluate a Lending Club Loan

I have been using Lending Club to build a small alternative investment portfolio since early 2009. One of the reasons that I got into peer-to-peer lending, though I have initially resisted the idea, is that the returns I got from savings account were just too low. In the past two years since I started, I have […]

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Emerging Market ETF: VWO or EEM

Last year, I made some changes to a portion of my wife’s IRA account that’s held at Scottrade. What I did was I sold a couple of mutual funds I still owned in the account and bought one ETF instead. For the past few years, I have used Scottrade’s systematic purchase plan to buy shares of […]

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Expensive Or Not? A Study In Market Value Measures

As the markets approach two years of gains, the question inevitably becomes where it heads from here.  Can the market continue to manufacture meaningful and sustainable returns or has this been just another bear market bounce that will eventually lead us back to where we were before? Both experts and individual investors like to use […]

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Prosper 5th Birthday Promotion

Prosper, one of the leading peer-to-peer lending providers, is celebrating its 5th Birthday on Thursday, February 17th, by making the second payment up to $300 for you if you become a borrower on February 17th and list a loan. Prosper recently lowered borrower rates. Now individuals with excellent credit can 1-year borrow personal loans through […]

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