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What Does NetworthIQ Statistics Say about Net Worth?

I have been using NetworthIQ to track our net worth for several months now and find it’s a quite nice tool. However, for most of the time, I go straight to my account and update the numbers without paying much attention to what happened elsewhere. Last night, when I was broswing NetworthIQ, I noticed that […]

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IRS Gives April 16 Storm Victims Two Extra Days to File Their Tax Returns

If you are living in the Northeast and is affected by the weekend storm, IRS will give you two extra days to file your income tax return beyond the April 17 deadline. According to the IRS announcement, Victims of the major storm affecting several Northeastern states on Monday, April 16 will have two additional days […]

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Taxes are Finally Done and Some Thoughts on What to Do Next

Well, I waited till the last minute to finish our taxes (thanks for the two extra days). Actually, I started the work in February, shortly after all the forms were in, but suspended it when I noticed that we had to send back a big check. I never rush when I need to pay money […]

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Rare Buying Opportunity for Real Estate Investors

Last week, I posted a piece on investing in real estate through REIT. The following guest article is on the same topic and is written by Tom Kerr from MortgageLoan.com. Savvy stock market professionals know that the best time to buy is when everyone else is selling. The same holds true for real estate investing. […]

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Key Differences between Traditional and Roth IRA

Last week I got an email from a reader about the difference between Traditional and Roth IRA. The question is more on the withdraw side than contribution side. After giving a quick answer, I feel I can expand it a little bit with more information on this topic. But tax rules are always complex, so […]

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Where to Live with Less Taxes, then Do You Want to Live There?

CNNMoney.com yesterday has an article which listed top 5 most tax-friendly states and top 5 states with the most heavy tax burdens. According to the article, For the 17th year in a row, the far Western state earned the distinction of being America’s most tax-friendly state. Among them, Alaska ranked No. 1 with the lightest […]

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Which Mortgage is Right for You and Why

MSN Monday today has an article on some common mortgages with brief discussions on which type of loan makes more sense under certain circumstance. The following are excerpts from article. I added the “What” section to give definitions of each loan type for easier read. Buying for the long haul Loan: 30-year fixed rate mortgage. […]

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Chase Freedom Card Received but Not as Good as Thought

About two weeks ago, I applied and approved for a new Chase Freedom card. The main reason for me to apply the card is the advertised $250 bonus after first purchase, though I can still use the 3% cashback on grocery store, gas, and fast food restaurant purchases. What could be better than $250 free […]

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