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Is It Just Me? Or Vanguard? Or Scottrade? Or All?

I really don't know if it's only me or somebody else who ever transfered their IRA assets from Scottrade to Vanguard had the same terrible experience. After my last conversation with Vanguard more than two weeks ago, I thought all the troubles I had with Vanguard were behind me and the last chapter of the […]

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Local Gas Price Watch: First Increase in Months

After staying at $.199/gallon for nearly 3 weeks, the gas prices at my local station saw first increase in months, back to above $2 again. Last Friday, when I passed by the station that I always use to fill up my car, I noticed the price for one gallon regular gas was at $2.03, up […]

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Fidelity 529 College Rewards MasterCard

When MBNA and Bank of America merged their online access last month, my MBNA AAA credit card has been moved to BoA and I can access the credit card using the same login as my BoA bank account. But my Fidelity 529 College Rewards card, which was also issued by MBNA was left out. What […]

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For Those Who is the CFO of the Whole Family: Is Your Spouse Financially Prepared?

If you have read Flexo's post "You, Inc.: How to Be the CFO of Your Own Life" at Get Rich Slowly yesterday, you knew what he meant of being the CFO of his own life: managing everything financial himself. Since I started reading posts on Pfblogs.org in August, I noticed from their posts (monthly expenses […]

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How to be Successful in Investing from Kiplinger — Part IV

Here’s a question: If you are given $10,000, would you rather take it now or a year from now? Of course everybody will choose to put the money in the pocket right away instead of waiting another year and the reasons are simple: 1) If the money will be sitting somewhere other than high yield […]

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A Portable Keyboard?

Yeah, and you can get one for only 10 bucks. But who's gonna carry a keyboard anyway? 

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401(k) Performance: Trader vs Rebalancer

Everybody trades, more or less, and I do too. For me, most of the trades were in brokerage accounts with individual stocks. For mutual fund accounts, there were far more buys than sells. But for 401(k) account, so far there seemed to be only buys, no sells. Actually, the only activities in my 401(k) plan […]

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Auto Insurance: Should I Switch?

Early last month, I updated our car information with Liberty Mutual, our current auto and home insurer. The policy won't expire till the end of next January, and we have been quite happy with their rates and services for the past three years. Therefore, we aren't actively seeking any replacement, though the premiums went up […]

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