When I proposed to my wife, Blue Nile was in its infancy. The idea that you could shop online and thousands on a product, any product, was sheer lunacy. But today? It’s common. It’s completely safe and totally expected that you’d buy online because you can get a better price, better service, and add-ons you […]
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Would you take advantage of a high-yield investment in commercial real estate if you could get in for as little as $1,000? You can by investing in the Streitwise REIT. The trust is expecting to pay an annualized dividend of 8-9% in 2020, plus the opportunity to participate in capital appreciation of the underlying properties. […]
If you’re looking for a robo-advisor for your investment portfolio, Wealthsimple offers some unique features that you may find attractive. Like most robo-advisors, Wealthsimple asks its customers questions to determine their risk appetite and then automatically spreads their money across low-cost investments, typically ETFs. The best part about robo-advisory services is that they’re known for […]
When I started working in 2003, I did all my own taxes with Turbotax. My tax situation was simple, I could use the free edition, and it took all of about an hour to complete. I did that for years until I ran my business and needed to hire a bookkeeper and an accountant. Now, […]
When you think of Fidelity, you probably think of their mutual funds and brokerage. But what if I told you they also offered a Visa Signature credit that gives unlimited 2% cash back, has no annual fee, and also a $100 bonus when you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days? They do and it’s […]
Banks are boring. You deposit money, it earns a little bit of interest (if you pick an online bank), and hopefully, you don’t lose it all because of fees. (We all remember the debacle of banks re-ordering transactions to maximize overdraft fees!) More and more banks are now going the route of being good financial […]
Aspiration doesn’t sound like a name for a financial institution. It sounds like a self-help site that shows photos of the author on top of a mountain near Machu Picchu. You know the photo I’m talking about. 🙂 But it is and I think what they are hoping to accomplish is something many other financial […]
If you’re familiar with Quicken, you already have an idea what Moneydance is all about. It’s a personal finance and budgeting tool that enables you to organize and track your financial activity. You can have all of your financial accounts – checking, savings, investments, retirement, credit cards, and other loan accounts – working through a […]
For years, I used credit cards that had no annual fee. It didn’t make sense to me. Credit cards sure are convenient but would I pay $50 for the convenience? $100? Then credit card companies started adding benefits. Cashback. Sign up bonuses. Lucrative reward structures. My first credit card with an annual fee was a […]
The world of investing is changing. In the beginning, you had full price brokerages charging you an arm and a leg to make stock trades. Then came discount brokers who charge a few dollars a trade and mutual fund companies, like Vanguard, who help you invest in mutual funds for a song. More recently, you […]