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The Latest Brokerage Price War is Good News for Newbie Investors 3

How quickly things can change. In just the past two weeks or so, there's been a sea change in the brokerage business. It started when Charles Schwab announced that it would be dropping its trade commission fee to $0. Almost immediately, TD Ameritrade and E*Trade followed suit, with Fidelity also...

Apparently Not All "IRS" Mail is a Scam

As much I love USPS's Informed Delivery service, it can sometimes cause me anguish. Specifically, there have now been two times when seeing what was headed to my mailbox led to several stressful hours. I should probably explain... A few weeks ago, I saw that I had some piece of...

Bonus Star Bingo is Back at Starbucks 2

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Okay, that's a bit of a stretch — but it is at least a moderately exciting time. That's because Starbucks just rolled out its latest Bonus Star Bingo game, enabling the chain's loyalists to earn free beverages and more. As I've previously...

Book Review: "Ideas, Influence, and Income" by Tanya Hall 3

There are few titles that still hold as much cachet in our society as that of "author." While the label may have lost some of its luster due a flood of subpar self-publications in recent years, there's no question that having a published book can be a big benefit to...

Should You Buy, Lease, or Finance Your Next Smartphone? 4

Remember a few years ago when you thought that friend of yours who always had the latest model iPhone was crazy for spending that much? That’s changed in recent years as carriers and others now allow you to lease your device. Taking a page from the auto industry, you have...

SoFi Invest Takes on "The Latte Factor" With Limited-Time Offer

We've all heard of the so-called "Latte Factor" that seeks the quantify how much you could be saving sans Starbucks trips and, in turn, how much you could earn by reinvesting said funds. It's a theory that makes a lot of sense to some but has also been criticized for...