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8 Financial Mistakes that Lead to the Post-Grad Blues
Mon, 12/29/08 | 9 Comments
8 Financial Mistakes that Lead to the Post-Grad Blues

Student Finances: A Modern Day Tragedy
My apologies for those of you I sucked in by invigorating memories of dried noodles and chicken-like scents – this post will not encourage Ramen noodle eating (but it certainly …

ETF’s Versus Index Funds & the 5 Big Differences to Consider
Sun, 12/21/08 | 9 Comments
ETF’s Versus Index Funds & the 5 Big Differences to Consider

ETF’s or Index Funds: An Epic Battle
ETF’s (exchanged traded funds) and index funds. The comparison between the two is kind of like deciding to pull over to a restaurant that you see off the side …

Does your 401k Plan Offer the Elusive Self-Directed Brokerage Option?
Wed, 12/17/08 | 8 Comments
Does your 401k Plan Offer the Elusive Self-Directed Brokerage Option?

The other day I was searching through the 401k section of my employer’s intranet and was shocked and delighted to find that employees are now offered a self-directed brokerage option through Vanguard. I have been …

5 Easy Steps to Eliminate your Junk Mail
Sun, 12/14/08 | 11 Comments
5 Easy Steps to Eliminate your Junk Mail

In a recent post, I covered how to organize mail and paperwork. What I didn’t highlight was how to eliminate all of that annoying junk mail from even arriving in your mailbox. Getting rid of …

IRS Maximum Allowed 401k Contribution Increases in 2009
Fri, 12/12/08 | 28 Comments
IRS Maximum Allowed 401k Contribution Increases in 2009

Update: the 2014 maximum 401K contribution has since been released since this post was written. What follows is for 2009.
The IRS maximum allowed 401K contribution will increase from 2008’s $15,500 to $16,500 in 2009 (for …

A Complete Guide to Effectively Organizing your Paperwork & Mail
Tue, 12/9/08 | 11 Comments
A Complete Guide to Effectively Organizing your Paperwork & Mail

How to Organize Paperwork
We’d all like to think that we’re at or near going paperless (and perhaps a few of us are). However, the truth is that most of us still receive enough snail mail …


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