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Max Out your 401k Early in the Year for Better Returns?
Wed, 04/30/14 | 33 Comments
Max Out your 401k Early in the Year for Better Returns?

I was recently approached by a longtime reader with a seemingly random question,
“Is it better to max out your 401k each year as soon as possible?”
Upon digging a little deeper, I found out that a …

Vanguard has 3 S&P 500 Index Funds. How do you Choose?
Mon, 04/28/14 | 28 Comments
Vanguard has 3 S&P 500 Index Funds. How do you Choose?

I’m a big fan of passive index investing, where you basically pile all of your investments in to index funds and don’t try to time the market. For the amateur investor, it is hard to …

Consumerism Gone Wrong? Here are Some of the Worst Offenders
Wed, 04/23/14 | 48 Comments
Consumerism Gone Wrong? Here are Some of the Worst Offenders

I have been trying to think of an item that perfectly symbolizes consumerism gone wrong.
You know, those things that are just absolutely unnecessary, wasteful, atrocious inventions.
I need your help.
It’s tough. Everywhere you look, there are …

Self-Employed Retirement Plan Faceoff: SEP IRA vs Solo 401k vs SIMPLE IRA
Mon, 04/21/14 | 4 Comments
Self-Employed Retirement Plan Faceoff: SEP IRA vs Solo 401k vs SIMPLE IRA

While completing my taxes this year, I started noticing that I would have a sizable tax bill due from self-employment income unless I found a way to reduce my taxable income.
Our (my wife and I …

Healthcare.gov Qualifying Life Events for Special Enrollment
Wed, 04/16/14 | 7 Comments
Healthcare.gov Qualifying Life Events for Special Enrollment

One of the biggest selling points of the Affordable Care Act was that it would allow millions who previously had not had insurance to get affordable insurance through a public health insurance exchange. The biggest …

SIMPLE IRA Basics for Self-Employment Income
Mon, 04/14/14 | One Comment
SIMPLE IRA Basics for Self-Employment Income

This is the third installment in a multi-part series on retirement accounts for self-employment income.
We previously covered SEP IRA and Solo 401k basics. In this post, we’ll cover the SIMPLE IRA.
You don’t have to be …


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