Lessons from a Manic Stock Market & Flash Correction
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Last Monday morning, I was feeling absolutely sick to my stomach.
The Dow had just opened the day 1,000 points below where it had closed the previous Friday. And this was after it had lost an …

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The Top 15 Cheapest New Cars of 2011
January 11, 2011 | 65 Comments
The Top 15 Cheapest New Cars of 2011

Update: I’ve also put together a list of this year’s cheapest new cars, in addition to 2014, 2013, and 2012. What follows is for the 2011 model year.
Thinking of buying a new car? If you’re …

Energy Tax Credits Extended but Reduced in 2011
January 10, 2011 | 10 Comments
Energy Tax Credits Extended but Reduced in 2011

Update: the latest energy tax credit details have now been released.
Energy Tax Credit Changes in 2011
There is a home Energy Tax Credit this year, it’s just not half what it used to be. Literally. The …

2011 Tax Rate Bracket Changes Announced by IRS
January 5, 2011 | 9 Comments
2011 Tax Rate Bracket Changes Announced by IRS

Update: The 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 tax brackets and standard deductions have since been announced.
2011 Tax Rate Changes
I’ve been discussing the Obama tax cut deal a lot recently, since there were so many provisions …

The Hidden 401K Fees that Can Crack your Nest Egg
January 4, 2011 | 7 Comments
The Hidden 401K Fees that Can Crack your Nest Egg

401K Fee Secrets
Did you know that your employer-sponsored 401K plan is able to charge you fees beyond the management fees of the funds that you invest in? It’s the dirty little secret of 401K plans. …

Get it On. Child Tax Credit Extended Permanently
January 3, 2011 | 241 Comments
Get it On. Child Tax Credit Extended Permanently

This post has been updated for the 2015 calendar year.

What is the Child Tax Credit?
As part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (aka the “Fiscal Cliff Deal”), signed in to law on Jan …

9 FREE Financial Services to Help you DOMINATE your Financial New Year’s Resolutions
December 28, 2010 | 11 Comments
9 FREE Financial Services to Help you DOMINATE your Financial New Year’s Resolutions

Sometimes the best things in life are really free after all. Well, OK, personal finance services and strategy rarely fits in the ‘best things in life’ category, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t important …


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