I’ve changed my publishing schedule to one article every two weeks. Here’s why.
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Myanmar And The Ugliest $1 Bill I Ever Spent

A while back I read a cool guest post by Money Graffiti on Budgets Are Sexy about the legality of writing on dollar bills. You can read it here. It reminded me of a story from my 14-month backpacking trip about a special and very ugly dollar bill. A consistent necessity throughout my trip was exchanging […]

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New Rental Property on the Horizon?

About a month ago, we had a really lousy week in the RBD household. In an effort to save some money, Mrs. RBD made a vegetable stock out of veggie scraps she had been saving. After eight hours in the slow cooker, she strained out the globs of celery, carrots, onions and potatoes to produce […]

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Bye Bye Cable TV

During a long drive over the Christmas holiday, my wife and I discussed ways to simplify our lives, become more productive and save more money. In my 2014 goals post, I mentioned ways we’d simplify our financial lives, but I left out this particular money and time saving action item. We really enjoy shows on […]

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Procter & Gamble DRIP – Still a Smart Investment?

Update: I received an email indicating PG has left Computershare for Wells Fargo Shareowner Services and is raising fees. I find this disappointing as we’ll need new accounts at WF. Because of the fees I no longer recommend the Procter & Gamble DRIP. Revolt Against Fees! For information on how to transfer shares out of a DRIP, […]

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Retirement Strategy Revisited

Back in September 2013 when I started this blog, I wrote a short post about retirement strategy. It was my third post, and it listed out my basic retirement strategy while serving as an outline for what I’d write about on the blog. This post is an updated version digging deeper into my strategy. A […]

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My Merrill Lynch Internship Experience

Early on in college, I designated the summer of 1997 as the time to get an internship in finance. Other summers I spent working at the beach or goofing off in my home town. Headed into my senior year, it was time to get serious and start building my career. Merrill Lynch offered me an […]

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Proxy Voting and the Worst Job I Ever Had

Prior to a company’s annual meeting, shareholders receive a package in the mail or via email. It contains an invitation and some documents known as proxy voting materials. The proxy voting package outlines upcoming proceedings that will take place at the annual meeting. Usually this includes voting on the Board of Directors, confirmation of the […]

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Utilize the Roth IRA for Early Retirement

Are you interested in learning about using the Roth IRA for early retirement? Anyone seeking financial independence must understand how to utilize the Roth IRA for early retirement in the context of their own retirement plan. Its usage will not be the same for everyone. Government incentives and laws consequently shape and complicate all of our […]

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The Details of My Rental Property

Every month I update the Investment Income page to show how my passive income streams are fairing. Included is the amount of money I make on my rental property. In this post I’m going to give you some background and crunch the numbers to show you exactly how I calculate my cash flow. The property […]

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Aqua America DRIP Investment Initiated

Update – I’m no longer investing in the Aqua America DRIP. I still own the stock, but it’s been transferred to M1 Finance.  I’m now using M1 Finance instead of opening new DRIPs. It’s a more intuitive platform for beginner to intermediate investors. Highly recommended.  On January 8th, 2014 I initiated a position in the Aqua America […]

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Sector Weighting – Developing a Game Plan

Update: I’m now using Personal Capital for complete asset allocation analysis, net worth calculation, sector weighting and retirement fee analysis. It’s 100% free to use. Highly recommended. I have recently done some sector weighting analysis on my portfolio.  By evaluating my portfolio, I can see where I am overweight and underweight large sectors of the […]

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10 Years In The Verizon DRIP

Update: I’ve since transferred my Verizon DRIP shares out of Computershare and into TD Ameritrade. Click here to read about the transfer process. Instead of opening new DRIPs, I prefer a more flexible platform called M1 Finance. M1 Finance gives you all the benefits of dollar cost averaging and fractional shares but at a lower […]

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A Lending Club Filter For Solid Returns

After using LendingRobot for automated purchases for a while instead of this Lending Club Filter, I’m back to selecting notes manually and this filter again. Read about my latest Lending Club investing returns here.  On May 2nd, 2013, Google bought a stake in Lending Club at a $1.55 billion valuation. This headline was the first time I […]

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The Best 529 Plan For My Daughter Is Not As Perfect As She Is

I recently opened a new 529 account for my daughter’s college savings.  After a lot of thought, and without much fanfare, I have decided to use the Virginia 529 inVest Plan, the same plan I use for my son. From my research, it’s the best 529 plan available for our family. I have written an […]

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