Favorite Podcasts?

I’m always on the lookout for good podcasts, so I was wondering if any of you might have some recommendations… While I’m something of a finance junky, I’m actually fairly open when it comes to subject matter. I’m definitely partial to “homegrown” podcasts as opposed to commercially produced podcasts (or simply radio shows that have […]


Another Giveaway Winner: The 5GB Microdrive

Just a quick note to say that Dreamy1’s prize has arrived… She won the 5GB Microdrive. Unfortunately, she recently dropped (and broke!) her camera, so she couldn’t post a picture. As an aside, she’s also getting the shaft on her extended warranty coverage from Bank of America/Visa. Anyway, I encourage you to stop by, check […]


The Bricks Have Arrived

In case you haven’t heard, CleverDude was the lucky winner of my box’o’bricks. Being a good sport, he even posted a picture. Credit for the enclosed note goes to my lovely and talented wife, although he did decide to censor it. For the full message, take a look at this picture, which I snapped before […]


John Bogle’s Favorite Mutual Fund Companies

Given that John Bogle helped create the first index mutual fund in 1975, it should come as no surprise that he is a huge proponent of index funds. The founder and former chief executive and chairman of Vanguard Group, Inc. argues that even the most successful fund managers are destined to stumble as their funds […]


From the Archives (May 13th – May 19th)

Here are some of my favorite FiveCentNickel (subscribe) posts from a year ago this week: » Yet Another Toilet Repair » All About Title Insurance » Withdrawing Your Roth IRA Contributions (Followup) And here’s what was going on two years ago: » Tracking CDs with Quicken » Pay Down Your Mortgage With ‘Found’ Money » […]


Weekly Roundup – 05/18/07

Here’s a quick look at some of the articles that caught my eye over the past week:


Anniversary Giveaway Prizes On Their Way

Just a quick note to say that I’m (finally) mailing the anniversary giveaway prizes today. In the interim, I thought y’all might enjoy seeing a picture of the prizes. To the winners: You won’t know what you’ve won until the package shows up on your doorstep. Again, I encourage you to take a picture of […]


Roth IRA Conversion Limits Going Away

I’ve mentioned this in passing before, but I thought it was worthy of a post of its own… In case you haven’t heard, with the passage of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, the income limits for converting traditional IRA funds to a Roth IRA are slated to go away in 2010.


Georgia Prosecutes First Violators of Payday Loan Ban

The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of two lenders charged with violating the state’s ban on payday loans. The two lenders, who were convicted of more than 40 violations, argued that the law violates the federal equal protection clause by unfairly targeting businesses located in Georgia. According to prosecutors, the two men subtly […]


Best Personal Finance Books

I just ran across a short blurb talking about the “Best Personal Finance Books” in the most recent issue of Bottom Line/Personal. They highlighted four recent books, none of which I’ve read. Here they are, along with their Amazon star ratings: “Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People” by Jane Bryant Quinn (5 stars) […]