A headline passed across my Twitter feed yesterday that seemed like a good bank account signup bonus: "$500 Bonus for New Money Market Account at Capital One." $500 is a lot of money, so I clicked through to check out what the requirements were. As usual, there were some deposit requirements, in this case a $50,000 deposit of outside money, held in the account for 6-8 weeks … [Read more...] about What goes into a good active savings strategy?
I've been an enthusiastic fan of high-interest checking and savings accounts ever since you could earn 6% APY on your PayPal account balance back in the early 2000's (unfortunately I was in college at the time and barely had two quarters to rub together at 6% APY). The boring reason is that the more work your risk-free assets are able to do, the less work your riskier … [Read more...] about Winners and losers from changes to Consumers Credit Union Free Rewards Checking accounts (and why it matters)
Modestly improved investor education and extensive marketing have made investors today more conscious of the costs of their investment decisions, and helped promote the use of index-tracking mutual funds and exchange-traded funds as opportunities to reduce expenses and allow investors to keep more of their investment returns. While cost-consciousness is a clear positive for … [Read more...] about Index construction is the most important, least understood part of the indexing revolution
About a year or so ago I noticed a cliche spreading among a certain set of prominent investors and money managers: that a key obstacle to success among young people today is a lack of personal finance erudition. Today's entry in the genre came from Ben Carlson at Ritholtz Wealth Management, who wrote: "I wish high schools and colleges would teach personal finance. They could … [Read more...] about So-called “personal finance education” is a distraction
Last month I wrote about a range of available non-retirement investment accounts and broke down some advantages and disadvantages of each. When it came to 529 college savings accounts, reader flyernick had some objections to my math: "On one hand, you’re arguing that at withdrawal, you get to exempt $12000 in gains because of the std. deduction. Then you compare that, 'In a … [Read more...] about Why I like tax-free internal compounding, and why you might (and might not)