• December 11, 2017
  • by Emily

Socially Responsible Investing 101

If you’d like to start investing in stocks but balk at the idea of your cash being used to commit environmental atrocities or by a company with a poor human rights record, here are some ...

Personal Finance

Cryptocurrencies - Get Rich Quick (or not) and Investment vs Speculation

Lots of people are giddy over the sky rocketing prices of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. It’s easy to confuse speculation with investing. We explain the difference.

Financial Literacy

  • November 20, 2017
  • by Emily

Being a Plumber vs. Being a Doctor - Net Worth Simulations

Here’s what you can learn about plumbers, doctors (and other career paths) by running some comparisons on the Wealth Meta Income and Spending Simulator.

Personal Finance

  • November 8, 2017
  • by Emily

Playing the Credit Card Reward Game—How to Make It Worth It

Rewards cards can be a net win (3% on spending is a reasonable goal). They only pay off if you know how to use them correctly and have the right attitude going in. Here are ...

Personal Finance

  • November 1, 2017
  • by Emily

Is Buying or Renting a home better? Simulator Results

Using the Wealth Meta Income and Spending Simulator, I ran a couple of tests to see what would be better in the long run. It turns out buying is better given our assumptions, but that ...

Homes and Real Estate

  • October 24, 2017
  • by Emily

Should You Stay Home with the Kids

Childcare in the United States is really expensive. However being a stay at home parent comes with hidden costs both for the parent and the child.

Family and Finances

TD Ameritrade Commission Free ETF Shake Up

TD Ameritrade has decided to change out its entire commission free ETF lineup. They are dropping almost all the Vanguard and iShares ETFs. The list used to have 100 commission free ETFs and now it ...

Personal Finance

  • October 14, 2017
  • by Emily

Using the Income and Spending Simulator to Meet Your Financial Independence Goals

If you’re interested in FIRE (financial independence / retire early) you need to try this simulator. This walk through details my own personal finances as a single mother currently living abroad.

Personal Finance

  • September 30, 2017
  • by Emily

How to Improve Your Credit

Having a good credit score will save you money every time you try to take out a loan, whether it is for a car, a mortgage or to start a business. Getting and maintaining a ...

Personal Finance

Overdraft Protection - What Banks and Thieves Love

If a thief gets into your checking account, they can drain your checking account plus your savings account if overdraft is turned on. Overdraft may not be worth the risk if you have even a ...

Risk Reduction