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M1 Finance $100 Brokerage Transfer Bonus

As noted in my post on best online brokers, my favorite option in the now-crowded “robo-advisor” category is now M1 Finance. Here’s a quick rundown of what makes them different: Fully customizable. You pick your own ETF asset allocation “pie”. (You can add individual stocks too.) You can simply copy one of the many model portfolios out there, or tweak it as you like. You have full control! Here is my pie which I named the My Money Blog Portfolio. No commissions. Free stock/ETF trades ...
Tags: Marketing, Investing, Ira, Deals & Offers, Schwab Here


Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard Review – 65,000 Bonus Miles

The Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard has an improved limited-time offer.  Here are the updated card highlights: Limited-time: Earn 65,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after $4,000 in purchases within the first 4 months of account opening. Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent at gas stations* Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent at restaurants* Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases* Earn a $100 Americ...
Tags: Credit Cards, Boston, Marketing, Barclays, Las Vegas, American Airlines, Citi, Washington DC PHILADELPHIA, Miami New York, Deals & Offers, Los Angeles Charleston, Currently American Airlines


Schwab Commission-Free ETF List Review (Updated 2019)

ETFs are surpassing mutual funds as the standard building blocks of stock and bond portfolios. Here’s a closer look at the latest updates to the Charles Schwab commission-free ETF list. While the commercials often focus on quantity instead of quality, I will do the opposite. Here are the factors that I think are important: Total Assets. This is a measure of popularity and reputation. A more popular ETF will have a smaller bid/ask spread and won’t have to liquidate in a bear market. A mo...
Tags: Reviews, Marketing, US, Investing, Pimco, USCF, Invesco, Vanguard, Charles Schwab, SPDR, Schwab, ONESOURCE, Deals & Offers, Schwab Index, Treasury Bond, Core U S Aggregate Bond ETF AGG US Total Bond


Chase Freedom Unlimited Review – 3X Ultimate Rewards Points Per Dollar On Up To $20K In Spending During First Year

The Chase Freedom Unlimited Card is a no-annual-fee rewards card which earns a flat 1.5% cash back on all purchases (or a possibly more valuable 1.5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent). This is a different card from the popular Chase Freedom, which has 5% cash back on rotating categories every quarter and then 1% cash back on all other purchases. Here are the highlights: Earn 3% cash back on all purchases in your first year up to $20,000 spent. After that earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on...
Tags: Credit Cards, Marketing, United, United Airlines, Hyatt, British Airways Avios, Deals & Offers, Chase Freedom, Southwest Rapid Rewards, United Miles, Chase Freedom Unlimited Review, Sapphire Reserve, Chase Sapphire Preferred Chase Sapphire Reserve, Southwest Rapid Rewards Points, Sapphire Preferred Freedom Unlimited, Sapphire Preferred Sapphire Reserve Ink Preferred


Chase United Explorer Card Review – 60,000 Bonus Miles Limited-Time Offer

New limited-time offer. The United Explorer Card is a co-branded Chase credit card that offers unique perks on United Airlines including free checked bags and expanded award seat availability for redeeming miles. Right now, there is also a limited-time offer bump up to 60,000 bonus miles with no annual fee during the first year. Here are the highlights: Limited time offer – Up to 60,000 bonus miles. 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is ...
Tags: Credit Cards, General, Marketing, Canada, United, United Airlines, United Club, Deals & Offers, United Explorer Card, Chase United Explorer Card Review, Wi Fi Food, Bonus Miles Limited Time Offer, United Before


Best Interest Rates on Cash – April 2019

Here’s my monthly roundup of the best interest rates on cash for March 2019, roughly sorted from shortest to longest maturities. The big news is that we are starting to see some slight rate drops in CDs! Folks who locked in at 4% APY may end up pleased they did. Check out my Ultimate Rate-Chaser Calculator to get an idea of how much extra interest you’d earn if you are moving money between accounts. Rates listed are available to everyone nationwide. Rates checked as of 4/3/19. High-yield savi...
Tags: Marketing, US, Investing, Banking, Treasury, SEC, Bill, Short, Vanguard, FDIC, Ultra, Bil, CIT Bank, Navy Federal Credit Union, Deals & Offers, Redneck Bank


Barron’s Best Online Broker Rankings 2019

Each year, Barron’s releases their list of top online brokers. I like read and share it, hoping to find deeper insights into industry trends and specific broker features. However, this year their 2019 rankings article is firmly behind a paywall. That is certainly their right, but it also discourages sharing and discussion. (I am a paying subscriber to the NY Times, WSJ, and Bloomberg Businessweek, but not Barron’s.) However, hidden in a Merill Edge press release, I found that Merrill paid...
Tags: Marketing, Investing, Bank Of America, Bloomberg Businessweek, Robinhood, Vanguard, Merrill, Barron, Deals & Offers, Vanguard Pros, Firstrade, NY Times WSJ, Schwab etc Free, Merrill Preferred Rewards


Gold Delta SkyMiles American Express – 60,000 Miles + $50 Statement Credit Referral Offer

The Gold Delta SkyMiles American Express Credit Card has a limited-time offer if you are referred. Highlights: Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Limited Time Offer Ends 05/01/2019. 60,000 Skymiles is worth $600 in Delta airfare minimum. With this card, you get a minimum value out of your Skymiles via the “Pay with Mil...
Tags: Credit Cards, General, Marketing, Delta, Deals & Offers, Delta SkyMiles American Express, Gold Delta SkyMiles American Express Credit Card, Gold Delta SkyMiles American Express, Miles 50 Statement Credit Referral Offer


Schwab Intelligent Portfolios Premium Feature Review: $30 a Month For Unlimited CFP Access

Schwab has revamped their Intelligent Portfolios “robo-advisor” service, renaming the upper tier to Schwab Intelligent Portfolios Premium and adding an in-depth financial plan and unlimited advice from a Certified Financial Planner for an additional upfront fee of $300 plus an ongoing $30 a month. Bloomberg compares this to a Netflix subscription: Current users won’t have to pay the $300 fee, and they’ll be transitioned to the new pricing model as early as Thursday, but only once they have eno...
Tags: Marketing, Investing, Bloomberg, Netflix, Treasury, SEC, Bill, Vanguard, CFP, Schwab, Deals & Offers, Schwab Intelligent Portfolios Premium, Schwab Intelligent Portfolios, Every Schwab Intelligent Portfolios, Schwab Bank, Schwab Intelligent Portfolios Solutions


5% Cash Back Cards: Gas Stations, Grocery Stores, Restaurants – April to June 2019

2nd Quarter 2019 registration is now open! The credit cards below offer up to 5% cash back on specific categories that rotate each quarter. It takes a little extra attention, but it can add up to $100+ in additional rewards per year without changing your spending habits. You can also buy gift cards with the 5% back now but spend the gift cards later. New cardmembers may also get an upfront sign-up bonus. Chase Freedom – $150 Bonus From April 1st through June 30th, 2019 you can earn 5% cash ...
Tags: Amazon, Credit Cards, Marketing, US, Don, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Wal, Deals & Offers, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card, U S Bank Cash Visa Signature Card, Citi Double Cash Card Review Flat, Bank of America Merrill, U S Bank Cash Visa, Fidelity Rewards Visa Card Review, Alliant Credit Union Visa Card


Fidelity Commission-Free ETF List Review (Updated 2019)

ETFs are surpassing mutual funds as the standard building blocks of stock and bond portfolios. Therefore, I wanted to take a closer look at the commission-free ETF lists from the major brokers. Unfortunately, the marketing often focuses on quantity instead of quality. Who cares if they offer 500+ ETFs, if I only need six good ones? Here’s are the factors that I think really matter: Total Assets. This is a measure of popularity and reputation. A more popular ETF will have a smaller bid/...
Tags: Reviews, Marketing, US, Investing, Fidelity, Don, Schwab, Deals & Offers, Treasury Bond, Fidelity Commission, Fidelity Commission Free ETF, EFA International Large Cap Blend, IEFA International Large Cap Blend, Core U S Aggregate Bond ETF AGG US Total Bond, IEMG Emerging Markets Stock, iShares Core S P Mid Cap ETF IJH US Mid Cap Blend


Top 10 Best Credit Card Bonus Offers – April 2019

Updated April 2019. That space in your wallet or purse is more valuable than you think. Credit card companies are fighting it out, offering strong perks and $500+ value for a single card during the first year to encourage you to apply and try it out. These are the top 10 credit card offers that I would apply for right now, if I didn’t already most of them. Notable changes: United Explorer – limited-time 60k offer. Gold Delta SkyMiles – expired/removed. Chase Sapphire Preferred – improved 6...
Tags: Credit Cards, Marketing, Hawaii, Barclays, Marriott, Ihg, United, Hawaiian Airlines, American Airlines, Ruth, Chase Sapphire Preferred, GrubHub, Chris Steak House, Deals & Offers, Barclaycard Arrival Plus, United Explorer


Chase Sapphire Preferred Card Improved Bonus: 60,000 Points = $750 In Travel, 2X Points on Travel and Dining

Update with improved 60k offer. The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is a premium travel rewards credit card, now with an improved offer that is the best publicly-available bonus in years. The card earns points that can be redeemed for cash, travel credits, or transferred to airline miles. Here are the highlights: Learn more about this card HERE 60,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards points after $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car re...
Tags: Credit Cards, Marketing, Chase, United, Expedia, Sapphire, Hyatt, Travelocity, Southwest, Marriott Hotels, Deals & Offers, Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, Trip Cancellation Trip Interruption Insurance


Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard Review – Up to 75,000 Bonus Miles

The Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard is the official co-branded card with perks like Hawaiian miles for purchases, a free checked bag, and companion ticket discounts. Sometimes it has the Bank of Hawaii logo on it, but in all cases it is issued by Barclaycard. If you like to fly to/from Hawaii, right now there is a limited-time offer of up to 75,000 bonus miles if you meet the spending requirements. Here are the highlights: 50,000 bonus miles after $2,000 in purchases within the fi...
Tags: Credit Cards, Time, Marketing, US, Hawaii, North America, Southwest Airlines, Barclaycard, Mastercard, Hawaiian Airlines, Southwest Companion Pass, Bank of Hawaii, Deals & Offers, Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard, Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard Review, Hawaiian Airlines Free


Sprint Free Year of Unlimited Data Promo: Get Free Service Through April 30th, 2020

Now free unlimited data all the way through April 30th, 2020. Sprint has an unadvertised “secret” promotion (no TV, radio, newspaper ads, not even mentioned on front page of website) that is only available online to new customers who use the right link. If you sign up at the special link HERE, bring over your own eligible smartphone, and port-in your phone number, Sprint will give you a free year of unlimited talk, text, and data. There is no requirement to continue service past that. I ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Verizon, Marketing, Sprint, Htc, Google Nexus, T Mobile, Google Pixel, Deals & Offers, Verizon AT T and T Mobile, VIVO S Essential Phone Google Nexus, Verizon AT T and T Mobile Prepaid, Sprint Global Roaming


Sprint Free Year of Unlimited Data Promo Expired: Now $25/Month Kickstart With No Expiration

Update: This offer has expired as of 4/4/19. Instead, they have replaced this offer with a $25/month Kickstart with Unlimited Data offer that doesn’t expire after the first year. This original post is now not applicable unless you have already started the process: Sprint has an unadvertised “secret” promotion (no TV, radio, newspaper ads, not even mentioned on front page of website) that is only available online to new customers who use the right link. If you sign up at the special link HERE...
Tags: Apple, Google, Verizon, Marketing, Sprint, Htc, Google Nexus, T Mobile, Google Pixel, Deals & Offers, Verizon AT T and T Mobile, VIVO S Essential Phone Google Nexus, Verizon AT T and T Mobile Prepaid, Sprint Global Roaming


Amazon Prime Reading: Free $3 Amazon Credit w/ First Book

Amazon Prime reading has been around since 2016, offering “unlimited reading” from a rotating selection of books, magazines, and comics – all free for Amazon Prime subscribers. Right now Amazon is offering a free $3 Amazon credit when you borrow your first Prime Reading ebook. Easy few bucks if you’re a Prime member. Offer expires April 19, 2018. The Prime Reading library consists of roughly 1,000 titles, which are basically a rotating sample of the bigger Kindle Unlimited library which cos...
Tags: Amazon, Marketing, Stephen Covey, Deals & Offers, Amazon Credit, Richard Thaler Capital Gaines


Domino’s App: 10 Points Free Per Week = Eventual Free Pizza

I find it interesting how Domino’s Pizza rescued themselves from oblivion by (1) improving the taste of their pizzas so they don’t remind you of cardboard and (2) fully embracing mobile (lazy) ordering. Their smartphone app lets you apply coupons easily, order quickly, and tracks your order in real-time. There have so many business articles about this turnaround that they created a website to track them all at PizzaTurnaround.com. The Domino’s rewards program requires 60 points for a free ...
Tags: Marketing, Deals & Offers


United Explorer Business Card Review – 50,000 Bonus Miles

The United Explorer Business Card is the co-branded business credit card between Chase and United Airlines. This card offers unique perks for regular United customers including free checked bags and expanded award seat availability for redeeming miles. Here are the highlights: 50,000 bonus United miles after spending $3,000 within the first 3 months. Free first checked bag for both you and a companion (a savings of up to $120 per roundtrip) when you use your Card to purchase your ticket. Two...
Tags: Credit Cards, General, Marketing, Canada, Chase, United, Irs, Social Security Number, United Club, Deals & Offers, United Explorer, eBay Amazon Etsy, United Explorer Business Card, United Explorer Business Card Review, Chase and United Airlines


Marcus Bank $100 Bonus: Both New and Existing Customers

I’m never really sure what to call it, but Marcus (formerly Goldman Sachs Bank) is offering a $100 bonus if you deposit $10,000+ in new funds into their online savings account within 10 days of enrollment at this special offer page. You must enroll by 11:59pm EST on 3/18/19 and maintain the new $10,000+ deposit for 90 days. They will deposit $100 into your account within 14 days, after those 90 days (got it?). Both new and existing customers are eligible, which is nice. Offer available to...
Tags: Marketing, Banking, Marcus, Deals & Offers, APY, Goldman Sachs Bank, Marcus Bank


Free Morningstar Premium Mutual Fund Reports via Public Library Card

Updated 2019. Let’s say you are a DIY investor and doing some research on some mutual funds. You decide to learn more about the Vanguard Intermediate-Term Tax-Exempt Fund. You pull up the Morningstar quote pages (ticker VWITX and VWIUX) and find some useful numbers, plus an analyst report hidden to the public as a “premium” feature. You see a 14-day free trial and after some more clicking around, you discover that a premium membership to Morningstar costs $199 a year or $24 a month. Now, ...
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Best Interest Rates on Cash – March 2019

Here’s my monthly roundup of the best interest rates on cash for March 2019, roughly sorted from shortest to longest maturities. Check out my Ultimate Rate-Chaser Calculator to get an idea of how much extra interest you’d earn if you are moving money between accounts. Rates listed are available to everyone nationwide. Rates checked as of 3/4/19. High-yield savings accounts While the huge megabanks like to get away with 0.01% APY, it’s easy to open a new “piggy-back” savings account and simply mo...
Tags: Marketing, US, Investing, Banking, Treasury, SEC, Bill, Short, Vanguard, FDIC, Ultra, Mountain America Credit Union, CIT Bank, Deals & Offers, Redneck Bank, Ally Bank


Discount Mags Employee Discount Sale

DiscountMags.com is running their Employee Discount Sale through Monday, March 4th at 11:59pm ET. These sales usually only run for a few days and are good for gifts or locking in a low price for a few years. Here are some sample magazine prices during the sale. Consumer Reports Magazine. 1 year 13 issues for $18.75 ($1.44/issue) Outside Magazine. 1 year, 12 issues for $4.66 ($0.58/issue) ESPN. 1 year 12 issues for $4.54 ($0.38/issue) Women’s Health. 1 year 12 issues for 4.84 ($0.48/issue...
Tags: Marketing, Espn, Men s Health, Women s Health, Deals & Offers


Delta SkyMiles American Express Cards: 60,000 Mile + $50 Statement Credit Limited-Time Offer

American Express and Delta Airlines have various credit cards that offer special perks like free checked bags, priority boarding, and the ability to earn Delta Skymiles with card purchases. However, as you can only get the welcome bonuses once on each of these cards per person per lifetime (each card is considered different), I recommend waiting until a limited-time offer to maximize your benefit. Here are the latest such offers: Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card Learn more about this card HE...
Tags: Credit Cards, General, Marketing, Delta Airlines, Delta, American Express, Platinum, Reserve, Miles, Delta Vacations, Sky Club, MQM, Delta SkyMiles, Delta Sky Club, Deals & Offers, American Express Learn


Top 10 Best Credit Card Bonus Offers – March 2019

Updated March 2019. That space in your wallet or purse is more valuable than you think. Credit card companies are fighting it out, offering strong perks and $500+ value for a single card during the first year to encourage you to apply and try it out. These are the top 10 credit card offers that I would apply for right now, if I didn’t already most of them. Recent changes: Gold Delta SkyMiles – limited-time 60k + $50 statement credit offer. IHG Rewards Club Premier – improved 120k offer. Ma...
Tags: Credit Cards, Marketing, Hawaii, Barclays, Delta, Marriott, Ihg, American Express, Hawaiian Airlines, American Airlines, Ihg Rewards Club, Ruth, GrubHub, Delta SkyMiles, Chris Steak House, Deals & Offers


Chase IHG Rewards Club Premier Card Review: Up to 120,000 Bonus Points

The Chase IHG Rewards Club Premier credit card is the IHG hotel co-branded card with a new, improved bonus offer of up to 120,000 IHG points. Here are the highlights: Up to 120,000 total bonus points: Earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening plus an additional 40,000 bonus points after spending a total of $5,000 on purchases within 6 months of account opening. Free Night award after each account anniversary year at eligible IH...
Tags: Credit Cards, General, Marketing, Ihg, Tsa, Ihg Rewards Club, InterContinental Hotel Group, Deals & Offers, Global Entry TSA, Chase IHG Rewards Club Premier, Chase IHG Rewards Club Premier Card Review, IHG Club Premier


Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card Review: 100,000 Point Limited Time Offer

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card is the rebranded Chase/Marriott card after the merger of Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott (formerly the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card). This card offers unique perks for regular Marriott customers, and right now there is a limited-time offer bump to 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points (a 25k increase to their previous 75k offer). Here are the highlights: Limited Time Offer! Earn 100,000 Bonus Points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in t...
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Free Magazine Subscriptions: Money, Time, Fortune, & More

Mercury Magazines offers free subscriptions if you fill out their professional profile. If you provide accurate information, they will present trade publications that are applicable to your field, which is partially how they fund these offers. I have also read that sometimes magazines will offer deep discounts in order to improve their circulation numbers (which in turns make them able to charge advertisers more money). Money (2 years) Time Fortune (2 years) Autoweek (1 year) Health Hou...
Tags: Marketing, Men s Health, Autoweek, HANNAH, Veranda, Deals & Offers, Time Fortune


Andrews Federal Credit Union CD Specials: 6-Month CD at 3.25% APY

Andrews Federal Credit Union has a few share certificate specials that may be of interest. Thanks to reader Mark for the tip. 6-month CD at 3.25% APY (2/25-3/2 Only Military Saves Week Special) 84-month CD at 3.45% APY 8-month CD at 2.86% APY Each individual member limited to one Special 6-Month Certificate during the promotional period. Must be funded with new money OR the member must have a checking account, debit card, and direct deposit of $750 or more per month. All special share cert...
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Kindle Unlimited Promotion: 3 Months for $0.99 + Personal Finance Book List

Amazon is running Kindle Unlimited promotion of 3 months of unlimited reading for only $0.99. Redeem before 11:59 p.m. (PST), February 28, 2019. The standard offer is one 30-day free trial. Here, you can have been a previous Kindle Unlimited member (trial or otherwise), but you can’t be an existing paying member. Enjoy unlimited access to over 1 million books. Explore a rotating selection of popular magazines. Listen to thousands of books with Audible narration. Read anytime, on any dev...
Tags: Amazon, Marketing, Investing, Stanley, Richard Thaler, William Bernstein, Deals & Offers, Danko, Jen Smith, Ken Ilgunas, Darrow Kirkpatrick, Andrew Tobias Walden, Budgetnista Tiffany Aliche