Rank #1: DR 024: How to Invest Like Warren Buffett [Interview withLarry Swedroe]
This is the seventeenth day in our 31-Day Money Challenge. Over 31 days we’ll publish 31 podcasts, each designed to help you move closer to financial freedom. Yesterday we looked at why it’s important to invest like a business owner. In today’s podcast, we interview Larry Swedroe, author of Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren […]
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Jan 17 2014
Rank #2: DR 194: Thoughts on Early Retirement
Retiring early is a dream held by many, but few people understand what it takes to make it happen. Even worse, many people don’t realize how much money they’ll need to retire early, so they hold out hope when their chances are slim. Still, it’s important to note that early retirement is absolutely achievable. With a commitment […]
Sep 16 2015
Rank #3: DR 217: How to Become a Millionaire the Hard Way
In my weekly Forbes column, I published an article on how to become a millionaire in under 20 years. There’s no mystery to it. Save a reasonable amount of money each month (maxing out a 401k will get the job done) and invest it wisely in low cost index funds. Done and done. And then […]
Jul 13 2016
Rank #4: DR 198: The 3 Ingredients to Building Lasting Wealth
Building wealth isn’t rocket science. Sure it can be hard to spend less than you make. And investing can be a bit overwhelming at first. But the math behind wealth is really simple. It only has three ingredients. And that’s true whether you’re Warren Buffett or a school teacher. It doesn’t matter how much you […]
Nov 30 2015
Rank #5: DR 296--The 7 Levels of Financial Freedom
We examine the 7 levels of financial freedom.
Apr 02 2018
Rank #6: DR 090: Roth vs. Traditional IRA or 401k: The Math Behind This Important Decision
It’s without a doubt the most frequent question I receive from readers of this blog. People want to know whether they should put their retirement savings in a Roth vs traditional IRA or 401k. I’ve written a lot about these retirement options. If you are new to retirement accounts, I’d suggest you start by reading […]
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Jul 22 2014
Rank #7: DR 186: How big of a down payment should you make on your next home?
Not everybody has the luxury to make a down payment of a home of more than 20%. But if you do, how do you decide just how big of a down payment to make? That’s the question we received recently from a reader named Kevin: Here’s the email: Hi Rob, My wife and I are […]
Aug 04 2015
Rank #8: DR 192: 2 Keys to Successfully Automating Your Finances
Taking care of your money can be exhausting. Budgeting, paying bills, and making deposits takes time, and it all adds up. It isn’t uncommon to spend several hours each week sorting through your bills and monthly statements. And if you’re like most people, it just causes you stress and takes up time that would be […]
Sep 11 2015
Rank #9: DR 197: 5 Costly Myths About Dividend Investing
Income investing in retirement has a lot of initial appeal. Rather than selling shares of a mutual fund or stock, one can instead live off of dividends from stocks and interest from bonds. This approach feels much safer than actually selling part of your investment. The reality of income or dividend investing, however, is not […]
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Nov 23 2015
Rank #10: DR 039: Mutual Funds vs. ETFs–Does it Really Matter?
Following the conclusion of my 31-Day Money Challenge, I’ve had several people email me about the difference between mutual funds and ETFs (exchange traded funds). A quick review of opinions online may lead some to think ETFs are better than mutual funds. There is a lot of information suggesting, for example, that ETFs are less […]
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Feb 19 2014
Rank #11: Betterment vs. Wealthfront
Two of the biggest robo advisors are Betterment and WealthFront. At first glance they may appear to be virtually identical. Both create diversified portfolios with similar low cost ETFs. Both rebalance your portfolio, reinvest your dividends, and offer tax loss harvesting. Both have slick, easy to use websites. But there are some significant differences between […]
Jan 15 2015
Rank #12: DR 040: How Best to Use a Backdoor Roth IRA
Even if you exceed the income limits for contribution to a Roth IRA, you may still be able to take advantage of this excellent additional retirement account option. You can work through what’s called a “backdoor Roth,” which basically means that you convert traditional IRA contributions into a Roth IRA. The process gets a little […]
Feb 21 2014
Rank #13: DR Podcast 319: FIRE Math
In this episode we're going to talk about the simple math behind the FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early). How do you even start to think about how much money you'll need when you're ready to retire? The good thing is, it's easier to figure out than you might think. Plus, Rob talks about his new book, which is now available on pre-order.
Sep 09 2019
Rank #14: DR 053: Should You Lease or Buy a Car?
Recently, a reader named John wrote in asking about leasing vs. buying a car. Here is John’s question: I was wondering what your input is in regard to buying vehicles? For example, I’m in the process right now of selling a vehicle for a good buck. Would you suggest reinvesting this money in a used […]
Apr 14 2014
Rank #15: DR 130: The #1 Way to Save Money Is . . .
The many ways to save money are limited only by our imagination. That’s why I asked the readers of the Dough Roller Newsletter their #1 money saving tip. In past weeks they have given some great replies to other questions: What is your favorite book about money? Where do you keep your emergency fund? What […]
Nov 22 2014
Rank #16: DR 171: How to Retire at 40 – Interview With Chris of Eat the Financial Elephant
Since launching the podcast in 2013, I’ve had the chance to interview folks about early retirement. It started with Mr. Money Mustache, who retired at the ripe old age of 30. Then we had Todd Tresidder on the show, a former hedge fund manager who retired at 35. More recently, we talked to Jason of […]
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Apr 14 2015
Rank #17: 5 Reasons Never to Pay Off a Mortgage Early (and 1 Reason You Must)
Whether to pay off a mortgage early is an important decision. For some it’s a question of whether to allocate some extra cash each month to the mortgage. For others it’s a question of whether to pay off the home loan all at once. The lump sum approach often becomes an option from an inheritance […]
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Mar 27 2015
Rank #18: DR 165: Financial Freedom Calculator - How Much Should You Save?
How much should you be saving? It’s a question that we ask a lot, and there are a number of rules of thumb. One answer is based on the 50/20/30 budgeting system. Popularized by Senator Elizabeth Warren, this rule of thumb suggests we should be saving 20% of our income. Any general guideline, however, has […]
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Mar 02 2015
Rank #19: DR 100: 100 Ways to Improve Your Finances (Most in Under 10 Minutes)
To commemorate the 100th episode of the Dough Roller podcast, I pulled together 100 ways to improve your finances. Let’s get started. 1. Balance your checkbook: Balancing a checkbook helps you focus on where you’ve spent your money and it ensures your bank hasn’t made any mistakes. With the help of budgeting tools such as […]
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Aug 22 2014
Rank #20: DR 068: The 50-20-30 Budget
How can the numbers 50, 20, and 30 help you manage your finances? Today, we’re going to talk about the 50-20-30 rule of budgeting. A company called LearnVest popularized this rule of budgeting recently, but it’s been around long before them. I’ve seen many financial experts write about it, as well. The bottom line is […]
May 23 2014