Rank #1: 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 […]
Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: 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 […]
Rank #4: 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 […]
Rank #5: DR 318: Home Documents You Should keep
In this episode, Rob discusses the process of buying a home (he just bought one!) But how should he (and you) keep track of important documents? Rob created a shared spreadsheet that you can use to keep track of everything important related to his home.
Rank #6: DR 296--The 7 Levels of Financial Freedom
We examine the 7 levels of financial freedom.
Rank #7: DR 187: Interview with Retirement Expert Dr. Wade Pfau
Imagine you spend 30 or 40 years saving and investing for retirement. With a long investing horizon, you stick with an aggressive asset allocation of 70% or more in equities. Now it’s time to retire and start spending some of your wealth. How should you invest? It’s a tricky issue. On the one hand you […]
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Rank #8: 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 […]
Rank #9: DR 108: Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage or Invest for Retirement?
Imagine you’ve just inherited some money. The amount just happens to match the outstanding balance on your mortgage. Now you have a decision. Do you pay off the mortgage or invest the money for retirement. That’s the question facing a podcast listener named Shelly. Here is her email to me: Great job on your podcasts. […]
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Rank #10: 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 […]
Rank #11: DR 124: Where Do People Keep Their Emergency Fund?
Where do people stash their cash for emergencies? That’s the question I asked more than 18,000 subscribers to the weekly Dough Roller newsletter. The common wisdom is to keep emergency funds in an FDIC insured bank account, preferably one that pays a high yield. But with interest rates at historic lows, are people taking on […]
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Rank #12: DR 213: 15 vs 30-Year Mortgage | How to use inversion (thinking backwards) to pick the best option
Taking out a mortgage is one of the biggest financial commitments you’ll ever make. It gives you the means to own your own home, but it’s also a decision you have to stick with for years. Some people call it “good” debt because it could increase your net worth. That said, it’s still debt, which […]
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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: DR 208: Interview with Vanguard on its Investment Advisory Service
The Department of Labor released its final regulation on what’s known as the Fiduciary Rule. The rule requires those offering paid financial advice on retirement accounts to put their client’s interests first. While at first glance the rule seems anything but objectionable, it raises some concerns. One key concern is cost. While fee-only advisors promote the […]
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Rank #16: DR 113: How to Invest in a 529 Plan
How should you invest money in a 529 plan? These college savings plans present some unique investing challenges. On the one hand you want the money to grow to at least keep up with the rising cost of college. On the other hand, there is a limited time horizon. Assume too much risk and the […]
Rank #17: DR 059: Should You Rent a Home or Buy One?
Is renting or buying a home better? How do you determine which is right for you? Is there a basic rule of thumb you can use to make this decision? A reader named Joe recently wrote in asking if it’s better for him to rent or buy. This is a timely question, and it’s one […]
Rank #18: DR 126: Most Popular Personal Finance Books
In last week’s newsletter I asked the following question: What is your favorite book about money. Some of the responses listed popular books. Some mentioned books that were new to me. Each of the books offers some real insight into personal finance and investing. Arguably the best thing we can do to improve our finances […]
Rank #19: DR 210: How to evaluate your investment portfolio
Evaluating your investment portfolio is a critical task for DIY investors. That’s particularly true if you have an investment advisor manage your money and are now considering taking over the reins. That’s exactly the situation of a reader named Dave who emailed me recently. He’s five to 10 years away from retirement. His investments are […]
Rank #20: 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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