Moneysmartz Personal Finance Directory, Guide, and Blog

GasBuddy

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Archived Under: Money Management , New and Notable


New and Notable Web Sites:  GasBuddy.comLooking for a friend to help you find the cheapest gas in town? GasBuddy.com, a network of over 180 gas price websites, will help you find low gas prices in your neighborhood.

Since gasoline prices frequently change and may vary by as much as a quarter a gallon within a few blocks, it's beneficial to know where to find the lowest prices. The GasBuddy network, powered by local websites, allows motorists to post gas price information.

To get a bird's eye view on gas prices in your area, visit the color-coded map on the home page. Drill down by clicking the map to find the best deals.

As gas prices continue to rise, it is good to know you have a friend working 24/7 to help you find low gas prices.


JD Power

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Archived Under: Financial Services , New and Notable


New and Notable Web Sites:  JD PowerJ.D. Power and Associates is synonymous with automobile ratings, but you may not know that J.D. Power rates financial services, including insurance, credit cards, and more at its consumer site JDPower.com.

Started 40 years ago, J.D. Power and Associates conducts customer satisfaction, product quality and buyer behavior surveys.

As you evaluate financial services, JDPower.com's ratings offer an important point of reference in your buying decision. Financial services rated by J.D. Power include: Like Epinion's consumer ratings, time with J.D. Power before you buy will help you avoid a headache or two down the road.


Feed The Pig

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Archived Under: Money Management , New and Notable


New and Notable Web Sites:  Feed The PigBenjamin Bankes has a lot to say to young Americans about taking baby savings steps today for big savings in the future. Who is Benjamin Bankes? He is the spokespig, imaginary of course, for the Feed the Pig™ national public service campaign sponsored by The Advertising Council and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Through commercials and a website, the campaign is encouraging "the 40 million Americans age 25 to 34 to take control of their personal finances." The commercials are offbeat and the website offers podcasts, calendars, tips, and resources to help individuals begin paying off debt and start preparing for a better future.


Wallstrip

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Archived Under: Financial Videos , Investing , New and Notable


New and Notable Web Sites:  Wallstrip"It's 'Squawk Box' meets 'Saturday Night Live'," says The New York Times. At the cutting edge of online financial video, Wallstrip, with the tagline, "where pop culture meets stock culture," features one high-flying stock every day.

Launched in 2006 and later acquired by CBS, Wallstrip has an extensive archive of humorous, yet informative videos about your favorite stocks with related commentary from financial bloggers. Julie Alexandria, an actress who has paved the way for other online hosts, including Barely Political's Obama Girl, hosts this daily show.

For a fresh take on the daily stock pick, Wallstrip is an entertaining way to learn about hot stocks.


J.K. Lasser

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Archived Under: New and Notable , Taxes


New and Notable Web Sites:  J.K. LasserA complex tax code and changing personal life circumstances make year-round tax planning a necessity for many, especially do-it-yourself tax preparers. Fortunately, J.K. Lasser, publisher of Your Income Tax, America's bestselling tax guide, offers tax planning and tax preparation 365 days-a-year at JKLasser.com.

The J.K. Lasser website includes everything you need to plan and prepare your taxes, including 1040 essentials, life planning, self-employment, tax news, forms and tools, ask JK, and a lot more. Some of the content is free, but full access is $29.95 per year.

The J.K. Lasser website and publication is edited by an experienced team of tax, accounting, and small business experts.

If you are serious about your personal tax planning, then an investment in J.K. Lasser will help you stay on top of your tax situation 24/7 and 365 days-a-year.


Coinstar

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Archived Under: Money Management , New and Notable


New and Notable Web Sites:  CoinstarHow much is your pocket change worth? If you have a money jar, then you know that pocket change adds up fast. The challenge for many is where to bring the change to convert into cash.

Fortunately, Coinstar, the top brand in consumer coin counting, invented self-service coin counting and has locations throughout the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom.

If you want hard cash from a Coinstar machine, you'll pay a commission. To stretch your pennies and avoid a commission use Coinstar for gift certificates at leading stores like Amazon.com, Starbucks, iTunes, and many more.

Coinstar has a charity option where you can donate your change by keying the unique identification number of your charity and pouring your coins into the machine. When Coinstar finishes counting, you will receive a tax-deductible receipt.

To locate a machine near you, visit the Coinstar locator page.


Zecco

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Archived Under: Investing , New and Notable


New and Notable Web Sites:  ZeccoDo zero dollar trade commissions catch your attention? Zecco.com, a new entrant into the crowded and competitive world of online brokers hopes you find real value in free trading.

The free lunch ends after the first 10 trades each month, then you pay $4.50 per trade.

In addition to low cost trading, Zecco has created an online community with a social networking feel, including a blog section, forums, Activity Feed, where you get "an instant snapshot of your friends' and groups' latest activities and trades, right on your profile page," and Performance Scanner where you can find top performers in the Zecco community.

Zecco.com is not a securities broker/dealer. All securities and investments are offered through Zecco Trading, Inc., member FINRA / SIPC.

For a complete list of Zecco's competitors, visit the Moneysmartz Online Brokers page.


DotHomes.com

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Archived Under: New and Notable , Real Estate


New and Notable Web Sites:  DotHomesDubbed the "Google of property" by Esquire, UK, DotHomes recently launched in the United States after success in the UK and South Africa.

According to the DotHome's website, "Consumers use DotHomes to quickly search over thousands of estate agent Websites across multiple countries, with relevant search results taking consumers to property listings on these Websites. Underlying DotHomes' search mechanism is a proprietary data-mining technology which allows for scalable and accurate indexing (aggregation) of property listings directly from estate agency Websites--with zero cost or effort for estate agents."

The benefit to you is blazing fast search results with links to the original listing, Google maps, aerials views, and video tours. The search interface is user friendly and includes tools to refine your search parameters.

If you are looking to buy or rent, a visit to DotHomes should yield fast results.


Retire Stronger

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Archived Under: Financial Calculators , New and Notable , Retirement Planning


AIG RetirementWill you have enough savings to retire? How will your savings be managed? Will you place your savings in an annuity?

AIG Retirement's Retire Stronger site, with links to retirement planning, annuity, and mutual fund services and resources, will help answer these questions.

Use the Retire Stronger calculator to determine retirement savings. Don't forget to include Social Security and Pension income for a more accurate view of your needs.

For tips about adding years to your life, download the "live longer retire stronger Playbook."

The answers may be shocking, but knowing needed savings is a start to a stronger retirement.


Tech Ticker

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Archived Under: Financial Blogs , Investing , New and Notable


TechTickerWhat's better than the smell of coffee in the morning? For technology and investing aficionados, the smell of profits is the only way to start the day.

Yahoo's recently launched video-centric blog, Tech Ticker, with its tagline, "I Love the Smell of Profits in the Morning," aims to "bring stocks and and the stories to life - and to reveal the culture of an ecosystem often understood only by those who inhabit it."

That's a mouthful in the morning, but a visit to the site reveals investment insights like today's lead about Google's new mobile operating system, Android.

Contributors to the site include many well-known Wall Street and Silicon Valley journalists.

If you can't forsake your coffee, try caffeine with profits, a powerful combination any day.


FrontDoor

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Archived Under: New and Notable , Real Estate


FrontDoorIs there a refreshing spring breeze in the real estate market? While it is too early for talk of a full-blown real estate recovery, HGTV's FrontDoor offers hope for a fresh start and better future.

Launched in December last year by Scripps Networks and powered by HGTV, FrontDoor enters the crowded space of online real estate listings.

"FrontDoor closes the loop for the millions of home enthusiasts who know and trust HGTV as a valued resource, while also supporting the business strategy of strengthening our footprint in the home space online as well as on-air," says John Lansing, president of Scripps Networks. "With our family of brands, we are able to provide entertaining and easy to understand information to consumers covering the entire home-ownership lifecycle -- from search and decision-making with FrontDoor, to decoration and personalization with HGTV, maintenance and remodeling with DIY Network and HGTV Pro, then preparation to sell and start the cycle again with FrontDoor."

FrontDoor is in beta, but already has an impressive list of partners including Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA and Sotheby's International Realty.

FrontDoor hopes to stand out from the crowd through the experience of HGTV, a television and online leader in home and garden content.

If you are looking to buy, sell, move, or finance a home, FrontDoor provides tools, information, and more than 300 videos to enrich and improve your real estate decisions.

An inviting portal to the inevitable real estate recovery, hope springs eternal at FrontDoor.


H&R Block Digits

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Archived Under: New and Notable , Taxes

H&R Block DigitsLooking for some fun to lighten the load during tax season? H&R Block Digits "highlights the connections between money, art, politics, the planet and people everywhere. You'll get access to the tax and personal financial resources you'd expect from H&R Block ." Digits is truly not what you would expect from a company that is known for preparing tax returns. Digits is about more than entertainment, so if you need some serious tools, then don't forget to visit Tools of the Trade for financial calculators and OrganizIT an exclusive tax preparation tool to help you get ready and get organized. If you are looking for an unexpected laugh, then be sure to view the short video clips from Truman Greene, H&R Block's resident man on the street.


Expensr

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Archived Under: Financial Software , Money Management , New and Notable


Expensr:  Where did all the money go?Tracking income and expenses is a cornerstone of effective financial management. Unfortunately, as evidenced by a woefully low savings rate, many Americans are struggling to make sense of their spending. If you are not willing to invest the time and money to buy a more comprehensive financial management tool like Quicken, then Expensr offers a quick, free, and easy toe in the water to track your daily spending. Throw in a few social networking tools and Expensr has the makings of a painless point of entry into the often mundane and tedious world of personal penny pinching.


HotPads.com

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Archived Under: Life Events , Local Financial Services , New and Notable , Real Estate


HotPads.comSearching for rent vs. buy information about a local real estate market? HotPads.com combines maps, visual images, and information to give you a birds eye view of rental and buying opportunities in local markets. If you want to compare available sales and rentals by price range, then HotPads.com is worth a visit.


Lifehacker

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Archived Under: Financial Blogs , Financial Software , New and Notable


LifehackerIf you like being productive and saving time, then Lifehacker should keep you busy saving time. This popular site offers an array of software downloads and productivity tools covering many topics, including personal finance. It's not that difficult to find what you are looking for in Lifehacker, but to save you time, here are links to a few popular finance related topics: personal finance, money, saving money, tax time, taxes, and quicken.


Wex

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Archived Under: Law , Moneysmartz Editor , New and Notable


WexAre you looking for a top-notch source for legal information? Maybe you are worried about the reliability of information from Wikipedia. Try Wex, by the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School. Wex is a collaboratively-created, public-access law dictionary and encyclopedia. If you are looking for information on personal finance related topics like real estate law, income taxes, estate taxes, and a lot more, then Wex provides a wealth of insight that will hone your financial decision-making and save time wading through search engine results.


PayScale

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Archived Under: Benefits , Compensation , Moneysmartz Editor , New and Notable


PayScaleHow does your salary compare? What should you do to negotiate a pay raise? You'll find answers to these questions and more at PayScale, the market leader in global online compensation information for employers and individuals. PayScale was designed to give you the accurate facts and negotiation expertise you need in order to make smart, informed career decisions. A free compensation report and advice is available by completing a brief online questionnaire. If you are looking for an edge, then PayScale is worth a few minutes of your time.


Financial Engines

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Archived Under: Financial Calculators , Financial Goal Setting , Financial Planning , New and Notable


Financial EnginesThere is little middle ground between paying an advisor for financial planning expertise (visit Fool.com for a comprehensive comparison of financial advisory services and rates) and going it alone. Financial planners offer experience and an array of tools, while the do-it-yourself route affords flexibility and cost savings. If you are looking for the best of both worlds, lower fees and greater sophistication, then Financial Engines may be your solution.

A Forbes favorite for 401(k) advice, Financial Engines is an advanced financial analysis and modeling system created with the assistance of a Nobel Prize-winning economist. For fees ranging from $39.95 per month to $300 annually, the site helps individual investors create a personalized retirement forecast, get advice on taxable and tax-deferred accounts, forecast employee stock options, and forecast non-retirement financial goals.

If you are confident about your ability to interpret the Financial Engines output, then the $39.95 to test the system will be money well spent. At the minimum, after giving Financial Engines a test-drive, you'll be able to ask smart questions if you choose to work with a financial planner down the road.


CCH Financial Planning Toolkit

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Archived Under: Financial Planning , New and Notable , Taxes


CCH Financial Planning ToolkitCreating a financial plan can be expensive and difficult, particularly if you are starting from scratch. If you are inclined to save some money and invest some of your own time, then the Financial Planning Toolkit from CCH is an inexpensive and easy way to get started. The site includes an overview of the major steps in the financial planning process, including investing, insurance and risk management, retirement planning, estate planning, and tax planning. A variety of planning tools and calculators makes creating your own financial plan as easy as pointing and clicking your mouse. Recognized as a Forbes Best of the Web site, the CCH Financial Planning Toolkit is a must visit site for do-it-yourself financial planners.


Wikipedia

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Archived Under: Financial Planning , New and Notable


WikipediaSite Name: Wikipedia
Site Description: With over 2 million articles, Wikipedia is the world's biggest multilingual free-content encyclopedia on the Internet. Anyone can change the encyclopedia or create new articles. Not all of the articles have been verified. However, if you are looking for a wealth of information on almost any financial subject, then Wikipedia is a great place to get started and find useful information and links to other helpful sites.
Bottom Line: For anyone serious about managing their finances and making the most of their time, Wikipedia is worth a permanent bookmark. Since the content is growing everyday, the site is worth frequent visits. For a quick list of financial topics on Wikipedia, visit the Wikipedia profile in Moneysmartz.


Eons

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Archived Under: Baby Boomers , New and Notable , Retirement Planning


EonsSite Name: Eons
Site Description: It's inevitable that as the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age, more websites and blogs will be devoted to helping this cohort make the most of their time and financial resources. Eons, the MySpace for seniors and boomers, started by Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor, and seeded with significant venture capital funding, launched in July with the goal of reaching baby boomers and seniors. Eons is a 50+ media company inspiring a generation of boomers and seniors to live the biggest life possible. The Eons website features articles, information, and discussion on a range of topics important to boomers and seniors, including health, travel, relationships and money.
Personal Finance Category: Life Events>Retiring
Bottom Line: For boomers and seniors, Eons offers a wealth of relevant information and a place to interact with others. Eon's money section is a one-stop-shop of boomer and senior financial information and advice. Finally, a unique search engine, called cRANKy, provides links and blogs for the 50+ set.


OnGuard Online

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Archived Under: Fraud , New and Notable


OnGuard OnlineSite Name: OnGuard Online
Site Description: Maintained by The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with support from numerous partners including the US Department of Justice and the Better Business Bureau, OnGuard provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information. The site offers an overview of online risks, including identity theft, Internet auctions, spyware, wireless, phishing, social networking sites, spam scams, online shopping, p2p file-sharing, voip, cross border scams and online investing.
Personal Finance Category: Internet Fraud
Bottom Line: OnGuard's overview of threats to your security are a necessary read, giving you the knowledge you need to make more informed decisions about where you spend your time online. For Internet-challenged parents, OnGuard's tips and information will help you protect your children online. Since the threats will continue to grow, OnGuard is worth a bookmark and frequent visits.


The Curious Capitalist

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Archived Under: Economics , Financial Blogs , Investing , New and Notable


Site Name: The Curious Capitalist
Blog Description: A new blog from Fortune.com with economic reflections, stock market insights, and a new view of the unusual workings of the corporate world from Fortune editor at large Justin Fox.
Personal Finance Category: Economic Blogs
Born on Date: September 20, 2006
Blog Author Profile: Fortune Editor-at-large Justin Fox covers economic, international business, and finance topics, including leading the magazine's economic coverage. Prior to his current position, Justin was Fortune's European editor and worked in the trenches as a staff writer for the American Banker and the Birmingham News.
Bottom Line: The Curious Capitalist offers the big picture on the economy and a unique take on corporate trends helping stock pickers and market observers get an edge.


Net Worth IQ

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Archived Under: Financial Planning , Net Worth , New and Notable


Net Worth IQSite Name: Net Worth IQ
Description: The foundation of a solid financial plan usually begins with an understanding of where you are. Net Worth IQ offers tools to help you track, share, and compare your net worth. Net Worth IQ calls their site a social personal finance tool. Another way of saying you can post your public profile, link to your blog, and compare your performance by category.
Features: The foundation of Net Worth IQ is a simple to use net worth profile consisting of basic asset and liability information. Once this process is completed, you can generate code, through a Net Worth IQ Badge, allowing you to display your net worth on your blog. Since many personal finance blogs are anonymous, the badge option makes it easy to show the world your financial progress. If you are not into Web 2.0 social networking, then you can choose a private profile for your eyes only.
Bottom Line: If you already use tools like Quicken or Microsoft Money, then Net Worth IQ may be overkill. However, for the rest of us, Net Worth IQ is easy to use and a painless starting point in the financial planning process. For the hyper-competitive, the comparison tools offer a way to compare your financial position across a wide-array of categories, including age, income, and profession.


Zopa

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Archived Under: Mortgages and Loans , New and Notable


Zopa, Peer to Peer LendingSite Name: Zopa
Description: Removing intermediaries from transactions often benefits consumers. In the case of Zopa, banks are removed from the lending process to facilitate peer-to-peer lending resulting in lower transaction costs and potentially lower rates for borrowers and higher returns for lenders. Zopa introduced person-to-person lending in Europe 18 months ago and plans to launch in the United States soon. Once Zopa starts in America, interested borrowers and lenders should visit Zopa online and register as either a borrower or lender. According to Business 2.0, the average rate on a Zopa loan is 7%, beating CD returns for lenders and credit card or bank loan rates for borrowers.
Features: In addition to lending and borrowing facilitation, Zopa's site features a blog and discussion board.
Profile of Site Founders: Started by many of Egg's founders, Zopa's founders have experience in personal finance, banking, and risk management.
Bottom Line: After 18 months in the United Kingdom, Zopa is ready to conquer America. With over 90,000 members already, Zopa offers individual lenders and borrowers a convenient way to cut expenses and boost returns.


BuySide Realty

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Archived Under: Life Events , New and Notable , Real Estate

BuySide RealtyInternet savvy homebuyers know the pain of finding a home without the assistance of an agent, and then forking over a hefty commission. The Walk-Through reported the launch of BuySide Realty, a service designed to put a large chunk of the buy side agent commission in your pocket. BuySide recently launched with licensed agents in 27 states. Is this the beginning of the end for brick and mortar agents? Probably not says Joe Fox, a BuySide co-chief executive, but expect more competitors to enter the market and more opportunities for saving money when purchasing your next home.


Google Real Estate

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Archived Under: Life Events , New and Notable , Real Estate


Shimon Sandler recently reported the launch of a beta real estate product by Google. Like most Google products, the interface is intuitive. To test, go to Google; enter "real estate" (and presumably other related key words) in the search box. You should then see a "refine your search" box like the one below. Choose location and listing type, then click search housing. The result should be a map with listings.

Google Real Estate

Google Real Estate Search Results for Los Angeles

Google Real Estate


My Next Phase

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Archived Under: Financial Planning , Life Events , New and Notable , Retirement Planning


Site Name: My Next Phase
Description: Making an easy transition to retirement depends on both financial and non-financial factors. My Next Phase focuses on non-financial factors, providing "resources for guided self-reflection, exploration and planning to help people gain clarity about their futures." Fee-based services include an online assessment, coaching, and classes. Initial registration includes a 20-question assessment.
Features: Personality test assessing one's ability to make the transition to retirement and a significant resource section with link's to non-financial retirement resources.
Profile of Site Founders: After selling his family business, Michael S. Burnham, Jr. wondered about the next phase of his life. Burnham worked with his colleagues, J. Randolph Burnham, PhD and Eric Sundstrom, PhD, "to create a unique, personalized, non-financial retirement guidance tool for the tens of millions of people who will retire in the coming years."
Bottom Line: If you are making the transition to retirement, then a second-opinion may be just what the doctor ordered. My Next Phase offers a friendly helping hand from individuals experiencing a similar transition. At the minimum, a test run of the site will only take ten minutes of your time.


Google Finance

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Archived Under: Investing , New and Notable


If you like Yahoo! Finance, then you may want to spend a few minutes at the recently launched Google Finance. Site FAQs explain that the site is in early beta and will offer information about "North American stocks, mutual funds and public and private companies along with charts, news and fundamental financial data. Google says the new site "offers an easier way to search for stocks, mutual funds, public and private companies. Further, Google Finance also offers a broad range of company news and information in order to deliver more relevant, unbiased results in a clean, uncluttered user interface." Site features include company search, interactive charts, news and more news, blogs, company management teams, discussion groups, and portfolios.


Pink Blog

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Archived Under: Financial Blogs , New and Notable


Site Name: Pink Blog
Description: The daily observations of A Whole New Mind author Dan Pink.
Personal Finance Category: Difficult to categorize, but Voluntary Simplicity is a related theme.
Born on Date: May 2005
Content: Original and news commentary
Unique Features: Links to Dan Pink projects, including excerpts and reviews of recently published A Whole New Mind.
Distinctions: Kudos for Dan Pink's book from Tom Peters, Seth Godin, and Newsweek to name a few.
Profile of Blog Author: Dan Pink is the author of A Whole New Mind and Free Agent Nation. He is a contributing editor at Wired and writes the "The Trend Desk" column for Yahoo! Finance.
Bottom Line: In the spirit of thinking creatively about your future (including your finances) a visit to Dan Pink's blog will help stimulate new ideas and perhaps identify trends beneficial to financial and personal well-being. Provocative commentary, including an October 2005 post on the abundance gap, will help you gain a new perspective on life and money.

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Random Roger's Big Picture

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Archived Under: Financial Blogs , Investing , New and Notable

Site Name: Random Roger's Big Picture Blog
Description: A stock market blog about portfolio management, navigating the current market environment, how to analyze and choose foreign stocks, exchange traded funds, options and the occasional musing about blog author Roger Nusbaum's wildland firefighting experiences.
Personal Finance Category: Investing
Born on Date: September 2004
Content: Original and news commentary
Unique Features: A lot of posting activity and a list of select investing resources.
Distinctions: Winter 2004 Forbes Favorite and "Best Financial Blog�? by CNN/Money.
Profile of Blog Author: Roger Nusbaum is a portfolio manager for Your Source Financial in Phoenix. With over 20 years of financial services experience, Roger appears frequently on CNBC Asia as a market commentator.
Bottom Line: If you are looking to diversify your portfolio with foreign holdings, get a handle on option intricacies, ongoing market commentary, or learn about exchange traded funds, then Roger's Big Picture offers plain talking, straightforward insight.

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Benefitsblog

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Archived Under: Benefits , Financial Blogs , Financial Planning , New and Notable

Site Name: Benefitsblog
Description: A tax, benefits, and ERISA law commentary and news filter by Pennsylvania-based attorney B. Janell Grenier.
Personal Finance Category: Compensation and Benefits, Taxes, and Retirement
Born on Date: April 2003
Content: Original and news review excerpts
Unique Features: 2005 and 2006 retirement plan limits, extensive resource with links to related blogs including benefits blogs, and links to IRS regulations.
Distinctions: Referenced by numerous university and governmental agency blogs and articles including one by Marketwatch's Robert Powell about Retirement Blogs.
Profile of Blog Author: B. Janell Grenier is principal of the Law Office of B. Janell Grenier located in the Philadelphia region. In addition to Benefitsblog, she is the author of ERISA law commentary and ERISAblog, an ERISA law commentary.
Bottom Line: Benefitsblog may be too esoteric for the average Moneysmartz reader, but if you are looking for up to date benefits information, like 2005 and 2006 retirement plan limits, then Benefitsblog will generate a healthy return on investment and is well worth a visit.

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TaxProf Blog

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Archived Under: Financial Blogs , New and Notable , Taxes

Site Name: TaxProf Blog
Description: A blend of reference tools and announcements about developing tax issues targeting tax professors but with applicability to individuals looking for current news and information about tax law changes on topics such as mortgage interest deductions and tax shelters.
Personal Finance Category: Taxes
Born on Date: April 2004
Content: Original and news review excerpts
Unique Features: Significant resource section with links to other tax blogs, tax professor blogs, and tax organizations.
Distinctions: Recognized as "A must read blog" by The Wall Street Journal and "The undisputed champion of tax blogging" by Tax Notes.
Profile of Blog Author: Paul Caron is a University of Cincinnati Professor of Law and nationally recognized tax scholar. He is editor and co-editor of numerous journals and blogs.
Bottom Line: This blog is not for the mainstream Moneysmartz reader, but shows how good a blog can be and offers tidbits for tax junkies.

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Adult ADD and Money

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Archived Under: Financial Blogs , Money Management , New and Notable

Site Name: Adult ADD and Money Blog
Description: Information and friendly advice on business and money management for any adult with Atttention Deficit Discorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Personal Finance Category: Money Management
Born on Date: January 2006
Content: Original
Unique Features: ADD Teleclasses and listing of ADD websites.
Distinctions: Only blog of its kind, focusing on ADD and money.
Profile of Blog Author: John MacKenzie consults Entrepreneurs with ADD / ADHD, helping them deal with ADD / ADHD issues hindering their success. He is also the assistant director of ADDClasses.com. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University and his MBA from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Other Links to Adult Add and Money in Moneysmartz: Money Management Blogs Directory.
Bottom Line: Managing money successfully is hard enough, so for those with ADD/ADHD this resource provides a new perspective and assistance on making better financial decisions.

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Sound Money Tips

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Archived Under: Financial Blogs , Money Management , New and Notable

Site Name: Sound Money Tips Blog
Description: One quick personal finance tip every day. Credit cards, banking, investing, insurance, mortgages, frugal living and online shopping.
Personal Finance Category: Money Management
Born on Date: December 2004
Content: Original
Unique Features: One personal finance tip a day.
Distinctions: It's parent, Seeking Alpha, has many, including recent recognition by Forbes and The Wall Street Journal
Profile of Blog Author: Living in Jerusalem with his wife and three children, Michael Weinstein, a University of Michigan Alum, is a financial journalist and online content specialist who has worked within emerging tech companies and as a marketing/financing consultant.
Other Links to Sound Money Tips in Moneysmartz: Money Management Blogs Directory.
Bottom Line: A tip a day keeps bankruptcy away.

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MyMoneyBlog

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Archived Under: Financial Blogs , New and Notable

MyMoneyBlog, another "personal financial tracking blog", chronicles the progress and insights of Jonathan, 27 and married, with almost $90,000 in the bank. With posts starting in December 2004, MyMoneyBlog is a senior citizen in the world of personal finance blogs. Succinct, easy to navigate, well organized, and peppered with those ubiquitous Google Ads, the site offers the full menu of personal finance topics, including the customary review of Lee Eisenberg's The Number. MyMoneyBlog, as well as its cohort of blogs, ultimately begs the question: "With limited time and so many similar personal financial tracking blogs from which to choose, which blog(s) should one read?" Since the answer to this question probably depends on personal taste, MyMoneyBlog is worth a nibble of your time.

Related personal finance website categories: Investing, Money Management, and Personal Finance


Consumerism Commentary

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Archived Under: Financial Blogs , New and Notable

Currently at the top of Google search results for "Personal Finance Blogs�?, Consumerism Commentary is one of a growing list of personal finance blogs dedicated to tracking the financial progress of its author. Authored by Flexo, an anonymous 29-year-old musician and thinker, Consumerism Commentary offers commentary on a wide-range of personal finance topics, including 401(k)'s, ETF's and even job-hopping advice. Scattered throughout the site, advertisements blend in and manage to remain unobtrusive. Rotating headlines evidence a sense of humor, including "Blabbing to the whole neighborhood how much my haircuts cost.�? Well-categorized blog links provide a convenient launching pad to discover the world of personal finance on the web. A visit to Consumer Commentary may be most beneficial if you are about the same age as Flexo and thinking of your own financial journey.


Frugal for Life

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Archived Under: Financial Blogs , Financial Planning , Money Management , New and Notable

With a recent spate of articles about America's declining savings rate, now may be the time to find ways to save money. Frugal for Life, dedicated to simple, frugal living, provides observations and experiences on the frugal, simple life and a collection of links to related frugal living sites, including blogs, forums, and free classifieds. Frugal for Life reflects the blogging trend of "monetization�? with an assortment of Google ad links. Because of intuitive placement and relevance to frugality and simple living, advertisements generally enhance the site. If you are looking for complete frugality immersion, then check out the Frugal for Life newsletter archive. With soothing graphics, easy navigation, and fresh content, five minutes with Frugal for Life may jump start your savings and lead to a simpler life.


 
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