Prosper – The Ebay of Lending

Have some spare money? Want better rates than savings accounts? Are willing to take on some more risk with it? You need to check out Prosper.com. Here is how it works: “Borrowers create loan listings for up to $25,000 and set the maximum rate they are willing to pay a lender. Then the auction begins…

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Stocks/Funds I Follow

Here are some stocks and Funds I follow because I own some in real life and some in my mimf contest portfolio: IFN – The India Fund Inc. PNRA – Panera Bread TGT – Target INTC – Intel WB – Wachovia GSK – Glaxo GOOG – Google AAPL – Apple NSANY – Nissan The other funds I own are index…

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Banks With Consistently High Savings Rates

There are several banks, mostly online ones or online-only services from regular banks that provide consistently high APRs on Savings/Money Market Accounts. Here are some of them: Emigrant Direct HSBC Direct ING Direct Watch this space for detailed updates on each bank.

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Should I put money in my 401 or IRA?

This is one of the very often asked questions on both mimf and mifp. Based on comments on both newsgroups, here is what seems to make most sense: Contribute to your 401 upto your employers match (employer match is free money) Invest in IRA upto the maximum limit (because IRA gives more options than 401) Invest in 401 upto the maximum limit

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Welcome!

Here I will blog about several topics, starting with finance. I am often found lurking in financial newsgroups such as misc.invest.mutual-fund and misc.invest.financial plan. Looking at the posts every week asking for advice and the same old replies and arguments every week, I figured I can blog about these discussions because there seems to be…

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