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Jonathan Ping

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My Money Blog
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Early Retirement, Investing
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My family enjoys watching Kid’s Baking Championship on Food Network, and I’m always impressed how many of these 8-13 year-old contestants have a side baking business! Last weekend, the WSJ article How Etsy Became America’s Unlikeliest Breadbasket profiled home bakers selling their baked goods online through Etsy. That could be a perfect business education for […] ...
Posted: May 26 2020 @ 5:41 AM
With rates drops everywhere and no end in sight, I can’t open up a new account for a 4% APY CD, so I’ve been picking up various cash bonuses instead. Chime is a popular fintech bank app with a $50 cash bonus after a payroll direct deposit of $200+ within the first 45 days of […] ...
Posted: May 22 2020 @ 4:56 AM
The NYT has a new Suze Orman comeback piece called Suze Orman Is Back to Help You Ride Out the Storm. I’m old enough to feel nostalgia over the peak Suze Orman years, and it was interesting to read how some of her advice as changed: Some of Ms. Orman’s advice has shifted since the […] ...
Posted: May 20 2020 @ 4:25 AM
Free stock shares are the trendy bonus nowadays – WeBull, SoFi, Robinhood, Public, and more – but how about 100 free shares? Tastyworks wants your attention by offering 100 free shares of a randomly-picked stock valued between $1 and $6 per share. That means the total value will be between $100 and $600, with an […] ...
Posted: May 18 2020 @ 10:58 PM
The default option inside many employer-sponsored retirement plans are Target Date Funds (TDFs), which adjust their portfolio holdings automatically over time based on a specific target retirement date. Morningstar just released their 2020 Target-Date fund report. You’ll need to provide your name and e-mail to download the free full report. There is a lot of […] ...
Posted: May 18 2020 @ 3:58 AM
HMBradley is another fintech bank startup that differs by offering customers up to 3% APY based on the percentage of their paycheck that they save. Deposits are FDIC-insured through Hatch Bank. What do you have to do to actually qualify for this rate? Will it be worth the hassle? Here’s my review of HMBradley after […] ...
Posted: May 15 2020 @ 2:52 AM
While not exactly a fun exercise, do you know where you’d turn for some extra cash in an extended emergency? Morningstar has 10 Sources of Emergency Cash, Ranked from Best to Worst which contains many good points, but I would differ in my rankings. I wondered about severity and duration. Is this money you expect […] ...
Posted: May 13 2020 @ 5:29 AM
Pentagon Federal Credit Union has a $200 bonus promotion for opening their new Access America checking account. You must deposit a minimum of $1,200, and making 5 debit card purchases within 90 days of account opening. They market this as a way of “adding $200” to your $1,200 stimulus check (not a requirement). Offer expires […] ...
Posted: May 12 2020 @ 6:26 AM
Many interest rates are at all-time lows right now. This means that if you have any sort of debt, you should explore refinancing. The goal is to lower your interest rate and monthly payments while paying minimal upfront costs and fees. Did you know that you can refinance your existing car loan? While I advise […] ...
Posted: May 11 2020 @ 2:35 AM
The best thing I read this week was a “Things I’ve Learned…” list called 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice by Kevin Kelly – a very interesting fellow (see his bio, about me pages) who must have secretly figured out how to freeze time given all the things he does! I’m most familiar with him as […] ...
Posted: May 08 2020 @ 3:49 AM


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