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  • Baby Investing Part III already opened a 529 account for my daughter and you can read that discussion in my last post. But what if she does not want to go to college? What about paying for private school? What about needing a car when she is 16? How about a nice down pa...
  • Baby Investing Part I - College Saving
    on Nov 28, 2009 in ESA college saving 529 Coverdell
    Sorry about the long delay. While having a baby is not nearly as bad as some people make it out to be, they do take up a lot of time. After looking at the World's Simplest College Cost Calculator at, it looks like she will also...
  • August UpateA lot has been happening lately. Mostly preparing for the arrival of my first child, so expect blogs on 529 plans and Coverdell ESAs. I have been working on the room for a month now. And it is amazing how much stuff a baby requires, but fiscal res...
  • Lending Club First Review
    on Jul 20, 2009 in lending club lending
    In case you have just started reading my blog, I invested in Lending Club a few weeks ago because Prosper has been down for months, although it is back up now. Both are Peer to peer lending websites. They both allow you to fund a small part of a pe...
  • Pre-1933 Gold Sale
    on Jul 15, 2009 in gold USAGOLD
    USAGOLD has Netherlands Trade Ducets for sale at a really good price. I do not normally recommend the pre-1933 coins as they usually have a very high mark up, but at this price they are a good way to start buying gold. They are .1106 oz net gold we...
  • Lending Club, FOREX, and GoldJust a quick lunch update on what I am currently researching. I signed up with Lending Club and transferred some cash to the account. I will explore it over the next week and share my thoughts since Prosper seems to be in an eternal quiet period.My...
  • Social Investing - MicrocreditOne of my good friends is heavily involved charity work at the moment and has sent me a couple microcredit sites. These are sites that provide financing to people in poverty to improve their lives by encouraging entrepreneurship. They are generally...
  • Zero Down Cash Flow Positive Rental Property
    on Jun 2, 2009 in zero down outestate rental property
    One of my investments I am trying to rapidly expand is rental property. Most of the wealthy people I know have made their fortunes through rental property, so I wanted in on it. My grandfather is one of them, but for him it was always a full time j...
  • Prosper Down Again
    on May 11, 2009
    Looks like my Prosper blog will have to wait. They have shut down again. They are still servicing loans, but not accepting new ones. According to the email I received they are shut down to get a national securities license. Here is what they have...
  • Peer to Peer Lending
    on Apr 28, 2009
    Consumer lending is an interesting investment that used to only be available if you had large amounts of cash available to lend. The internet has made it possible to loan amounts as small as $50 at a time. There are now several services available o...
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