Carol Iwamoto: ‘Maybe I missed something, but the Berkshire Hathaway site for doubling your umbrella liability coverage does not seem to cover residents of California.’
☞ Berkshire doesn’t cover NY with this offer, either. Because every state has its own regulators and rules, insurers pick and choose the states they want […]
If you’re already a computer whiz, or a teenager, forget this. But if you’re an idiot like me:
Step one: Click here and download Apple’s free iTunes software. I’ve put it on my IBM Thinkpad. Free!
Step two: Copy all your CDs onto your computer. (So long as they’re your CDs, […]
Rick Schulz: ‘Periodically my mortgage company offers a deal to set up bi-monthly payments, automatically transferred from my bank account to theirs. The advantage: it pays down the principal a little faster and thereby saves interest. However, they charge a one-time ‘set-up’ fee of nearly $300, and a monthly fee of $4.95 […]
Just in case you have not yet really focused on this ‘mutual fund scandal’ that’s been in the news, Paul Krugman nailed it in his column Tuesday. Yet one more reason actively managed mutual funds have generally done worse than a monkey throwing darts at the stock pages.
You might […]
Bryan Howell: ‘The 3% MBNA transaction fee I paid to borrow at 0% has a cap of $50 and a floor of $5. It’s a bad deal if you borrow $100 because the fee would actually be 5% [100x.03 = $3, but you’d pay the $5 floor] But it’s a GREAT deal […]
Congressman Barney Frank was debating Jerry Falwell on CNN’s Crossfire. The occasion? Yesterday’s Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling that denial of civil marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates the Massachusetts constitution. Barney was making the point that it is not a bad thing for two people to love each other in a committed […]
Ed Shoben: ‘Enjoyed the story about MBNA. But, 0.8%? MBNA has a money fund (sponsored by the Am. Assoc. of Individual Investors) that will pay almost 2% on amounts over $50K.’
☞ I love it. Borrow from MBNA at 0%, lend the same money back to MBNA at 2%.
I went to Microsoft Outlook Express, which I guess came with my ThinkPad, I don’t remember signing up for anything – and I found 13,693 messages waiting for me – oops, 13,694 – all spam.
About 18 months ago I got I got an offer from MBNA to sign up for a […]
The great Molly Ivins in Mother Jones:
In order to understand why George W. Bush doesn’t get it, you have to take several strands of common Texas attitude, then add an impressive degree of class-based obliviousness. What you end up with is a guy who sees himself as a perfectly nice fellow – and […]
More than a year ago, I quoted a reader saying good things about this cheap-rate long-distance service. Last week, one of you noticed that BigZoo had removed the reader’s name from the quote and, instead, attributed the recommendation to *me* — under the headline, THE CONSUMER ADVOCATE – saying that *I* […]
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If you think it's messy there, said Albert Einstein of his paper-strewn office, you should see it up here, he smiled, pointing to his head.~.
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