401K Loan Rules – Taxes, Interest, Pros and Cons

401k Loan Rules allow for easy access to retirement funds, but is that a good thing?  Many employees are unaware that they can take a loan from their 401k account for basically any personal need with very little hassle.  There are clear negative attributes to this route, but some situations may warrant considering this option, […]

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$3,000 Cash for Caulkers Details Revealed

Cash for Caulkers has been rumored to be coming for some time now, but this week, the administration finally unveiled more details on the rebate plan meant to further stimulate the economy. Following the much maligned and fraud-ridden new home buyer tax credits, cash for clunkers and the impending cash for appliances programs, the administration […]

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February In Review – The Good, The Bad and the Downright Ugly

Another month has come and gone.  I usually have nothing but positive achievements and gratitude to report in my monthly updates that I’d been doing from my other blog Everyday Finance, but this month took me back down to earth.  For one, Everyday Finance, my first blog, is not even active any more, as Google […]

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Is it Wrong to Hedge Your Own Company’s Shares?

Last year I wrote a somewhat controversial article on how to sell call options against your underlying company stock option grants or restricted stock grants in order to hedge against a potential decline while forfeiting massive upside should the shares take off (see How Options Work if this is Greek to you).  The comments ranged […]

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Weekend Reading: I’m A Plutus Award Finalist Edition

I thought I’d dedicate this weekend reading edition to a shameless plea for votes in the Plutus Awards, as I was nominated for Best Investing Blog of 2009.  I spend so little time actually trying to promote myself vs. keeping up with posts, emails and life in general, that I figure I’d throw this one […]

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Double-Digit Returns in Any Market – Update 2

It’s been a month since I published Darwin’s Inverse Leveraged Short ETF Strategy and the results are astounding.  In short (no pun intended), since leveraged ETFs lose value over time due to the simple, yet deceptive properties of daily rebalancing, by shorting opposing leveraged ETF pairs simultaneously, in most markets (MOST), you make money by […]

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What Does Financial Freedom Mean To You?

I hear the phrase “Financial Freedom” batted around like it’s goin’ outta style.  Scammy multi-level marketing outfits tout financial freedom, mutual fund and money management companies refer to it, magazine covers…it’s everywhere.  I guess Financial Freedom means a lot of things depending on who it is you’re asking.  The problem with advertising that phrase is […]

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Dear Wallet, We’re Both Too Fat to Continue this Relationship

You’ll find this to be one of the more insipid posts you’ll ever find here at Darwin’s Finance, but it deals with finance (at least tangentially) so I figured I’d share my experience in liberating myself from my wallet.  Due to one of the two phenomena: 1) my pants shrank or 2) I’m getting fatter, […]

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