Category Archives: Quick Tips


No. The Federal Reserve does influence the rate you earn, however. The “Fed” controls something called the federal funds rate, which is the rate at which financial institutions lend money to one another overnight. That rate influences other short-term interest rates, including those Read more…


Yes. FDIC insurance guarantees that, in the unlikely scenario that your bank collapses, the federal government will make you whole up to $250,000. While not legally required, the majority of U.S. banks are insured, including just about any bank that’s a household Read more…


Yes, generally. Since they save money by not operating storefront branches, online banks can afford to offer much higher rates than the national average of .06 percent. That’s why you’ll almost always find leading online banks among the institutions with the highest-yielding savings Read more…


I got a call from the IRS that I owe them money. Listen to see how the call went 🙂 Paul    


Instapaper – a tool for organization This is a simple tool that allows you to save web pages for later to read on your computer, mobile phone, or even Kindle. Once you sign up for an account (which takes just Read more…


Google Alerts – a tool for monitoring mentions This is a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will send reports right to your inbox. If you want to know every single time your competitor is mentioned online, whether as a Read more…


Master reading LinkedIn profiles — for hires, biz dev, venture capital. It’s useful to spend time on the profile to understand people’s backgrounds.


Always have a clear meeting wrap up — ask or propose next steps at the end, whether it is a follow-up email, call, meeting, introduction, more materials, etc. Summarize the meeting to wrap up.