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Hey Readers,

Here are my recommendations for products I use and love. Check them out!

Personal Finance Products

I’ve been using Personal Capital since 2013 and I love it. I can log on and get a quick recap of our net worth, credit card spending, stock performance, cash flow, and more. It is an awesome tool for DIY investor. Here are some of the things Personal Capital helps me with.

  • Check how much fees we’re paying with our retirement accounts. BTW, we pay 0.14% after culling some expensive funds. This alone is worth the cost of admission. Oh yeah, Personal Capital is free. 🙂
  • Quickly check our net worth.
  • See our overall asset allocation and make sure it is on target.
  • Check our credit card spending to make sure there are no surprises.
  • See how much cash we have on hand.
  • When there is a big change with our finance, I’d go through their Retirement Planner. It is a good simulator.

Personal Capital is a really great tool and they keep improving it every year. They make money by signing people up for their wealth management services. Don’t feel pressure to join this service if you don’t want to.

If you haven’t tried them yet, you can sign up with Personal Capital through my sign up link.


I recommend the following companies. You can read more details in the investing recommendation page.

  • Vanguard – A great company if you are a passive investor.
  • Firstrade – A great discount brokerage with very low fees.
  • RealtyShares – I started investing in real estate crowdfunding in 2017 and it is working out very well for me so far. Check them out and see if there are any real estate projects you’d like to invest in.

Blog Hosting

I highly recommend SiteGround. See more details in the Blog hosting recommendation page.

Credit Cards

We only use one credit card regularly and we always pay off the balance every month. However, I’ve had great success with travel hacking this year and now I make a point to sign up for a new card whenever a great signup bonus comes along. It’s like a small side gig, anyone can do it. You just make sure to use your credit card responsibly and avoid building up a balance. Read more on my credit cards page.

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Joe started Retire by 40 in 2010 to figure out how to retire early. He spent 16 years working in computer design and enjoyed the technical work immensely. However, he hated the corporate BS. He left his engineering career behind to become a stay-at-home dad/blogger at 38. At Retire by 40, Joe focuses on financial independence, early retirement, investing, saving, and passive income.

For 2018, Joe plans to diversify his passive income by investing in US heartland real estate through RealtyShares. He has 3 rental units in Portland and he believes the local market is getting overpriced.

Joe highly recommends Personal Capital for DIY investors. He logs on to Personal Capital almost daily to check his cash flow and net worth. They have many useful tools that will help every investor analyze their portfolio and plan for retirement.

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