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The 2013 Dealbreaker Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is nigh and you still haven’t shopped. While you’re dreaming only of sugar plum fairies bearing fat bonuses, you don’t the time to mingle with the riff raff at some big box nightmare. Dealbreaker is here to help.  Behold the 2013 Dealbreaker Holiday Gift Guide, chockfull of descriptors like “custom,” “gourmet,” “housecleaning,” and “DB swag.”

Click through to check out all of our gift choices for the hardcore capitalist in your life. Read more »

This is a guest post written by SoFi’s CEO, Mike Cagney.


Recently, there’s been a lot of talk amongst leaders in Washington about how to improve the painful process of repaying student loans. At SoFi, we feel your pain and work hard to offer more flexible, more affordable options for our borrowers. One idea that’s getting a lot of attention is increasing the options for refinancing debt after graduation. The only lender currently focused on refinancing private and federal student loans is SoFi.

We recognized early on that borrowers who have made timely payments on their loans, graduated from school, and have a job should be able to refinance their student loans at a lower interest rate. This may be why, after resuming lending by invitation, the media became increasingly interested in what we are doing.

In a recent article posted on SoFi General Counsel Rob Lavet had this to say about SoFi’s ReFi products: Read more »

5 Red Flags When Choosing a Financial Planner

You know what they say: You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your financial planner. Or something like that. One of the great things of being in charge of your money is choosing who (if anyone) will help you manage it. The choice isn’t always an easy one. How will you know that your planner is reputable and trustworthy? Read more »

Don’t Let Bottle Service Bust Your Budget

You’re making good money, and it’s easy to want to blow that whole paycheck. But we’ll show you a simple rule that will allow you to live large and get your financial house in order too.

If you went into finance for the love of pulling 15-hour days, more power to you. But if working in anticipation of that fateful day in February when your bonus hits your bank account, let’s just say that you aren’t alone.

When your monthly paycheck arrives, you might get stars in your eyes. You forget about that massive student loan and nagging credit card bills. Suddenly bottle service every weekend seems like a great idea. Who doesn’t love those sparklers? If you’re not careful, those morning hangovers could have a lasting effect on your bank balance. Here’s a quick crash course in how to divide up your earnings like a boss—ahem, managing director so that you can still afford the life you want without busting your budget.

Let’s discuss some general guidelines, which make up what we like to call the 50/20/30 Rule:

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  • 04 Oct 2012 at 4:25 PM

Thursday Night Football: The Quants’ View (Week 5)

At, we use contextual, efficiency-based metrics and similarity algorithms to predict sports player and team performance. Just like you (or someone you know) spend your days digging for the real drivers of a stock or fixed income product so you can make the best investment decisions, we dig for the most descriptive player and team information in figuring out who to start in fantasy lineups and which bets to take. We provide that fantasy and handicapping advice to you at

Division… rivalry?

Division battles are supposed to be close contests, right? I guess the Pony Express got lost between St. Louis and Phoenix. In their last 11 games against the Rams, dating back to December 2006, the Cardinals have won 10 times. That’s not surprising; the Rams have had some horrendous teams (the starting QB for Rams in the week 16, 2009 game was Keith Null). What is surprising, though, is how the Cardinals have dominated the Spread. The Cardinals have won Against the Spread in 73% of those meetings, including both games last season. And two of the three times they didn’t cover (Week 11, 2009 and Week 5, 2007), they won but missed the cover by one point. Read more »

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Smarter Student Loans

A Social Finance Revolution

The SoFi founders met at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) at a time of historically low interest rates. But when they looked at the options for funding their education, the choices weren’t great. With student loan interest rates so high and U.S. student debt exceeding $1 trillion, it was clear that there had to be a better way. Read more »

  • 26 Jul 2012 at 2:47 PM

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