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2005

Don’t Stress About Investing

by Luke Landes

Kiplinger’s presents four mantras for stress-free investing. If you’ve been feeling nervous about the stock market lately, perhaps considering these ideas will put you in a relaxed state of mind. 1. Think Long Term The longer you have until your savings deadline, the more risk you can afford to take. If your goals are decades […]

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Carnival of Personal Finance #22

by Luke Landes

Welcome to the Carnival of Personal Finance, 22nd Edition! I’m not quite sure what happened to this week’s actual host, so I’m filling in. I may have missed your submission — please send me a quick note and I’ll add yours in if I did. Here are this week’s submissions, in reverse order of arrival. […]

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The World Is Bitchier

by Luke Landes

This article from Wired Magazine takes a look at how technology has changed consumerism over the last sesquicentury. It’s a little bit tounge-in-cheek, but it resonates with me and my feelings towards working and living. Just because technology makes it possible for us to work 10 times faster than we used to doesn’t mean we […]

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Your Credit Report Affects Your Cards

by Luke Landes

If you carry a balance on your credit card from month to month (which I strongly feel should not be done if possible), be extra careful about negative items hitting your credit card. In the past, credit card companies would raise their interest rates to a card user who misses a payment or two. Missing […]

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One Year of AdSense, Welcome Elliott Wave International

by Luke Landes

Here is how AdSense has done for me (in relative terms) since when I added ads to the site in November last year. This doesn’t include any of the revenue from other advertising programs I’ve experimented with. Speaking of experimenting with ads, I’ve added BlogAds to the site to determine if I’ll fare any better. […]

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Balance Sheet and Income Statement, October 2005

by Luke Landes

If you continue reading, you’ll see my balance sheet and income statement for the end of October, 2005. Progress has been slow this month. Some comments about my balances are below the chart.

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Update: ING Direct’s Saving Rate Drops?

by Luke Landes

When I chcked my accounts late last night, it appeared that ING Direct had lowered the interest rate offered on its online savings account to 3.0 percent (APY). I’m not sure what’s going on, but every page on ING Direct’s website, including the Fash animation, had the lower rate quoted, and this is after previously looking […]

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Commissions Still High

by Luke Landes

A quick side note: Did you know you could subscribe to Consumerism Commentary? Simply use this RSS link in your favorite reader, such as BlogLines! It’s the perfect way to be sure you don’t miss anything. In general across a broad variety of services, competition has been driving commissions down. The internet has certainly helped […]

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Attack of the Killer Inflation

by Luke Landes

Liz Pulliam Weston at MSN Money is exploring the possible scenario in which inflation takes off in a manner like the period from 1979 to 1981. Even if inflation isn’t as high as 13.58 percent in one year, like it was in 1980 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the picture Liz draws can come […]

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Teaching Kids About Money, Part 2

by Luke Landes

Previously, I mentioned Yahoo Finance’s latest feature on teaching children about money. This post continues with that feature. Lynne Ticknor acknowledges that schools often don’t have the resources to teach classes beyond core curriculum. Personal finance classes are therefore difficult to find in public schools. Thus, the responsibility falls on the parents, who as many […]

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