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March 2006

Good News For DiscoverCard Holders

by Luke Landes

DiscoverCard has made some improvements to its online features. You can now schedule payments in advance, make payments as often as every three days, and have your payment post the same day if the transaction is initiated before 5:00 pm Eastern. The last improvement is a nice touch for procrastinators. I once tried to use ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week In The Blogosphere

by Luke Landes

Here’s a round up of what’s been going on with the members of the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond. If you haven’t yet checked out the network’s forum for pfbloggers, make sure you take a look. There are some interesting conversations. The MightyBargainHunter points out a a pregnant teen waitress who received a $1,000 tip from a ... Continue reading this article…

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Lose Your Money In Three Easy Generations

by Luke Landes

Here’s an interesting statistic: Nine out of 10 affluent families will lose their wealth within three generations. The article describes some steps you can take if you happen to be in one of those wealthy families to help your money last for centuries. It seems to come down to passing along values in addition to ... Continue reading this article…

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Microsoft’s Strategy: Screw The Customer

by Luke Landes

I saw this quickie in Reuters today: Microsoft Corp. said Friday it will complete work on the new version of its Microsoft Office software package this October, and make it available to business customers at that time. But the company said the 2007 Microsoft Office system will not be available to retail and computer-builder customers ... Continue reading this article…

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Some Reading for Wednesday

by Luke Landes

Here are some articles I’ve found interesting today: * You want a piece of me? Pay me. Your tax return may be sold to third parties including marketers, if you give consent. Don’t give consent. * Good habits are hard to break. It’s a new Millionaire in the Making with a couple making a significant ... Continue reading this article…

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Home Ownership Tough for Working Class

by Luke Landes

As the overall rate of home ownership in the United States is increasing, the rate of home ownership by those in the working class is decreasing, according to the Center for Housing Policy. Here’s the research publication [pdf] and a report on CNN Money. So what is this “working class?” For this report, the working ... Continue reading this article…

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Corzine’s New Jersey Budget

by Luke Landes

The big story in New Jersey today was Governor Corzine’s proposed state budget. You can read his speech here. To summarize, New Jerseyans will be looking at higher sales tax, increased tax on cigarettes and liquor, increased tax on luxuries like limousine services and tanning salons, possibly increased property taxes even after rebates, and no ... Continue reading this article…

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Things To Check Out

by Luke Landes

Hey! You’ve probably heard, but I must repeat to support my friends in the blogosphere. 1. AllThingsFinancial was mentioned in Money Magazine this month under “Best Professional Commentary.” Congrats JLP! 2. Jane Dough from Boston Gal’s Open Wallet has been interviewed by Scott from Money Blogger Podcast. 3. The MoneyBloggerNetwork has created forums to discuss ... Continue reading this article…

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Thinking About The Future

by Luke Landes

Most of my investing is for the future — the far future. While I can’t predict what the future will bring, other people have some good ideas. Take global warming for instance. Sure, there’s a lot of political disagreement about the science, but all sides agree the Earth’s climate is changing regardless of the causes. ... Continue reading this article…

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I Got The Job

by Luke Landes

I’m happy to share my good news. After returning from Florida last week, I had an interview with another division of my company, in a location closer to my home. To my surprise and pleasure, I was offered the job yesterday. There are a number of benefits to taking this job. It’s closer to where ... Continue reading this article…

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Google Finance, Including Blogs

by Luke Landes

This is interesting. Google is launching a finance-related web site, seemingly to compete with the likes of Yahoo Finance. The site is described as a “financial news, stock quote and chat service,” and apparently financial blogs will be highlighted. I tried searching for Google on the new service, and you can see the results. I’m ... Continue reading this article…

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News Tomorrow

by Luke Landes

I apologize for the relative silence lately. A number of projects have been stealing my attention in addition to some social events. I can’t stay away; tomorrow I will be able to share my latest experience in negotiation. A phone call tomorrow morning will determine how successful I am with this particular art. In either ... Continue reading this article…

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My New 401(k) Fund Option: Real Estate

by Luke Landes

I received a notice this weekend from my employer advising that a new investment option will be available within my 401(k). Here’s what the pamphlet had to say about the new fund: The Fund will invest primarily in existing private real estate funds, publicly traded real estate securities, including REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) securities, ... Continue reading this article…

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Slackers Unite!

by Luke Landes

To be smart, slow down, lay back, and don’t try to do so many things at once. That advice seems to be needed to help stimulate productivity from “knowledge workers.” Here are some points from the article: * “The physiological effects of tiredness are well-known. You can turn a smart person into an idiot just ... Continue reading this article…

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Benefits of Dividends

by Luke Landes

Jeremy Siegel talks about the virtues of owning dividend-paying stocks in a bear market. Those dividends (if reinvested) buy more and more stock as a company’s stock price declines. When the stock price rebounds, those extra shares-from-dividends act as “return accelerators,” leaving you in a much better position than where you started, even if the ... Continue reading this article…

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Reminder: Carnival of Personal Finance

by Luke Landes

To my blogging friends, don’t forget to submit an article to the Carnival of Personal Finance. The next Carnival will be hosted by AllThingsFinancial on Monday, so send JLP a link to your favorite post nice and early.

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Enjoy Now

by Luke Landes

You’ll never be happy with what you acquire if you can’t enjoy what you already have. So along with working to climb higher, take plenty of time to appreciate and truly enjoy where you are. There was a time when you aspired to nothing more than where you are and what you have right now. ... Continue reading this article…

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Around The Horn

by Luke Landes

Here are some articles from around the blogosphere I enjoyed this week. Don’t Do Drug Tests for Money. While it’s great to find unique ways to earn extra income, Jim suggests you stay away from drug tests, following the recent news report of a test backfiring in the U.K. What $300,000 Buys You In… Depending ... Continue reading this article…

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Introducing Ka-Blog

by Luke Landes

I love to see traditional media getting involved with blogging. The Star Tribune from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota is the latest to join the fray with “Pay Dirt” Kara McGuire’s Ka-Blog, a companion to her personal finance column, Ka-Ching. In her first entry, Kara writes about NetWorthIQ and includes a link to her family’s NetWorthIQ profile.

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What $300,000 Will Buy You In My Town

by Luke Landes

JLP from AllThingsFinancial unknowingly started a meme observing what $300,000 or so can buy in various locations around the country. Here’s what $285,000 will buy you in my town. It’s a 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse condo, built in 1986. The house includes a living room, dining room, and kitchen, and central air conditioning. The ... Continue reading this article…

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