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March 2006

Tracking Restricted Stock in Quicken

by Luke Landes

As I mentioned earlier today, employees in my company have been granted restricted stock, vesting in three years. I decided to do some research to try to determine how to track the value in Quicken, which I use for tracking my personal finances. From what I can tell through some Google research, you don’t track ... Continue reading this article…

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Review: Career Intensity by David Lorenzo

by Luke Landes

I’ve got another “advance reading copy” to mention. Career Intensity: Business Strategy for Workplace Warriors and Entrepreneurs by David Lorenzo is a guide to taking charge of your career, whether you’re an independent Entrepreneur or a “Workplace Warrior” looking for advancement. The book contains concrete suggestions for actions and philosophies that ensure an individual will ... Continue reading this article…

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Company-Wide Bonus

by Luke Landes

The CEO of my company announced today that the board approved a special bonus payment. All full-time employees will be granted about $2,000 worth of restricted stock units, which will vest on March 14, 2009. On that date, each unit will convert to a share of stock and will be available to sell. It’s not ... Continue reading this article…

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Emigrant Direct Interest Rate Moves Up

by Luke Landes

Here’s a quick note to mention that Emigrant Direct increased the interst rate offered on its no-minimum savings account to 4.5 percent annual yield. More rates are listed here. I don’t participate in extreme rate-hunting. My savings is split between Emigrant Direct and ING Direct, who have both been slow in competing with HSBC Direct and ... Continue reading this article…

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Your House: Asset or Liability?

by Luke Landes

Gurus like David Bach and Robert Kiyosaki profess the best way to get rich is real estate (while their net worth continues to increase through the sale of books and seminars). But what good is increased equity in the house if the only way you can use that money is to sell the house (downsize) ... Continue reading this article…

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HOWTO Get Personalized Financial Advice

by Luke Landes

I get a number of emails from individuals looking for financial advice. Presumably, these people read this blog and are hoping I will have some insight into their own personal finances. Even more often, I receive emails with requests for a certain topic they’d like to see me cover. While I’m flattered, those seeking personal ... Continue reading this article…

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Time To Catch Up

by Luke Landes

I’m back in the northeast and I have tons of catching up to do with blogs, school work, work, and more. First, I’d like to mention today’s Carnival of Personal Finance, which was hosted by pfadvice.com. Some of the most interesting entries in my opinion are Funny Munny’s comments on Verizon and Career Intensity’s Your ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend in Florida

by Luke Landes

I’ll be flying to Florida tomorrow morning and returning on Monday. I’m not sure if I’ll have access to the internet. In the mean time, you can browse the archive, which contains quick links to the last fifty posts as well as indexes by category and date. While you’re at it, consider subscribing to my ... Continue reading this article…

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The Fidel Castro of Office Furniture

by Luke Landes

Here’s an interesting article on the history of the cubicle. Apparently, the original intent was much different than what we now experience. Companies searching for the most economical solution impeded the ideal. The new system included plenty of work surfaces and display shelves; partitions were a part of it, intended to provide privacy and places ... Continue reading this article…

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Follow-Up: Saving $10 on Cable Internet

by Luke Landes

A few days ago, I wrote about how I might begin saving $10 on my cable internet service from Comcast. I was approached by a neighbor who noticed my wireless network was available (but protected by password) and offered to pay me a portion of my cable bill if we could access it. I responded ... Continue reading this article…

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Comments: Rebate Scams

by Luke Landes

I received this email from Adam last night, in reference to my article about rebate “scams.” I’ve reprinted the email with permission: I really enjoyed your Rebate Scams article. Five to six years ago, I used to buy items with rebates all the time. I never had a problem. It seems like it’s a recent ... Continue reading this article…

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Administrative Note – I’m Fed Up

by Luke Landes

It’s an understatement to say my time is pretty limited. Writing entries for the blog is difficult enough, but I shouldn’t have to spend so much time deleting spam comments. I’ve had it with junk. The spam filter built into this blogging software, Movable Type, does not function properly. Almost all of my other blogs ... Continue reading this article…

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Historically Inaccurate Numbers

by Luke Landes

I generally like the articles Bill Fleckenstein writes for his “Contrarian Chronicles” column at MSN Money. Today he published an article about the way the government manipulates the rules of arithmetic to maintain an happy economic outlook. Here’s the first example: unemployment. If unemployment data are calculated using the same methods that were used during ... Continue reading this article…

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The Future Is Grim: Ben Stein

by Luke Landes

Here’s more for those concerned about costs in retirement: Baby Boomer Ben Stein is warning us that standards of living are set to take a huge dive not long from now. Here’s the health care example: Look at it this way: Think of the most crowded freeway you’re on every day. Imagine what it’ll be ... Continue reading this article…

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Prices for Healthcare in Retirement Up

by Luke Landes

If you and your significant other retire right now, and if you represent the “average” couple, the two of you will need $200,000 to cover health care for 20 years. This is based on research by Fidelity, a company offering, among other things, investment products for those thinking about retirement. This amount is up more ... Continue reading this article…

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One Carnival is Up

by Luke Landes

The Carnival of Debt Reduction is up at Blueprint! The newest Carnival of Personal Finance will be posted by Canadian Capitalist later this morning. Update: The Carnival of Personal Finance is now up at Canadian Capitalist. Another Update: Carnival of the Capitalists is up at Free Money Finance and the Carnival of Investing is up ... Continue reading this article…

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Looking Forward to April – Tahoe Vacation

by Luke Landes

Today, Amy and I purchased airplane tickets for our vacation to California. We’ll be staying with my family in southern California, and we’ll be staying here for some time with everyone in Tahoe. The airfare was a little more than $500 per person for the round trip flights (JetBlue from JFK to Long Beach, California. ... Continue reading this article…

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Saving Another $10 on Cable Internet

by Luke Landes

My wireless connection is protected by password in order to dissuade people piggybacking off my service. When I installed the wireless router, in addition to adding this security, I described the wireless network using my apartment number. Doing so may end up saving me money on my Comcast bill each month. A neighbor, while using ... Continue reading this article…

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Round ‘Em Up

by Luke Landes

It was a busy week in the blogosphere and a busy week for me in my office. There’s nothing I enjoy less than being in the office working overtime on Friday nights. Anyhow, here are some items I’ve found interesting from the members of the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond. Mighty Bargain Hunter evaluates why being debt-free ... Continue reading this article…

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Pay Increase Details

by Luke Landes

I mentioned in the notes for my latest balance sheet that I’ve received my yearly raise and bonus. Here are some details. My bonus appears in today’s paycheck. My “2005 Annual Incentive Award” amounts to $2,848, or 7.18 percent of my 2005 base salary. Note than I am a “non-exempt” employee and I get paid for ... Continue reading this article…

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