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May 2006

Bad Loans In China

by Luke Landes

Are you invested in China? According to this article, the Chinese economy isn’t exactly sound. If the author of the article, Minxin Pei, is correct, I don’t see how China would make a good long-term investment. Systemic economic waste, bank lending practices, political patronage and the survival of a one-party state are inseparably intertwined in ... Continue reading this article…

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PlayStation 3 Plus Or Minus $596: My Generation Just Sighed

by Luke Landes

My video-game-playing friends must be hoping this is a hoax or a tease. The new Sony PlayStation 3 will reportedly cost $499 or $599, depending on the size of the included hard drive. It certainly comes packed with features: The PlayStation 3 is powered by the “Cell” processor, which Sony boasts makes the machine 35 ... Continue reading this article…

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Americans Are NOT In Bad Shape With Credit, Sort Of

by Luke Landes

I like Liz Pulliam Weston’s latest article, The Truth About Credit Card Debt because she cites some statistics that fly in the face of conventional thought regarding credit behavior of Americans. We’ve all heard this before: Americans are in an unparalleled level of revolving credit card debt. The average American household carries more than $9,000 ... Continue reading this article…

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Make Money With MySpace

by Luke Landes

I’ve mentioned previously my disdain for the social networking monster that is MySpace, but it turns out that it’s not just for kiddies and awful bands anymore. According to CNN, Some entrepreneurs are using MySpace to market their small businesses, and those who tailor their business to the MySpace clientelle are succeeding. I am starting ... Continue reading this article…

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Less Than $1.00 Per Gallon For Gas Right Now

by Luke Landes

First Fuel Banks bills itself as the only retailer in the country where customers can buy gasoline for the future and hedge against rising prices. It advertises no service charge and no storage charge, just a $1 lifetime membership fee. Here’s an idea that should be interesting for those who want to save money and ... Continue reading this article…

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Looking for Apartments, Update 1

by Luke Landes

As I mentioned on Friday, my girlfriend and I are looking for an apartment somewhat halfway between where we both work (Queens and central New Jersey). The island of Manhattan tends to cause problems drawing straight lines on a map, so we’re looking in two places:

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Online Savings Accounts in the New York Times

by Luke Landes

The New York Times catches on to what bloggers have been talking about for years: online savings accounts earn more interest and are overall much better than the paltry traditional savings account. ING Direct led the newest initiatives in the United States in 2000, when it introduced the Orange account, and until recently it had ... Continue reading this article…

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Looking for Apartments

by Luke Landes

This weekend, my girlfriend and I will be looking at apartments in North Jersey, on this side of the George Washington Bridge. We’ll be looking in areas like Englewood, Fort Lee, and Edgewater. I would like to find a two-bedroom apartment for around $1,600 a month (or less). This location would be practically the midpoint ... Continue reading this article…

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In the News

by Luke Landes

* Job growth slows to a gain of only 138,000 jobs. * Burger King beefs up IPO and MasterCard is expecting a nice public offering. Let’s go have a huge fast food dinner and put it on a credit card. Maybe not. * Mortgage rates are the highest since June 2002. * The Dow hit ... Continue reading this article…

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What’s Hot This Week

by Luke Landes

It’s a new month, and that means more posts from around the blogosphere. Here’s some of the ones I found interesting from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond. Perhaps you will, too. Nickel inspired discussion on withdrawing contributions from Roth IRA accounts. JLP from AllFinancialMatters questioned his dentist’s bill and saved some money. He’s still not as ... Continue reading this article…

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Develop Your Brand: Paris Hilton

by Luke Landes

Say anything you want about heiress Paris Hilton, but admit she (and her team) have done a bang-up job of developing her brand. I don’t think it was her misfortune that her sex video was unofficially released to the public a few years ago, making her an overnight sensation. While she’s not the richest celebrity, ... Continue reading this article…

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The Finance of Sleep Loss

by Luke Landes

One thing that is important to remember is that parial sleep loss is cumulative. That means that if you get 30 minutes less sleeping time than your body needs each day during the week, your body will want to make up two and a half hours of sleep during the weekend, or whenever you can ... Continue reading this article…

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Ten Free Ways To Improve Sleep, Part 2

by Luke Landes

This is the second and last part of a short series on suggestions for improving sleep without spending a ton of cash. I published part 1 yesterday. We’re continuing with the second half of suggestions provided by Melinda Fulmer from MSN Money. Here are the remaining tips. 6. Set your thermostat between 60 to 68 ... Continue reading this article…

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Comments From The World’s Richest Person

by Luke Landes

Bill Gates almost regrets being the world’s richest person, with about $50 billion. According to a short interview, he doesn’t like the visibility. The interesting part of the interview is that the founder of Microsoft admits he has learned everything from Warren Buffett, who is now, thanks to Gates, the world’s second richest individual. The ... Continue reading this article…

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Ten Free Ways To Improve Sleep, Part 1

by Luke Landes

I’ve never been a good sleeper. Even as far back as high school, I remember lying in bed for hours before finally drifting off and having trouble getting out of bed in the morning. This continued for a long time. College wasn’t much better, and after college it was more of the same. I’ve used ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, April 2006 (Net Income: $1,815)

by Luke Landes

If nothing else, I can say that I’ve been spending less than I earn for some time now, even if in some cases that’s only due to luck or extra side income. I saved $1,815 from being spent this month. Here are the details.

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Personal Balance Sheet, April 2006 ($49,835, +6.79%)

by Luke Landes

My net worth as of April 30, 2006 is $49,835. I’m so close to $50,000, I can smell it. Here are the details.

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Tips for Dealing With Recruiters

by Luke Landes

They always seem to call at the wrong time, first of all. But recruiters and headhunters have worked well for many people. Fortune Magazine explains how to help them help you. First, the problem: After 12 years as a finance manager… I’d like to explore opportunities elsewhere. Yet the only calls I get from recruiters ... Continue reading this article…

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Sell Your Life Insurance Policy

by Luke Landes

Let’s say you have a life insurance policy that will pay $1,000,000 to your family in the event of your death. You’ve had the policy for several years, but you’ve decided that it is no longer needed. You don’t want to pay the monthly premium and there’s no one to receive the funds when you ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast Interview With Caitlin From Clutter2Cash

by Luke Landes

Scott produced another great Money Blogger Podcast in which he interviews Caitlin from Clutter2Cash. It’s an excellent interview that touches on all the usual concerns, and I enjoyed hearing Caitlin’s point of view.

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