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June 2006

How You Can Make $42,000 Each Day

by Luke Landes

All you have to do to earn $42,000 a day, or $11 million each year, is be average. Wait, when I say “average,” I mean “average CEO.” That’s not so hard to do, right? In 2005, if you were the average CEO, you made 262 times what the average worker made, $41,861 anually. Critics of ... Continue reading this article…

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Bad Time to Invest in Southern California

by Luke Landes

According to some scientists who study earthquakes and tecnocis, the past 300 years has been a relatively quiet period (the “interseismic period”) for the southern part of the San Andreas Fault. They believe this period is coming to an end, and it’s not a question of if a major earthquake would hit southern California, but ... Continue reading this article…

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Pure Gold Coin for Investors and Collectors

by Luke Landes

I heard about this on the Marketplace Morning Report this morning, and I’m interested. The U.S. Mint will produce the first pure (.9999) gold coin for investors and collectors. The face value of the coin will be $50 and it will consist of 24-karat gold. The “bullion” version of the coin will be for created ... Continue reading this article…

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Caption Contest: Ben Bernanke

by Luke Landes

Give this photograph a caption in the comments below. What is Ben Bernanke saying?

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Who Will Play Me?

by Luke Landes

When Andy Kaufman was getting tired of all the attention he was getting (and was suffering from cancer), he had his friend Bob Zmuda start replacing him for some of his appearances. People really didn’t know the difference as Andy’s main character at the time was Tony Clifton. Both Andy and Bob could wear the ... Continue reading this article…

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Millionaires Invest in Cash But Watch Stocks

by Luke Landes

A survey from HSBC Bank reveals that millionaires take a position on cash higher than what financial planners generally advise. 472 “mass affulent” individuals — those with at least $1 million available to invest — were surveyed, and 34 percent have at least 20 percent of their investable assets in cash. The mass affluent watch stocks even ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Make These Mistakes, Part 2

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, I wrote about three mistakes in retirement planning an AARP financial professional made in his own life. Today, I’ll continuee with the next three points from the original Yahoo Finance feature. These are three additional actions or attitudes you should not emulate:

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Hello, More Debt (Temporarily)

by Luke Landes

The last portion of my final student loan was disbursed last week. That means that my debt level has increased again (although I have more funds in the tuition fund at my school to offset that debt). As reimbursements come in from my company, the debt should decreasing again — as long as I can ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Make These Mistakes, Part 1

by Luke Landes

Stan Hinden from AARP shares six retirement mistakes he made throughout his life in addition to a pair of better choices. Here are some thoughts on three of those mistakes.

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The Real Estate Cartel?

by Luke Landes

The Consumer Federation of America issued a report declaring that the real estate brokerage industry acts as a cartel to set prices unfairly. Here’s the full report [PDF]. “Many traditional real estate brokerage firms, and their organizations, function as a cartel that tries to set prices and restrict service options,” said Stephen Brobeck, CFA’s Executive ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival of Personal Finance #53

by Luke Landes

Welcome to the anniversary edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance! What a year it has been. The first Carnival of Personal Finance was posted on June 20, 2005. To celebrate the Carnival’s first birthday, I asked participants to submit two articles: a recent favorite as usual and one of their favorites from the past ... Continue reading this article…

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Democrats Get Their Own Mutual Fund

by Luke Landes

If you’re a Democrat and Democratic values are important to you, you may want to put your money where your mouth is and invest blue. According to CNN Money, Blue Investment Management intends to offer a mutual fund that consists of companies that “give blue” and “act blue.” That means they support Democratic politicians and ... Continue reading this article…

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Women Don’t Do Enough (According to Report)

by Luke Landes

According to a biannual report by Prudential Financial, women are now more involved in financial decisions then they were five years ago, but their financial knowledge and money management confidence is relatively low. Two-thirds of the respondents gave themselves a grade of “C” or lower, while just 1 percent assigned themselves an “A.” These women have ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Blogosphere

by Luke Landes

For those who like to jump around, here are some interesting articles from around the blogosphere that I’ve noticed this past week, starting with the MoneyBlogNetwork. Blueprint for Financial Prosperity is respecting Bob Kiyosaki for pointing out that real estate speculators are getting slaughtered like pigs. Free Money Finance is looks at money matters between ... Continue reading this article…

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You Won’t Be Rich, Maybe Just Solvent

by Luke Landes

Jeanne Sahadi has a tendency to bring people back to reality, and she does so nicely with her latest commentary, the Not-a-millionaire guide to financial security. She points out that getting rich is pretty difficult unless you’re an investment banker or venture capitalist. If you try to live like you’re rich before you are, you’ll ... Continue reading this article…

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Bill Gates is Out! (How You Can Start a Foundation)

by Luke Landes

Microsoft announced today that Bill Gates will be leaving the company in July 2008 to concentrate on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which currently has $29.1 billion in assets. Have you ever considered starting your own foundation? According to the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, if you meet the following qualification, starting a foundation ... Continue reading this article…

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Congratulations to My Friends Mentioned on MSNBC.com

by Luke Landes

MSNBC.com ran an article by Vanessa Richardson today. She looked at the blog-about-money phenomenon and focuses on a fiew blog-friends of mine, AllFinancialMatters, Budgeting Babe, Boston Gal’s Open Wallet, and Make Love, Not Debt. There are a few interesting quotes as well as tips for those wishing to join the personal finance hemisphere of the ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival of Personal Finance Reminder

by Luke Landes

Bloggers: If you’re planning on submitting an article to the Carnival of Personal Finance, make sure you submit two: one recent as you normally would and one of your favorites from the past year. It’s the first birthday of the Carnival, so I’m putting something special together. Thanks!

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Getting Paid for Changing Your Flights

by Luke Landes

I’ve heard stories about people receiving various perks from airlines in return for giving up their seats on overcrowded flights. I never attempted this myself, but now I know there is a method to perk offerings, I may try to work the system if I find myself on a tight flight. Here are the tricks ... Continue reading this article…

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Stocks and Funds to Weather All Market Conditions

by Luke Landes

Do you want to know which stocks will provide you with long term growth no matter what the market throws at you? Fortune Magazine believes it has the answer. This is a timely story; with the markets behaving badly (that sounds like a mediocre sitcom) people want help and suggestions about how to invest. How ... Continue reading this article…

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