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September 2006

THIRD ShareBuilder Bonus Received, the Free Money Rolls In

by Luke Landes

I received $50 yesterday for opening my third account at ShareBuilder. Add that together with the $25 I received from ebates, that’s another free $75. Here are those ShareBuilder promotion codes again, and here’s how to turn a quick $75 just for opening an account. ShareBuilder’s trades are kind of expensive. You can buy for ... Continue reading this article…

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The 400 Richest Americans

by Luke Landes

According to CNN, if you add up the net worth of the 400 wealthiest Americans, you come up with a combined net worth of $1,250,000,000,000. That’s $1.25 trillion. That’s an increase of $120 billion from last year. The article then goes on to describe who is in the list (only billionaires, no lowly millionaires). Warren ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Round-Up

by Luke Landes

If you haven’t been paying attention, you may have missed these items from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond this week: * Nickel from FiveCentNickel has a problem with SimplyBunkBeds. * Mighty Bargain Hunter has some eBay tips. * Free Money Finance wants to know what you would do with $1,000,000. * AllFinancialMatters has 5 things he ... Continue reading this article…

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News Flash: Wall Street Journal Online Free (With Conditions)

by Luke Landes

I just got word from my Wall Street Journal insider that for the next six weeks, the newspaper will be running a special deal for those who wish to view the paper online. Normally, only subscribers can access the Wall Street Journal’s articles through the internet, but starting tomorrow, and on every Friday for the ... Continue reading this article…

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My MBA at the University of Phoenix Online, Part 1: The Decision

by Luke Landes

In August, I completed my Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with the University of Phoenix Online. I’m putting together a series about the entire experience. When I started working for my current employer in 2002, I decided to take advantage of the practically free education they were offering, 90 percent reimbursement for any work-related classes ... Continue reading this article…

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DreamHost Back in the Game, Here’s $20 For You

by Luke Landes

I’ve been hosting my websites through DreamHost since December 1999. The last several months have been very rocky as the “little hosting company” with its humble beginnings as the New Dream Network has expanded exponentially. They’ve just performed a major upgrade on their infrastructure, and now all my websites seem to be running well. For ... Continue reading this article…

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36% Say They Use a Financial Advisor

by Luke Landes

In an incredibly unscientific web poll, Yahoo Finance discovered (as of 11:12 pm last night) only 36 percent of the 2,200+ respondents — Yahoo Finance readers probably already biased towards the financially savvy — use a financial advisor. Almost the same amount (35 percent) say they do not take advantage of the help from a professional. The ... Continue reading this article…

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Estimated 2007 Tax Brackets

by Luke Landes

Kiplinger has the estimated tax savings you’re likely to see for the 2007 tax year (when you file in April 2008). Here are the estimated tax brackets, take a look to see where you fall:

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FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

by Luke Landes

A visitor came to my organization yesterday to present a day-long seminar to about fifteen people based on the book by Steven Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I’m not a big fan of group-think pop-philosophy self-help seminars, but there were a few things I could take away from the session. Aside from ... Continue reading this article…

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Keeping Up With Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

Today was a slo posting day as I was busy throughout the day and didn’t prepare any posts ahead of time. Tomorrow I should be a more active day. A good way to stay current with Consumerism Commentary is to subscribe to the RSS feed. You’ll be able to see the latest full posts in ... Continue reading this article…

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College Savings Plans Still Tax-Free, For Now

by Luke Landes

When I signed up for Upromise a few years ago, my intent was to start savings the rebates in a fund for higher education expenses for a hypothetical child I might have some time in the future. At the time, 529 accounts were new. They provide investments with tax-free earnings if the money if eventually ... Continue reading this article…

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In “Class” Today

by Luke Landes

I’m attending a “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” class today. I’ll have more to write about later, but have a great day meanwhile.

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Find a Financial Advisor Online

by Luke Landes

Some readers of financial blogs keep coming back for the free “advice.” There are some better ways to get in touch with financial advisement online, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has a few suggestions for finding a real advisor through the internet. * The Alliance of Cambridge Advisors is a network of 75 advisors in 25 ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The latest Carnival of Personal Finance was posted last night at Free Money Finance. Lots of good articles were included this week. Don’t forget to check out the latest Carnival of Investing, which I posted last night. Enjoy all the great blog articles!

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Carnival of Investing #40

by Luke Landes

Welcome to the 40th Carnival of Investing, hosted by Consumerism Commentary. If this is your first visit here, feel free to take some time to learn about me and this website. Thanks to Jonathan from MyMoneyBlog for the opportunity to host this traveling event. Now, on with the show, starting with my favorites, “Editor’s Choice.” ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Round-Up

by Luke Landes

Once again, it’s time to look at some of the articles I’ve liked from the past week from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond. * Free Money Finance likes index funds. * Five Cent Nickel breaks down the 2006 federal tax rates. I’ll be in the 25 percent tax bracket. * AllFinancialMatters has a table of which home ... Continue reading this article…

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Capital One Credit Cards Hurt Your Credit Score

by Luke Landes

If you have a credit card with Capital One, chances are your credit score is lower than it would be with a different credit card. This is because Capital One (and possibly other companies) don’t report your true credit limit. Part of the calculation for your credit score is your ratio of used credit to ... Continue reading this article…

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If You Write About Investing, Read This

by Luke Landes

If you’re a blogger and you’ve written about investing in the past week, consider submitting your article to the Carnival of Investing, which I am hosting on Monday, September 18. You can use this form. Also, Free Money Finance is hosting the Carnival of Personal Finance, also on next Monday. If you have anything written ... Continue reading this article…

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Second ShareBuilder Bonus Received: I Love Free Money

by Luke Landes

Today, ShareBuilder gave me the $50 I earned simply by using the promotion code ENTERTAIN50 when I opened my second brokerage account there. However, I’m still waiting for ebates.com to credit me with the $20 for using their site to open my account, but I did receive the $5 for opening the ebates account. In ... Continue reading this article…

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Best Places to Retire

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine has named the best places to retire: * Walla Walla, Washington * St. Simons Island, Georgia * Prescott, Arizona * Holland, Michigan * Williamsburg, Virginia The study digs much deeper and further rates locations within the United States based on retirement amenities or necessities such as most tennis played and most hospitals, among ... Continue reading this article…

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