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2006

I’m the Chief Financial Officer of My Own Life

by Luke Landes

My friend J.D. asked me to write a little about how and why I assemble and publish my monthly financial updates and how the idea of looking at your personal finances from a quasi-business point of view helps gain perspective. What resulted is now a guest post at one of my favorite money-related blogs, Get ... Continue reading this article…

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US Airways and Delta Airlines Might Merge, My Flight Unchanged

by Luke Landes

This story attracted my attention because I am getting ready to flow from East Coast to West on US Airways next Monday. US Airways is looking to purchase Delta Airlines, which is bankrupt, for $8 billion in cash and stock. Any merger won’t affect my flight, although it would be nice if the airline lift ... Continue reading this article…

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What is Your Biggest Weakness? With a Giveaway!

by Luke Landes

When I had the chance to interview a prospective supervisor I avoided asking this question, but every interview I’ve had in which I am the one auditioning for a position, I’ve been invariably asked about my weaknesses. Fortune Magazine is tackling this question. Dear Annie: After a detailed conversation about what I’ve been doing, the ... Continue reading this article…

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My Company’s Stock Purchase Plan, Take 3

by Luke Landes

Recently, I’ve written about my company’s new stock purchase plan. My employer is giving all employees a chance to purchase up to 10 percent of their salary in company stock at a 15 percent discount of the lower of the beginning or end of each quarter. Yesterday, I made my election official. I will be contributing the ... Continue reading this article…

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My DreamHost Account Was Hacked

by Luke Landes

I received an email from the DreamHost abuse team — DreamHost is the company that provides the web services for this website, pfblogs.org to an extent, the MoneyBlogNetwork and its forums, and a number of others. They made me aware that my web space was being accessed by a computer user in Romania. The user ... Continue reading this article…

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7 Ways to Save Money While Maintaining Your Extravagant Lifestyle

by Luke Landes

If you haven’t noticed, I’m a fan of long post titles. Anyway, as the title says, here are seven ways you can save money while maintaining your extravagant style. After all, isn’t that what everyone wants? The best of both worlds? If you love living beyond your means, follow these guidelines and both worlds will ... Continue reading this article…

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Review: The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read by Daniel R. Solin

by Luke Landes

I recently finished reading The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read: The Simple, Stress-Free Way to Reach Your Investment Goals [Amazon affiliate] by Daniel R. Solin. It’s a relatively short book with one simple point: For most people, investing in index funds is smarter than investing in actively managed mutual funds. The chapters are short ... Continue reading this article…

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Quick Update: Picked Up My Car from Repairs

by Luke Landes

To wrap up my latest vehicle-related saga, I picked up my car yesterday. The repairs took almost two weeks, but the shop did an excellent job. The suggestions from readers helped (thanks!) as I inspected the car before paying the bill. I took the car for a test spin to make sure there were no ... Continue reading this article…

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Revisao Semanal do Artigo (Weekly Blog Roundup)

by Luke Landes

Estão aqui alguns de meus artigos favoritos desta semana passada. * Chame Seu Cartão de Crédito Antes das Compras Grandes * Reparando da Erros de Contribuição de Roth IRA * A Mais Melhor Planta 401k * Escola de Auctioneering: Dia 1 * Fundos Mútuos da Carga Contra Nenhum-Carga * Pergunta do Dinheiro de Suze Orman ... Continue reading this article…

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Mapgirl Moves Her Fiscal Challenge and Makes the Switch

by Luke Landes

Mapgirl, the blogger behind the excellent personal finance blog, Mapgirl’s Fiscal Challenge, has moved from BlogSpot and Blogger to WordPress. I’m very excited about the move because I enjoy her blog and it will hopefully be more stable on the new server and because I helped her move through my “Get Away From BlogSpot” project. ... Continue reading this article…

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What’s in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Investment Accounts?

by Luke Landes

Although I share my investments and my net worth, I am far from being a politician in the spotlight. On the other hand, Nancy Pelosi, the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, is required to disclose her investments. I found her disclosure via Seeking Alpha and pfblogs.org. Pelosi and her husband have a number ... Continue reading this article…

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Where Do Hedge Fund Professionals Spend Their Money?

by Luke Landes

Breaking into the hedge fund industry is a sure way to find yourself with a large income. Culture seems to dictate that most of that income will be spent and not saved. After all, you have to look the part and live the life. If you had to guess, where would you say the hedgies ... Continue reading this article…

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Enrolled in My 2007 Employee Benefits

by Luke Landes

Today was the deadline to enroll in my 2007 employee benefits, so I took some time to do so. It wasn’t necessary for me since my options are staying the same as my 2006 selections, but it did give me an opportunity to compare the prices. The HMO medical program sponsored by Aetna increased from ... Continue reading this article…

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Car Almost Done With Repairs, What Do I Need to Look For?

by Luke Landes

My insurance company has provided me with a rental car while my own Honda Civic is in for repairs. I’ve been driving around a 2007 Saturn Ion. It doesn’t have many extra features, such as power windows, but it has been an adequate temporary replacement. My car should be ready to be picked up today ... Continue reading this article…

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Traveling for Thanksgiving

by Luke Landes

Once again, I’ll be traveling to California to visit my family for Thanksgiving. Last year, I wrote about my first flight on jetBlue. This year, the least expensive flight I could find was US Airways out of Philadelphia. I should have looked for tickets before Labor Day. This year, SideStep was a big help in ... Continue reading this article…

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My Company’s Stock Purchase Plan, Take 2

by Luke Landes

As we’re entering the open enrollment period for certain benefits at the company where I work, there has been some talk amongst my coworkers about my company’s stock purchase plan. My coworkers are concerned that they can’t take advantage of the plan to the maximum because their cash flow is tight. That’s actually my concern ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Get Added to pfblogs.org and Some Promotion Codes

by Luke Landes

Thanks mainly to Jim’s excellent 25 Steps to a Wildly Successful Personal Finance Blog, I’ve recently received more requests from bloggers to be added to pfblogs.org, the ad-free financial blogs aggregator. In response to the influx, we added a request form to pfblogs.org to simplify the process. Each blog submitted goes through a quick review ... Continue reading this article…

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Bond Issued to Fund Vaccinations for 500 Million Children

by Luke Landes

If you’re looking for an investment that provides a return higher than Treasury bills, and you want to help the world at the same time, you might want to consider this new bond. The government of Britain with some others (not including the United States) are selling bonds to raise money to immunize millions of ... Continue reading this article…

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Solved an Algebra Equation at Work

by Luke Landes

It’s kind of frightening that in an office of people with banking backgrounds, accounting backgrounds, and managers, I was the only one who could determine the tax portion of a total that includes tax when all that is known is that total and the tax rate. I guess seventh-grade algebra does come in handy once ... Continue reading this article…

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Received a Student Loan Refund Yesterday: $1.57

by Luke Landes

I think it is bad business cents to make a habit of spending $0.39 on postage to send out checks for small amounts. That’s right, my student loan provider sent me a check via First Class U.S. Postal Service mail — not even the pre-sort rate — for $1.57. Apparently, when loans are consolidated, there ... Continue reading this article…

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