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September 2007

The Declining Value of the MBA

by Luke Landes

Among the high-powered analysts and hedge-fund superstars, obtaining an MBA is losing its attraction. Even degrees from the most prestigious schools like Harvard and Wharton are viewed as a waste of time and money if the student could be earning hundreds of thousands of dollars a year as a stock analyst or millions as a […]

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10 Tips for Buying a Residential Rental Property, Part 8: Stay Close to Home

by Sasha

This is the eighth tip in a 10-part series on purchasing residential rental properties based on my experience. 8. Stay close to home. In my experience, absentee landlords tend to find out about and resolve problems less quickly, which in turn can make them bigger, more expensive problems. For this and other reasons, municipalities are […]

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Weekly Blog Roundup, Fall Season Edition

by Luke Landes

I am not a television junkie, but I appreciate good entertainment. Hence, I’m looking forward to the upcoming series of Heroes, House, and The Office. While I’m preparing by setting my digital video recorder to record all the new shows in glorious high definition, I’ll be reviewing some of the recent articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork. […]

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Responses to Your Thoughts and Questions About Quicken

by Luke Landes

On Wednesday, I announced the release of Quicken 2008 by hosting a giveaway. As of yesterday evening, more than 60 people have entered the “contest” for a chance to win one of five downloadable copies of Quicken Premier 2008. Some wrote in with interesting comments, so I’d like to address a few. Rue asked, “The […]

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Bank of America Raises ATM Fees: How Do You Avoid?

by Luke Landes

At dinner last night, the conversation for some reason turned towards personal bank accounts and the banks that hold them. Bank of America has grown to a large presence in this area, and there were some complaints about their service. In particular, their fees are higher than other banks in some cases. Some at the […]

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10 Tips for Buying a Residential Rental Property, Part 7: Look Out for Safety Issues

by Sasha

So you understand the construction of the home you are looking to purchase, including its foundation. The next step is to analyze the property from a liability standpoint, assessing potential safety concerns and budgeting to fix them as part of your initial investment. 7. Look out for safety issues. For anyone looking to purchase a […]

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Intuit Quicken 2008 is Here! And Here’s a Giveaway!

by Luke Landes

I’ve been beta-testing Quicken Home and Business 2008 for the past few months. Despite common sense, I’ve been using this development version for managing my real, active financial data. I have found the 2008 version to be an improvement over last year’s. I particularly like being able to download PayPal transactions for easy reconciliation, at […]

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Getting Closer to Cable a la Carte

by Luke Landes

Until earlier this summer, I had been living with less than 30 cable television channels, one third in a language not spoken by me. I reduced my cable subscription a few years ago in an effort to save some money. When I moved into my new apartment, I was offered free cable for a year, […]

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10 Tips for Buying a Residential Rental Property, Part 6: Beware of Houses Built on a Cement Slab

by Sasha

Simplicity, accessibility, and replaceability are important aspects of rental property construction, but at the foundation of your investment is the foundation itself. This week, a caution: 6. Beware of houses built on a cement slab. Not having a basement can cost you much more than storage space. In some places, like parts of Florida and […]

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5 Romantic Outdoor Day Date Ideas Under $30

by Sasha

Related: Men Paying for Dinner: Is It More Romantic?. School’s back in session, work’s ramping up again, and it’s almost time to let go of summer and fully embrace fall. But that shouldn’t mean your romantic life falls by the wayside. From what I’m seeing in the weather reports, it’s supposed to be a nice […]

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