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July 2008

Your Money in the Bank is Safe

by Luke Landes

Earlier this month, IndyMac, a bank and mortgage lender, collapsed, and through an interesting process the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) assumed responsibility of the bank’s deposit accounts. This collapse, only a few months after NetBank closed and its deposits were acquired by ING Direct, has people everywhere worrying about their money. The government and […]

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Baseball Cards Aren’t Fun Anymore

by Luke Landes

Back in the late 1980s, I collected baseball cards just like millions of other kids. That’s around the same time that popularity of baseball card collecting skyrocketed and the producers of cards — and Major League Baseball — ruined the hobby, never to recover. Taking advantage of collector — and even investor — interest, the […]

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GnuCash: Free Software for Balancing Your Checkbook (and More)

by Luke Landes

Nicholas emailed me with this question. I’m trying to find some kind of free accounting software for balancing my checkbook, and that sort of thing. I already use Mint.com, but it isn’t much good if I plan on writing a check, or if I want to create a recurring transaction. I don’t need something to […]

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Earn the Most in New Canaan, Connecticut

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine released the results of the publication’s survey of the towns with the highest median household income. New Canaan, Connecticut tops the list with a median income of $231,138. Considering a move to help your income go farther? Don’t choose one of these locales. Considering a move to be closer to culture, leisure, and […]

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What is the Value of a Human Life?

by Luke Landes

When the Environmental Protection Agency decides which regulations to create and enforce, just like any business deciding to pursue a project, it runs a cost-benefit analysis. While typical businesses might compare the costs of obtaining equipment and paying salaries with the anticipated income from the project, the EPA has to consider grander variables. If the […]

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The Four-Day Work Week: Is it a Good Idea?

by Luke Landes

I’ve noticed a few public employers, like Howard County, Maryland, the Hobart, Indiana Police Department, the State of Oklahoma, and the Winston-Salem Housing Authority, are implementing or discussing the idea of moving to a four-day work week. The most popular options seem to be replacing five eight-hour days with four ten-hour days and replacing ten […]

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Question From Reader: When Do You Record an Expense?

by Luke Landes

“Stat Crazy” wrote in to ask a few questions about recording personal finances in Quicken. His first question is about recording expenses. If you purchase something during the month one June 15 with a VISA card, then submit an online payment on June 28, and the card says it is paid off on June 30 […]

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Just Like Apple’s MobileMe, But Free

by Smithee

For the purposes of this article, the term “iPhone” includes “iPod Touch”, and I’m assuming that your operating systems are up to date. Along with new firmware for existing iPhone owners, and the new iPhone 3G itself, Apple is releasing this week a new service called “MobileMe”, succinctly described as “Exchange for the rest of […]

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TIAA-CREF Computer System: Still the Default Excuse

by Luke Landes

In January 2006, thousands of TIAA-CREF customers experienced service problems with the financial services firm when attempting to transfer funds, withdraw funds, or receive distributions. The company publicly blamed its problems on a tough transition from one computer system to another. This was the reason for my missing contribution that occurred during this period. Since […]

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Reusable Bags at the Grocery Store

by Luke Landes

I produce a lot of garbage, and I’m not talking about just my writing. Here’s one reason: Even though the grocery store is only about a block or two away from my apartment, I tend to take large shopping trips infrequently rather than smaller trips more frequently. Here are the problems with this approach. I’ve […]

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