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September 2008

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Seized by the Government: Likely Results

by Luke Landes

Fannie Mae (the Federal National Mortgage Association) and Freddie Mac (the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation) are companies that buy mortgages from lenders. Those lenders, by selling loans to the companies, have more cash on hand to lend to other individuals. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac then “repackage” the mortgages and sell them as securities ... Continue reading this article…

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Get a $25 Bonus With the Amex True Earnings Card

by Luke Landes

The offer you are interested in has expired. Read our review of the True Earnings Card From Costco and American Express.

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How to Deal With Unpredictable Income

by Luke Landes

One of my concerns with the possibility of leaving my day job and pursuing self-employment through writing and managing websites is the unpredictable income. At the extreme, my biggest concern is the idea that it’s quite possible that the income could drop off permanently due to forces beyond my control. But even if that doesn’t ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, August 2008 (Net Income: $11,582)

by Luke Landes

I mentioned in my August net worth report that there were three main reasons for my 7.7 percent increase. One reason was the stock market, which slightly lifted some of my investments. The other two reasons should be apparent from the income and expense report that is included in this post. My net income for the ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, August 2008 ($174,669, +7.7%)

by Luke Landes

It’s a long-standing tradition at Consumerism Commentary to review the details of my finances at the end of every month, and it’s that time again. I start with a “net worth report,” a list of my bank account, credit card, and loan account balances, investment values, and some more ethereal numbers like my car’s value ... Continue reading this article…

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Thieves Smashed Into My Car and Stole $700 Worth of Stuff

by Luke Landes

While staying in Queens, New York a week ago, I discovered on Sunday that my car had been broken into. Some time between Friday night and Sunday morning, someone broke the front passenger side window and pulled out my car radio and a few other items I had left hidden in the car. In addition ... Continue reading this article…

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