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January 2009

Keep Your Job Amidst Layoffs

by Luke Landes

Despite the fact that my company is squarely within the financial sector, we have so far been immune to massive layoffs taking place around the country, particularly in this industry. While I have something to “fall back” on — and actually, in terms of pure numbers, I could probably do better by leaving my day […]

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Should Investors Who Profited From Madoff Scheme Return Their Money?

by Luke Landes

Consumerism Commentary readers: Please complete this readership survey for a chance to win a $50 Amazon.com gift card! It may be true that everyone who invested with Bernard Madoff without knowing the extent of his scheme was a victim, but some investors have profited from Madoff’s plan. For example, assume an investor gave $1 million […]

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2009 Economic Outlook from Jeremy Siegel

by Luke Landes

Jeremy Siegel, author of The Future for Investors and Stocks for the Long Run believes that the economic recovery will be faster than expected this year. Siegel has been criticized in the past for being overly optimistic, but he may be right considering stocks don’t have to perform well this year to improve over 2008. […]

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A Glimpse at Future Credit Card Statements

by Smithee

Every Tuesday, Smithee presents an article about his own experiences with credit cards and observations about the credit card industry. Back in mid-December we told you about some of the changes that would soon be enforced on credit card issuers, my favorite of which is a new layout and design to the statements so that […]

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Is it Time to Add a Significant National Gas Tax?

by Luke Landes

At the pump, gas prices are “low” now. Remember last May when Chrysler was offering a $2.99 gas guarantee while the price per gallon continued to climb towards $4.00? It seemed like a good deal at the time, but I was quite skeptical, thinking prices would eventually return and that Chrysler must have known that […]

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Carnival of Debt Reduction: Tips via Twitter Edition

by Luke Landes

Welcome to the Carnival of Debt Reduction, a traveling weekly roundup of the best articles in the blogosphere covering credit cards, consumer debt, mortgages, and the elimination thereof. Here is more information about the Carnival of Debt Reduction, founded by Mighty Bargain Hunter. Through this past week, many bloggers submitted articles to be featured in […]

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Visa Black Card Review

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. However, there is now a Black Card issued by MasterCard. Get full details and apply online here. Visa is introducing a new credit card catered to consumers who spend $50,000 or more a year. The Visa Black Card looks similar […]

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New Chase $100 Bonus Coupon for Checking Accounts, Expires February 27, 2009

by Luke Landes

Chase $100 Bonus Coupon for Checking Accounts I am not interested in opening a new checking account that requires either direct deposit or five or more debit card purchases each statement period. But if these terms sound good to you, and you have at least $100 ready for your first deposit, you will qualify for […]

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HSBC Direct Drops Interest Rate to 1.55% APY

by Luke Landes

HSBC Direct must have heard that I was planning to transfer some of my savings to the bank, which until yesterday had been offering 3.0 percent APY. Following other banks that lowered interest rates for the new year, HSBC dropped their interest rate 13 percent to 2.6 percent APY and is now 1.10 percent APY as of June 2010. […]

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3 Major Ways to Scrimp and Save in an Economic Recession

by Luke Landes

When the economy is growing and consumer confidence is high, it is common not to think twice about saving money and reducing expenses. If you are saving money every paycheck, investing in a 401(k) or other accounts for retirement, and spending less than you are earning there isn’t much motivation to reduce your expenses further. […]

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