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May 2009

Education Opportunities for the Unemployed

by Luke Landes

Although the latest figures indicate job loss is slowing, at 8.9 percent the unemployment rate is continuing to increase. Some unemployed individuals who want to take classes to build skills while looking for a job experience some roadblocks: Searching for work can be a full-time job. Finding time for all your responsibilities and desires can be ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 3: Credit Scores and the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights

by Luke Landes

In today’s podcast, Tom Dziubek talks with Ken Lin from Credit Karma about credit scores. Tom also talks about credit scores and the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act with MSN Money’s Liz Weston. To listen, use the player above (Adobe Flash required), download the podcast here, subscribe to the podcast RSS feed, or use ... Continue reading this article…

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Market Timing: You’re Doing it Wrong

by Luke Landes

A recent question-and-answer article from Money Magazine illustrates the problem with timing the market. While making money in the stock market is as “simple” as buying low and selling high, emotional reactions to the market often prevent that from being a feasible strategy. The question comes from an individual close to retirement, Heidi. She lost ... Continue reading this article…

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Books and eBooks by Personal Finance Bloggers

by Luke Landes

A number of bloggers who write about personal finance have branched into the world of print. Here are some of the latest offerings. Ramit from I Will Teach You To Be Rich has published a book by the same name. I reviewed the book back in March. Trent from The Simple Dollar has written a ... Continue reading this article…

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The Unownership Society

by Luke Landes

Seven years ago, when people I knew were buying houses they couldn’t afford with the philosophy that real estate prices always go up, and the go up fast, I was sitting on the sidelines. I had no money, no desire to settle down, and no belief that real estate in the form of home ownership ... Continue reading this article…

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The Money Tips Network

by Luke Landes

I’m happy to announce the formation of the new Money Tips Network, a conglomeration of a number of the best blogs focusing on personal finance and money. Consumerism Commentary has joined forces with these great blogs, and this group’s mission is to provide readers (and listeners) with with honest and helpful money tips. Why did ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 2: Recession-Proof Your Relationship and Mint’s New Features

by Luke Landes

In today’s podcast, Tom Dziubek talks with Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil about ensuring your marriage or relationship survives the recession. Tom also talks with Aaron Patzer, CEO of Mint, about the new financial advisory features released to beta testers. To listen, use the player above (Adobe Flash required), download the podcast here, subscribe to the ... Continue reading this article…

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Best of Consumerism Commentary, April 2009

by Luke Landes

Consumerism Commentary Podcast. During April, with the help of Tom Dziubek, a former podcaster from the Wall Street Journal, we launched the Consumerism Commentary Podcast. Tom and I will work to bring listeners interesting stories and interviews with people who matter in the world of personal finance. Last week, the first edition of the podcast ... Continue reading this article…

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Smithee’s Best Advice for Graduating Seniors

by Smithee

I’m not a financial planner, adviser, guru or anything of the sort. The reason I’m writing here today is because I screwed up big time. Fortunately for you, I think I’ve figured out where the mistake began. Recently I’ve been taking an informal poll of some of the people I would consider to be relatively ... Continue reading this article…

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What Percentage of Income Should Be Saved to Be Financially Responsible?

by Luke Landes

I’m pointing out a recent article featuring advice from Walter Updegrave, a senior editor of Money Magazine. Recently, he was asked to quantify the percentage of income that any individual should save in order for this particular action to be considered “financially responsible.” Normally, the advice I’ve seen suggests a rate somewhere between 10 percent and ... Continue reading this article…

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