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October 2009

Podcast 25: Sandra Hanna, Smart Cookies and Neal Frankle, Wealth Pilgrim

by Luke Landes

Today’s podcast features Sandra Hanna, the “savvy spender” among the Smart Cookies. Smart Cookies is a television program on the W Network. Sandra is one of five hosts on the show. Each with their own specialty offers financial makeovers. The Smart Cookies have also written a book, The Smart Cookies’ Guide to Making More Dough ... Continue reading this article…

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TV Ad Volume May Finally Be Moderated

by Smithee

This is something I’ve wanted to see happen for my entire life. I never thought it would, and I’m only mildly political so I never pushed for it, but we may see a new law that says a TV commercial can’t be “louder than the program it accompanies”, nor can it be “excessively noisy or ... Continue reading this article…

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Friday Discussion: The Need for and Cost of Health Care Reform

by Luke Landes

I visit a doctor once a year at the most, and I hardly require prescription medicine. The cost of my health insurance premium is about $800 this year for my HMO plan. My employer pays a larger percentage of the total premium, but the prices increase each year by a percentage much higher than inflation. ... Continue reading this article…

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Overkill At the United States Mint With New Coin Designs

by Luke Landes

In 1909, the U.S. Mint decided to honor assassinated President Abraham Lincoln by putting his likeness on the obverse of the lowest denominated coin in regular circulation, the cent. This new design, introduced for the centennial anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, replaced the “Indian head” cent. The model for this design was most likely not a ... Continue reading this article…

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Learning and Saving

by Jeff

There are a lot of things in the world I know nothing about. Not knowing about something can be very expensive. Allow me to illustrate… The brake light came on in our car a couple of weeks ago, and we started looking around at different places we could have them checked. We were a bit ... Continue reading this article…

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How is Your 401(k) Retirement Account Performing?

by Luke Landes

I’ve been investing in a 401(k) retirement account since I joined the ranks of the corporate employed seven years ago. I started with a small percentage of my income, just enough to take advantage of the full company match. As my income increased, I diverted a larger percentage to the 401(k) with the hopes of ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Prepare for the Demise of the Dollar

by Luke Landes

Since the middle of the twentieth century, the U.S. dollar has been the currency that has dominated the world. Governments have held dollars in reserve, and borrowed dollars when necessary, because this currency can buy just about anything, anywhere. In particular, dollars can easily buy oil, a commodity currently necessary for the progress of developed ... Continue reading this article…

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The Pareto Principle: When to Apply, When to Ignore

by Luke Landes

In the late nineteenth century, an economist named Vilfredo Pareto noticed that 80 percent of the land in Italy was owned by 20 percent of the population. About a half century later, a management consultant named Joseph Juran discovered Paerto’s observation and developed the concept of “the vital few and the trivial many,” and used what came ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 24: Unconventional Path to Becoming a Millionaire

by Luke Landes

Our guest on today’s podcast is Jen Smith, the “Millionaire Mommy Next Door.” By age 40, Jen had become a self-made millionaire and she and her husband are now financially independent, stay-at-home parents. In our interview, Jen describes her path from minimum-wage jobs to financial freedom. Jen has appeared on The Montel Show and shares ... Continue reading this article…

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Facial Recognition and Billboards

by Smithee

I have a fascinated/disgusted relationship with targeted advertisements. On one hand, I’ve seen enough Playtex commercials in my lifetime that I could probably draw you their logo from memory, and I’ve never been in the position to decide, “should I buy the Playtex version, or a different brand?” All those ads in my face have ... Continue reading this article…

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Is It Possible to Save Too Much Money?

by Luke Landes

For most humans, life is much shorter than we would like, and for many of us saving even ten percent of our income will never result in a state of wealth within our lifetime. There are too many forces working against this endeavor: a lack of sufficient opportunity, inflation, and unplanned events to name a ... Continue reading this article…

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Changes in Estate Tax Law Affect When People Die

by Luke Landes

Between March 1917 and January 1984, there have been thirteen major changes in the rules for the estate tax, a tax paid by heirs for wealth inherited. Of these thirteen changes, eight were tax increases and five were tax decreases. In 2001, A study by the University of British Columbia and the University of Michigan ... Continue reading this article…

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Be Financially Proactive

by Jeff

Before I got married, I was never really vocal about problems I had with companies. If the food I ordered at a restaurant was the wrong order, I usually wouldn’t say anything. If I had extra fees in my checking account at the end of the month, I’d chalk it up to coincidence and think ... Continue reading this article…

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