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November 2009

The Madoff Name Premium

by Luke Landes

On Saturday, an auction in New York featured items once owned by Bernard Madoff. The auction raised over $900,000, beating expectations. Once combined with proceeds from another auction later this week, it’s likely that this money will go to investors who were burned by Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Here are some of the items that received […]

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Podcast 30: Nick Corcodilos, Ask the Headhunter

by Luke Landes

The guest on today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Nick Corcodilos, author of Ask the Headhunter: Reinventing the Interview to Win the Job and How to Work With Heahunters. Nick is the founder of the website Ask the Headhunter where he offers advice about job hunting. Today, Tom Dziubek and Nick Corcodilos discuss the job of […]

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How to Spend Smarter This Holiday Season

by Kelly Whalen

Over the next couple of weeks, six finalists will be auditioning for the opening of “staff writer” at Consumerism Commentary. Each will be providing two guest articles to share with readers. After the six writers have shared their guest articles, readers will have an opportunity to provide feedback before we select the staff writer. This […]

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Ally Bank Increases Interest Rate to 1.64% APY

by Luke Landes

While most banks are still lowering their interest rates, Ally Bank increased its rate today, November 13, 2009, to 1.64 percent APY. Although the rate is up, it is only 0.09 percentage points higher than the rate of 1.55 percent last month, the lowest rate from Ally Bank or GMAC Bank since I started watching interest rates […]

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Federal Reserve Issues New Rules for Overdraft Fees

by Luke Landes

With Congress threatening to create new consumer protection agencies to protect the public from customer-unfriendly banking practices, the Federal Reserve stepped in today to prove it is still relevant and involved with banking regulation. The Fed announced that as of July 1, 2010 for new bank accounts or August 15, 2010 for existing accounts, banks […]

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Lifestyle Creep and the Self-Employed

by V.C. McGuire

Over the next couple of weeks, six finalists will be auditioning for the opening of “staff writer” at Consumerism Commentary. Each will be providing two guest articles to share with readers. After the six writers have shared their guest articles, readers will have an opportunity to provide feedback before we select the staff writer. This […]

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4 Reasons Why You Should Read Your Bill Every Month

by Ray

Over the next couple of weeks, six finalists will be auditioning for the opening of “staff writer” at Consumerism Commentary. Each will be providing two guest articles to share with readers. After the six writers have shared their guest articles, readers will have an opportunity to provide feedback before we select the staff writer. This […]

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Reader Question: Can You Write “See ID” Rather Than Signing Your Credit Card?

by Luke Landes

I can’t remember the last time I’ve signed the back of a credit card, and I use my credit cards (one for personal travel and big expenses, one for all other personal expenses, and one for business expenses) almost every day. It has never caused me any problems with cashiers; at the most, I might […]

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The Trouble With Target Date Funds

by J.J.

Over the next couple of weeks, six finalists will be auditioning for the opening of “staff writer” at Consumerism Commentary. Each will be providing two guest articles to share with readers. After the six writers have shared their guest articles, readers will have an opportunity to provide feedback before we select the staff writer. This […]

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“What Works For You” Can Be a Trap

by Luke Landes

One of my favorite bloggers, and likely one of yours, is J.D. Roth. He has been writing about personal finance at Get Rich Slowly for some time now, and I was a fan of his writing at foldedspace when “blog” was still a new word. He is working on a book now, which I can’t […]

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