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April 2011

Florida’s Beach Property Boom: A Real Estate Lesson

by Dr. Dean Burke

This is a guest article by Dr. Dean Burke, author of The Millionaire Nurse Blog. Many years ago, someone I knew was fascinated with the real estate market in Florida, and he set up an investment company to allow others to invest through him. He promised his investors 20 percent returns. Needless to say, I didn’t […]

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The Zombies Are Here and They’re Hungry… For Your Personal Finances

by Jeremy Simon

This is a guest article by Jeremy M. Simon, a reporter and columnist for CreditCards.com. He is a blogger at Taking Charge. They’re lumbering toward you, their eyes dead and arms outstretched. And they’re hungry. No, personal finance readers, I’m not talking about debt collectors: I’m talking about zombies, which over the past several years […]

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Escape by Discover Card Review

by Luke Landes

I’ve covered many of Discover’s cash back opportunities, but I haven’t written about some of the other credit cards they offer to consumers. Discover also produces a wide variety of student credit cards and points rewards credit cards. Their most prominent travel rewards credit card is the Escape by Discover® Card. This card has a […]

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5 Legitimate Work-From-Home Options

by Michael

This is a guest article by Michael, chief editor of DoughRoller.net. DoughRoller.net helps consumers figure out the best Netflix plans for their home movie experiences. There is a lot of bad information online about working from home, with scammy and spammy websites offering ideas about quick ways to make money without doing much work — […]

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Working With a Financial Adviser: How to Show Up Prepared

by RJ Weiss

This is a guest article by RJ Weiss, one of the youngest Certified Financial Planners at the age of 26 and the founder of the blog Gen Y Wealth. You can download his free Financial Freedom Blueprint to create your own financial plan. RJ Weiss is contributing to Consumerism Commentary’s series on finding and working […]

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The Budget Deficit and Debt: Is the Government Like a Household?

by Luke Landes

Financial experts tell families to “spend less than they earn” and “don’t pay interest to borrow money.” The government does the opposite, running a budget deficit and paying billions of taxpayer dollars every year in interest payments. There is no question that deficit spending by the federal government is a problem. Or is there? There’s […]

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The Good Side of Stocks’ Lost Decade

by Rob Bennett

This is a guest article by Rob Bennett, a personal finance journalist and author of the blog A Rich Life. Rob developed the Passion Saving approach to money management; Passion Savers save not to finance their old-age retirements but to enjoy more freedom and opportunity in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. Most view the […]

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Podcast 104: Financial Literacy Month

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Kim McGrigg, Manager of Community and Media Relations for Money Management International (MMI), which is sponsoring Financial Literacy Month. MMI is the largest nonprofit, full-service credit counseling agency in the United States. Consumerism Commentary Podcast #104 Financial Literacy Month: S04E26 / 128 Download – RSS – iTunes […]

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Working With Financial Planners and Advisers

by Luke Landes
Financial Blueprint

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a series of articles about working with financial planners and advisers. The information about this aspect of the financial industry can be confusing, considering the variety of certifications, similar-sounding services, and hidden agendas. The first thing to consider is whether to work with a financial planner […]

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Best Return on Investment for Bachelor’s Degrees

by Luke Landes

Since a college degree is the baseline for most middle-class jobs for people not yet old enough to have equivalent experience, and getting that experience in the first place would be difficult without a college degree, it always surprises me that people question the value of getting a college degree at all. While it’s true […]

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