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2013

Calvin, July 2013 Net Worth

by Luke Landes
Calvin's Net Worth July 2013 - Naked With Cash

In Naked With Cash, seven anonymous Consumerism Commentary readers publicly track and analyze their finances on a monthly basis. For almost a decade, I tracked my own finances on Consumerism Commentary; now I’m sharing the benefits of public accountability with the participants. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. ... Continue reading this article…

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SteveDH, July 2013 Net Worth

by Luke Landes
SteveDH Naked With Cash Net Worth, July 2013

In Naked With Cash, seven anonymous Consumerism Commentary readers publicly track and analyze their finances on a monthly basis. For almost a decade, I tracked my own finances on Consumerism Commentary; now I’m sharing the benefits of public accountability with the participants. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. ... Continue reading this article…

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Anonymous S, July 2013 Net Worth

by Luke Landes
Anonymous S Net Worth July 2013

In Naked With Cash, seven anonymous Consumerism Commentary readers publicly track and analyze their finances on a monthly basis. For almost a decade, I tracked my own finances on Consumerism Commentary; now I’m sharing the benefits of public accountability with the participants. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. ... Continue reading this article…

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Should College Graduates Pay Back Parents’ Loans?

by Luke Landes
University of Delaware

This month, the Naked With Cash participants and financial professionals are discussing education, primarily paying for and planning for college, whether it involves paying back their own loans, funding their own education, or saving for their kids’ future college expenses. In August, colleges across the country begin their fall semesters, so it’s a great time ... Continue reading this article…

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JW, July 2013 Net Worth

by Luke Landes
JW Naked With Cash Net Worth

In Naked With Cash, seven anonymous Consumerism Commentary readers publicly track and analyze their finances on a monthly basis. For almost a decade, I tracked my own finances on Consumerism Commentary; now I’m sharing the benefits of public accountability with the participants. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. ... Continue reading this article…

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Anne and Matt, July 2013 Net Worth

by Luke Landes
Anne and Matt Net Worth, July 2013

In the series Naked With Cash, seven Consumerism Commentary readers share their financial progress on a monthly basis. They are joined by Certified Financial Planners who provide feedback on their journey. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. This month, the participants are discussing education, where applicable. Anne and Matt are twenty-seven years ... Continue reading this article…

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Is Your Unpaid Internship Illegal?

by Luke Landes
Printer

In certain fields, internships allow younger people in the formative stages of their careers get experience with major companies, make connections with influential people in later stages of their careers, figure out if their career goals are worth the effort, and possibly put themselves in a position to be hired full-time for the company that ... Continue reading this article…

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GE Capital Bank Online Savings Account: I Was Declined

by Luke Landes
GE Capital Bank

This article started as a regular review of an online savings account. I’ve written many of these for Consumerism Commentary over the years, and I’ve always followed a similar process: I open a new account in my own name, naturally, I link the account to an existing account of mine, I transfer money into the ... Continue reading this article…

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PerkStreet’s Closing Signals Danger for Rewards Debit Cards

by Luke Landes
PerkStreet Closing

If you have been a customer of PerkStreet, you joined to take advantage of the company’s debit card rewards program, and had accrued rewards as of August 12, you just got screwed, to put it bluntly. PerkStreet is closing, the company canceled their rewards program, and the company will not be paying out any accumulated ... Continue reading this article…

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A New Jersey College Invests in Poor Communities and Provides Free Tuition

by Luke Landes
Rutgers cheerleader

Low-income families have to deal with priorities other than education. With the increasing expense of college, children in these families rarely view college enrollment and attendance as an option. Degrees are out of reach. Often, the children fall into the category of those who are not encouraged to pursue bachelor’s degrees — after all, for ... Continue reading this article…

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Capital One 360 Customer Service: Unsolved Issue With Customer’s Mortgage

by Luke Landes
Capital One 360

When Capital One purchased ING Direct and ultimately rebranded the bank as “Capital One 360,” long-time customers of the online bank asked the same questions. Would Capital One continue ING Direct’s tradition of competitive rates and excellent customer service? Not everyone’s experience with ING Direct has been perfect, but overall, the bank was as beloved ... Continue reading this article…

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Debit Card Swipe Fees Could Shrink, But Will Banks Punish Consumers?

by Luke Landes
Debit card swipe fees

It’s the lobby of retailers versus the lobby of retail banks. Retailers claimed a small victory recently when a U.S. District Court struck down a rule that capped debit card swipe fees at about $0.24 a transaction. The original cap proposed by the Federal Reserve was $0.12 but as the Federal Reserve operates more for ... Continue reading this article…

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What Happens When Companies Pay Employees the Best Salaries

by Luke Landes
Cubicle

I worked at a non-profit organization for a few years, and the employee turnover at that company was frightening. This particular group attracted young adults right out of college, like myself, who believe in the mission, work hard, settle for nothing short of excellence, and are willing to sacrifice personally for the good of the ... Continue reading this article…

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Advice From 1871 on How to Succeed in Business and Get Wealthy

by Luke Landes
ladies

There may be only about six stories in personal finance, but those stories seem to endure the passing of time. Good storytellers can breathe new life into the same old financial advice, and great communicators can introduce world-weary concepts to those who might need to hear them for the first time. While looking for information ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Order Your Free Chex Systems Report

by Luke Landes
ChexSystems - Free Annual Checking Account Report

Chex Systems is a private database that tracks consumers’ behavior with checking accounts. The company that owns the database, Fidelity National Information Services (no relations to Fidelity Investments), is, among other things, a credit reporting agency. Therefore, customers whose activities have been tracked in Chex Systems have some rights, like customers whose credit is reported ... Continue reading this article…

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Many Low-Income Families Can’t Use Mainstream Banking Even If They Wanted

by Luke Landes
Bank

I’ve written previously about many different reasons households, particularly those in locations where families typically have low incomes and those in areas where certain minorities constitute a majority of households, are more likely to take advantage of the high-cost alternative banking system including payday loans and check-cashing storefronts. For example, traditional banks find it difficult ... Continue reading this article…

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Calvin, June 2013 Net Worth

by Luke Landes
Calvin Net Worth, June 2013, Naked With Cash

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on Consumerism Commentary where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. Calvin is in his early 40s, earning a salary of $120,000 ... Continue reading this article…

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Kathleen, June 2013 Net Worth

by Luke Landes
Kathleen Net Worth, June 2013, Naked With Cash

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on Consumerism Commentary where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. Kathleen is thirty-one years old, single, and living in Portland, Oregon. ... Continue reading this article…

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The Words You Choose: Are Certain Expenses “Investments?”

by Luke Landes
Words

Earlier today, Naked With Cash participant Anonymous S offered his latest financial update. He noted in June how after moving into a new apartment, he increased his credit card spending to pay for new household furnishings. He’s been calling this spending an “investment.” Our Certified Financial Planner, Roger Wohlner, offered the same feedback I would ... Continue reading this article…

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Anonymous S, June 2013 Net Worth

by Luke Landes
Anonymous S, Naked With Cash, Net Worth June 2013

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on Consumerism Commentary where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. Anonymous S is a 24-year-old engineer earning $67,000 a year plus ... Continue reading this article…

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