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Marriott Rewards Credit Card Review

by Luke Landes

The small percentage of people who optimize their credit card rewards require using specific credit cards for specific types of purchases. Maximizing these rewards requires willpower, and possibly at least ten different cards. One travel rewards card would be used to book flights and pay for other travel expenses, one gas rewards card would be ... Continue reading this article…

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Gold and Silver Officially Currency in Utah

by Luke Landes

There’s good news for currency purists in Utah. If a shopper is so inclined, she could use gold and silver coins to make purchases. Technically, that has always been the case, but now there is a law on the books that makes it clear. There is a slight problem with this idea, however. The legal ... Continue reading this article…

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Working With a Financial Adviser: Demystifying Certifications

by Luke Landes

This is a series on finding, selecting, and working with financial advisers or planners. Recently, I evaluated the types of financial professionals to help readers start on the right track. This article looks at the varied professional designations and certifications. With a number of organizations granting different types of financial certifications, it’s easy to get ... Continue reading this article…

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Charles Schwab Acquiring OptionsXpress

by Luke Landes

I’m not surprised that smaller trading firms attract the attention of the larger brokerages and banks. ING Direct acquired ShareBuilder (see my ShareBuilder review) in 2007. Today, OptionsXpress (see my OptionsXpress review) has announced that it will be acquired by Charles Schwab for $1 billion. OptionsXpress is one of the best discount brokerages, offering low ... Continue reading this article…

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How Much is True Love Worth?

by Luke Landes

Matchmaking is a big business, particularly when the matchmaking services are geared towards the wealthy. With these services, women join for free, and men pay hefty fees to be matched with these women. This is a one-sided arrangement, but it is based on the demographics of the clientele; for the most part, the dynamics follow ... Continue reading this article…

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Other Community Projects and Interests

by Luke Landes

When I’m not busy with Consumerism Commentary, I have a small window for working on other projects. Most of these have stemmed from Consumerism Commentary or focus on the personal finance community, but every so often I get a chance to focus on my other interests. Here are some of the other projects I work ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 101: The Squeaky Wheel, Guy Winch

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Dr. Guy Winch, author of The Squeaky Wheel: Complaining the Right Way to Get Results, Improve Your Relationships and Enhance Self-Esteem. Guy received his doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University in 1991 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in family and couples therapy at NYU Medical ... Continue reading this article…

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Should We Eliminate the U.S. Postal Service?

by Luke Landes

I don’t bother checking my mailbox every day. Most of the paper mail I receive is junk, and I’m sure the same is true for most households. Unlike Gmail, I can’t create an automated filter to organize my paper mail, and there is no built-in junk-mail screen. As a result, 95 percent of what I receive ... Continue reading this article…

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Ink Plus℠ with Ultimate Rewards℠ $100 Bonus Cash Back

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: This limited-time offer has expired. One of the more difficult credit cards to be approved for is a small business credit card. Many small businesses that are just starting out don’t have the credit necessary to be approved for a high-end credit card. Therefore, small business owners often need to put their personal ... Continue reading this article…

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Potential Doctors Attracted to Primary Care Physician Jobs

by Luke Landes

The Health Insurance Reform Bill was signed into law a year ago. It’s already having an effect on the state of the medical profession. Thanks to some incentives, general practitioners or family doctors, typically the best choices when one is selecting a primary care physician, are becoming attractive jobs. It’s easy to see why, for ... Continue reading this article…

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