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Wearing Many Hats: Specialism Vs. Generalism

by Luke Landes

Ron Howard, famous mostly for playing Richie Cunningham on the television program Happy Days, is one of the film industry’s most successful directors and producers, having been involved with a long list of films. He directed, among others, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, The DaVinci Code, Frost/Nixon, and Angels and Demons. I happened ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Reading: Board Games, the Spirit of the Holidays, and Perfection

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As I found myself flipping through the high-definition television channels earlier today, I came across a special that originally aired a few years ago,

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Podcast 35: Credit Cards, Debt, and Financial Planning With Jean Chatzky

by Luke Landes

Today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast features Jean Chatzky, financial editor for NBC’s Today Show and author of Pay It Down!: Debt-Free on $10 a Day. Tom Dziubek and Flexo speak with Jean Chatzky about credit cards, debt, and financial planning. Production Number: S02E09 Segment Numbers: 45 To listen, use the player above (Adobe ... Continue reading this article…

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How My Accountant Saved Me $15,000

by Luke Landes

It seems I have paid the government more than what was necessary over the past few years. When I first started earning money outside of my primary employer in 2004 or 2005, I assumed it would make the most sense to simply claim that income as self-employment income on Schedule C of the standard 1040 ... Continue reading this article…

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Review: Making the Most of Your Money Now by Jane Bryant Quinn

by Luke Landes

Author Jane Bryan Quinn took her massive personal finance book published in 1997 and revised and updated the information to create Making the Most of Your Money Now: The Classic Bestseller Completely Revised for the New Economy, which will be released on December 29, 2009. I got my hands on a copy of this 1,242 ... Continue reading this article…

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Are Values-Based and Socially-Responsible Investments Worthwhile?

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Yesterday, FaithShares added two new exchange-traded funds to their lineup, already consisting of funds called “Catholic Values,” “Christian Values,” and “Methodist Values.” These and the two new funds, “Baptist Values” and “Lutheran Values,” focus on investing in only those companies that live up to the values encouraged by each of these communities. It is more ... Continue reading this article…

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Bonuses Could Be Taxed at a Rate of 50%

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Last week I mentioned France would be seeing a new but insignificant tax on carbon emissions and considered the possibilities, including possible reactions, if a similar tax was initiated here in the United States. Both political sides are criticizing this tax and it’s not expected to be effective in terms of its goal of encouraging ... Continue reading this article…

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Announcement and Giveaway: The Plutus Awards

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One week from today, nominations will begin for The 2009 Plutus Awards, designed to honor and recommend the best in personal finance this past year. There are two parts to The Plutus Awards. The first focuses on the best products and services, like checking accounts and mobile finance applications. The second part focuses on blogs ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 34: Stocks as Gifts and New Staff Writer, Kelly Whalen

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The first guest on today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Dan Greenshields, President of ShareBuilder. Tom Dziubek speaks with Dan about giving stocks or other investments as gifts. Also featured on today’s Podcast is Consumerism Commentary’s staff writer, Kelly Whalen. Kelly, Flexo and Tom discuss Kelly’s background and her own website, The Centisble Life. Production Number: ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Reading: Negotiations, Cooking, and Happiness

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, I signed up for my second photography class, meeting every Saturday afternoon for eight weeks starting in January. I learned much from the first class I took last summer, and I have been looking for a more advanced class. My photography skills have a long way to go, and with what I consider two ... Continue reading this article…

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