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Consumer Reports’ Best Cars of 2010

by Luke Landes

When Consumer Reports tests new cars, their staff shop just like consumers. They stop into dealerships and buy cars without giving any indication they intend to test the cars for a major magazine. Rather than receiving specially tuned or improved vehicles, the magazine takes to its test center the same cars ordinary shoppers would buy. ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 45: Gary Belsky, Behavioral Economics

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Gary Belsky, author of the book Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes and How to Correct Them: Lessons from the Life-Changing Science of Behavioral Economics and Editor-In-Chief of ESPN the Magazine. Gary and Tom Dziubek discuss behavioral economics and how understanding how we make decisions involving ... Continue reading this article…

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Raise, Bonus, and Weekend Reading

by Luke Landes

Along with tracking my finances on Consumerism Commentary, I also mention when the situation at my day job changes. For example, two years ago I successfully posted for a higher-level vacancy in my department (as expected). Last year I mentioned when I received a lower annual bonus and raise than I would have liked. I’ve ... Continue reading this article…

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Quicken Essentials for Mac Released Today

by Luke Landes

Today, Intuit officially launched the first new version of Quicken for Mac in years. I do not own an Apple computer, so I have not seen this software for myself. I do know from reading many reviews that the Mac versions of Quicken in the past have lagged in quality behind the equivalent Windows-based software. ... Continue reading this article…

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Take a New Inventory of Your Credit Cards or Pay New Fees

by Luke Landes

I’m growing more concerned about my relationship with credit card issuers. We’ve been getting along mostly well for several years. I charge many of my expenses, pay my bills on time, collect some rewards, and they don’t levy any additional fees. These companies are certainly making money off of me through the interchange fees they ... Continue reading this article…

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Vote for Your Favorite Financial Products and Blogs

by Luke Landes

Earlier this year, the personal finance blogging community nominated their favorite products, services, and blogs to be considered for a new annual awards ceremony, The Plutus Awards. (The name comes from the relatively unknown ancient Greek god of wealth, Plutus.) These awards are designed to celebrate the best in personal finance. I’ve been working on ... Continue reading this article…

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How To Handle Requests For Financial Advice

by Luke Landes

I don’t have to remind myself that I’m not an expert when it comes to money. While my choices have improved over the past few years, I still make mistakes at about the same rate I always have. Even recently, I thought I could outsmart the public and take advantage of Toyota’s recent bad news. ... Continue reading this article…

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Reader Poll: Proposal to Lower Retirement Age

by Luke Landes

Dennis Kucinich is floating a proposal around the Senate which would create a six-month period in which anyone age 60 can retire voluntarily and receive partial Social Security benefits. This is a $15 billion bill funded by the bailout and stimulus. Kucinich estimates that by offering retirement two years early, a million workers will leave ... Continue reading this article…

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New Credit Card Rules Take Effect Today

by Luke Landes

May 22, 2009 seems like ages ago. That is the date that the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act became a law, changing the way credit card issuers interact with their customers. As of today, this law is now fully in effect. The new regulations are designed to help protect consumers from practices ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 44: Tax Tips for Big Life Changes

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Bob Meighan, CPA and Vice President of Consumer Advocacy at TurboTax. Bob and Tom Dziubek discuss income tax tips related to big life changes such as getting married, buying a home, having or adopting a child and changing jobs. Production Number: S02E18 Segment Number: 61 To listen, ... Continue reading this article…

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