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Your TARP Money Put to Good Use

by Luke Landes

About the author: Jeff Rose is an Illinois Certified Financial Planner™ and co-founder of Alliance Investment Planning Group. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, having served in the National Guard. Warning: For those of you that have been laid off recently, received a pay cut due to the recent economic crisis or frustrated ... Continue reading this article…

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New Interest Rates at ING Direct, $25 Bonuses Still Available and Going Relatively Quickly

by Luke Landes

As of earlier today, ING Direct, one of my choices among the best high-yield online savings accounts, has lowered the interest rates offered on its savings and checking accounts. The bank has lowered the yield on its savings account from 2.5 percent to 2.4 percent APY, while the rates on the two upper tiers of the checking ... Continue reading this article…

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Good News for Retail: Presidential Merchandise

by Luke Landes

After a lackluster holiday season for the retail industry, one particular niche has seen good news recently. Sales of merchandise related to Barack Obama have been strong. Amazon.com has created an Inauguration Store to feature a number of presidential products available for sale. This is the most consumerized election in recent memory, but it’s understandable. ... Continue reading this article…

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Keep Your Job Amidst Layoffs

by Luke Landes

Despite the fact that my company is squarely within the financial sector, we have so far been immune to massive layoffs taking place around the country, particularly in this industry. While I have something to “fall back” on — and actually, in terms of pure numbers, I could probably do better by leaving my day ... Continue reading this article…

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Consumerism Commentary Readers Have Earned $9,000

by Luke Landes

I’ve posted a new batch of $25 bonus links for new ING Direct customers. When you open a new account with one of these links, the Consumerism Commentary reader who provided the link will also receive a $10 bonus. So far, Consumerism Commentary readers and visitors have earned about $9,000 from these links. Keep in ... Continue reading this article…

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Should Investors Who Profited From Madoff Scheme Return Their Money?

by Luke Landes

Consumerism Commentary readers: Please complete this readership survey for a chance to win a $50 Amazon.com gift card! It may be true that everyone who invested with Bernard Madoff without knowing the extent of his scheme was a victim, but some investors have profited from Madoff’s plan. For example, assume an investor gave $1 million ... Continue reading this article…

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2009 Economic Outlook from Jeremy Siegel

by Luke Landes

Jeremy Siegel, author of The Future for Investors and Stocks for the Long Run believes that the economic recovery will be faster than expected this year. Siegel has been criticized in the past for being overly optimistic, but he may be right considering stocks don’t have to perform well this year to improve over 2008. ... Continue reading this article…

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Wal-Mart: Consumers Have Shifted Fundamentally To Frugality

by Luke Landes

When Wal-Mart announced that it will be lowering its expectations for the year, the CEO believes that this country is experiencing a “fundamental shift in spending,” in which consumers have adopted frugality as a way of life. There is no fundamental shift. Any widespread frugality we are currently experiencing in the United States is temporary. ... Continue reading this article…

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Is it Time to Add a Significant National Gas Tax?

by Luke Landes

Consumerism Commentary readers: Please complete this readership survey for a chance to win a $50 Amazon.com gift card! At the pump, gas prices are “low” now. Remember last May when Chrysler was offering a $2.99 gas guarantee while the price per gallon continued to climb towards $4.00? It seemed like a good deal at the ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival of Debt Reduction: Tips via Twitter Edition

by Luke Landes

Welcome to the Carnival of Debt Reduction, a traveling weekly roundup of the best articles in the blogosphere covering credit cards, consumer debt, mortgages, and the elimination thereof. Here is more information about the Carnival of Debt Reduction, founded by Mighty Bargain Hunter. Through this past week, many bloggers submitted articles to be featured in ... Continue reading this article…

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