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Financial Management Software: What are Your Needs and Wishes?

by Luke Landes

As I mentioned briefly, I was in San Francisco for a few days to meet with software developers and strategists from NetworthIQ, ExpensR, and MyStrands. The companies are working together to develop web-based personal finance management software, with the intention of meeting customers’ needs that are not met by Mint, Geezeo, Quicken Online, and others. ... Continue reading this article…

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I’m in San Francisco for a Few Days, So Read These Blogs

by Luke Landes

The people behind NetworthIQ and Expensr invited me and a few other bloggers to San Francisco for a workshop to discuss online financial management tools. At this invitation-only event, six bloggers have been asked to present their history and talk about blogging in general. The blogs to be showcased include Consumerism Commentary, Get Rich Slowly, ... Continue reading this article…

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Where Did You Come From, Where Did You Go (March 2008)

by Luke Landes

At the end of every month, I take a look at the source of visitors to Consumerism Commentary, and in March, there were a lot of readers. Don’t forget to stay up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed, which will inform everyone of new articles here. Consider, for example, adding Consumerism Commentary to My Yahoo. ... Continue reading this article…

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Thrasher Funds’ GendeX Mutual Fund: You Know, For Kids

by Luke Landes

Do investment companies need to market to “Generation X” and “Generation Y” differently than the general investing public? Would new, “hip” investment products encourage individuals falling within these particular demographics to care about their financial future? Thrasher Capital Management was founded on the principle that these markets, as well as minorities, are currently under served ... Continue reading this article…

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Good News if You’re in the Market for Buying a House

by Luke Landes

Earlier this week, a few real estate market survey results were announced in the media. This could be good news for house shoppers. In January, prices of homes on average were 11 percent lower than prices of homes at the same time last year. These results are based on the S&P Case/Shiller index, which collects actual ... Continue reading this article…

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Balance Transfer Fees on Chase Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

Credit cards simply are no longer offering the enticing deals in order to lure customers. Even though credit card companies have been willing to offer strong cash back rebates and introductory 0 percent APR deals, they’ve done so knowing that they can make up the loss through interest rates from defaulted customers and interchange fees. It ... Continue reading this article…

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Giveaway: $100 Gift Card for SmartyPig, a Unique Savings Account

by Luke Landes

The people at SmartyPig contacted me recently to offer a $100 gift card for use on their site to a Consumerism Commentary reader. SmartyPig has been mentioned on a few personal finance blogs recently, and here’s the deal. SmartyPig is a savings account, FDIC insured, currently earning 1.75 percent APY. Depositors’ funds are held by West ... Continue reading this article…

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My First Economic Stimulus Payment Notice Has Arrived

by Luke Landes

Over the weekend, I received a notification from the IRS about the economic stimulus. The notice isn’t personalized; it contains only general information about the new law. The text of the letter is straightforward. Rather than get into the details, particularly the facts that the law authorizes a new credit to 2008 income taxes and ... Continue reading this article…

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15 Families Hit Hard Recently: Time to Adjust Expectations?

by Luke Landes

CNN Money is featuring stories of 15 households that are facing dire financial straits thanks to the economic downturn. Even a rebate check this summer won’t go far to help these families. While some better decisions may have helped them prepare for the direct effects of a recession, hindsight is always 20/20. Here are the ... Continue reading this article…

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Study: Payday Loans Cause More Bankruptcies

by Luke Landes

A new study by researchers at Vanderbilt University Law School and University of Oxford reveals a strong correlation between approvals for payday loans and bankruptcy filings. Considering that people who are rejected for payday loans have other (limited) options for credit, it’s surprising that the rate of bankruptcy isn’t as high with this group. It’s ... Continue reading this article…

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