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Early Morning Roundup: Journeyman

by Luke Landes

I’m disappointed that the NBC television show Journeyman has been canceled. Last night’s final episode seemed like the writers rushed to close the storyline. I’m probably just a sci-fi geek, but despite a first-impression resemblance to NBC’s Quantum Leap (and more resemblance to classic science fiction literature), I found the show to be quite unique ... Continue reading this article…

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Emigrant Direct Interest Drops to 4.65% APY

by Luke Landes

Emigrant Direct dropped the interest rate on its savings account today from 4.75 percent to 4.65 percent annual percentage yield. I’ve updated the list of current checking and savings account rates to reflect the change.

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UPS Stealth Delivery

by Luke Landes

Last week, I ordered some new high definition audio/video cables and an HDMI powered switch to prepare for the Blu-Ray player I’ll be receiving as I spend Christmas with my girlfriend’s family. I placed the order with, and I expected the delivery yesterday. As I normally do, often without thinking, I directed the cables ... Continue reading this article…

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Teaching Children Practical Money Lessons: Investing

by Luke Landes

Last week, I wrote about a family that has a hard time saying no to the children when it comes to fulfilling the kids’ material desires. There were a number of suggestions in the article and the discussion on Consumerism Commentary with thoughts about how such a family could impart healthier financial values. A recent ... Continue reading this article…

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Early Morning Roundup: Old Maps

by Luke Landes

It may be kind of a cliché of sorts, but I like old maps. Hand-designed cartography may not be considered art by anyone who knows anything about art (and I do), but there is something about the lines and the underlying vision of the world before satellite imagery that I find attractive. On my living ... Continue reading this article…

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ING Direct Lowered Commissions for ShareBuilder Accounts

by Luke Landes

Last month, ING Direct acquired ShareBuilder, a discount online brokerage. The two companies seem to make a good pair, so I think it was a good move for the company. ShareBuilder has now lowered the commission charged for real-time trades to $9.95. Automatic investments, orders which are grouped together with many customers and executed as ... Continue reading this article…

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Chase TravelPlus Visa Card: 0% APR for 12 Months

by Luke Landes

I’ve updated several recent credit card articles to include information on the Chase TravelPlus Visa Card.

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Online Banking is Safe

by Luke Landes

I know people who are still nervous about online banking, particularly with banks that have no major offline presence. Part of me wants them to embrace the future in which we live and get with the times. However, I understand it’s a slow and cautious process for many people, especially when there’s a level of ... Continue reading this article…

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Roth 401(k): It’s Official

by Luke Landes

As I mentioned recently, I am now eligible to participate in my company’s Roth 401(k). I spent some time yesterday to adjust my 25 percent pre-tax 401(k) contribution in order to take advantage of this offer. Even though the calculator I mentioned earlier told me I’d likely benefit the most from depositing my full contribution to ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival of Personal of Finance is Up!

by Luke Landes

Check out the latest edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance at Get Rich Slowly. In addition to the editor’s picks and my submission, take a look at Index Funds vs. ETFs, Call Comcast and Save on Your Cable Bill, Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 18, and all of the public domain ... Continue reading this article…

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