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Getting Your Finances On Track In 2008

by Luke Landes

In the next few days, I plan on reviewing my 2007 progress against my goals. However, I need to start thinking about 2008 before I have a chance to compile all the data. One of my biggest plans is to save a higher portion of my income. 2007 was a spend-heavy year for me, and ... Continue reading this article…

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Christmas Day Roundup

by Luke Landes

To those who celebrate it, Merry Christmas! Here are some articles I’ve found recently that you might enjoy. AllFinancialMatters suggests the top 8 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Wallet. Since most people fail at financial New Year’s Resolutions, many within the first month, I suggest taking a different approach if financial changes are ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The latest Carnival of Personal Finance is now online, hosted at the wonderful silicon valley blog about money, personal pinance, geeks and cyberspace, The Digerati Life, interspersed with beautiful holiday art and artifacts. My preview of the new Quicken Online was included in the Editor’s Picks, as well as other fine articles from the blogosphere. ... Continue reading this article…

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People Fail at Financial New Year’s Resolutions

by Luke Landes

As the end of the year draws near, it’s a widespread custom for individuals to make internal promises, and call these promises “New Year’s resolutions.” The end of the year is a good time to look back on the past twelve months and determine what aspects of life did not live up to expectations and ... Continue reading this article…

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Ignore the Inflation Rate

by Luke Landes

Forget what the government tells you about the inflation rate, known to economists as the CPI. The CPI may come into play when dealing with economical issues, but don’t expect your real expenses to increase at a rate nearly as low as the rate quoted by officials. First of all, the CPI doesn’t include food ... Continue reading this article…

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Bonus Offers for American Express Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

For anyone looking to apply for a new credit card there are a few offers from American Express with sign-up bonuses. American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card The American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card is offering 25,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Other card features ... Continue reading this article…

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2008 Roth IRA: Lump Sum or Dollar Cost Average?

by Luke Landes

The last contribution to my 2007 Roth IRA was invested last Monday. Ever since my first Roth IRA several years ago, I’ve been maximizing the contribution each year by automatically investing equal amounts twice each month. One reason for using that technique, usually known as “dollar cost averaging” was to reduce risk. With the market ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Roundup: Met My Charity Goal

by Luke Landes

In October, I mentioned that time was running out for achieving the goals I set for charitable giving. Last year, I set a goal to give $1,000 or $2,000 to charity in 2007. I was having some trouble choosing the organization to which I’d contribute, and ended up sending support to a few programs identified ... Continue reading this article…

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Presidential Bank Lowers Rates on Savings and Checking

by Luke Landes

Another day, another interest rate change. Consumerism Commentary reader Brian wrote in to let us know that Presidential Bank lowered its interest offered on the savings account to 4.4 percent APY and 3.5 percent APY on the checking account.

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The New Quicken Online: A New Direction for Money Management Software

by Luke Landes

The other day, I participated in a preview of the new Quicken Online product, scheduled to launch on January 8. This new product is intended to compete with some of the existing money management web tools currently existing, like Mint, reviewed by Sasha here, Geezeo, and Wesabe. Intuit has spotted a need for a more ... Continue reading this article…

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