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Updated List of Savings and Checking Account Rates

by Luke Landes

Many banks have updated interest rates on high-yield savings accounts in the last few weeks. I’ve updated the interest yields listed here. Thanks to a reader who emailed me to let me know about UFB Direct’s latest rate drop.

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Put Your Savings in Hyperdrive, Part 5: Hide Your Savings From Yourself

by Luke Landes

Over the past week, I’ve been sharing some ideas for taking your savings to the next level. Try to take advantage of high-yield savings accounts while you sill can. With the economy in bad condition, it’s likely the Federal Reserve is going to lower the target interest rate, which will mean lower interest rates for ... Continue reading this article…

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ING Direct Tax Forms Available Now

by Luke Landes

I just checked my ING Direct savings account and noticed that the bank has its customers’ tax forms ready to download now. Banks are required to generate 1099-INT forms, which report the amount of interest earned, for anyone who has accumulated more than $10 in interest throughout the year. I love the convenience of obtaining ... Continue reading this article…

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A Case of Really Bad Timing

by Luke Landes

At the end of 2007, I contributed $5,000 to a Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund that I created for myself to distribute to non-profit organizations later, once I selected a cause to support. This was a case of really bad timing; since then my account’s value has dropped 6 percent. Suddenly, I have $300 less to donate ... Continue reading this article…

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Hedging Bets on Blu-Ray But Still Disappointed (and Blog Roundup)

by Luke Landes

Last year, I decided to become a “late early adopter” by taking the jump to high-definition entertainment. I upgraded my equipment, including a Toshiba HD DVD player. While cognizant of the HD format wars, I went ahead with HD DVD because the equipment was better priced for the mass market. I thought thought that due ... Continue reading this article…

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Put Your Savings in Hyperdrive, Part 4: The Expensive Coffee-Related Drink Factor

by Luke Landes

I’m on a quest to determine a number of financial moves that will accelerate savings beyond the typical snail’s pace. I’ve written so far about opening a high-yield account, keeping your change creatively, and automatic your savings. These are all basic concepts that can be applied in interesting ways with a little bit of attention. ... Continue reading this article…

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Inflation Watch: Consumer Prices Rose 4.1% in 2007

by Luke Landes

If you perceived a painful sting each time you opened a wallet in a grocery store or at a gas station last year, it wasn’t just you. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has informed the public that the Consumer Price Index for 2007 is 4.1 percent, the highest inflation rate since 1990. The increase is due ... Continue reading this article…

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The Mole on Lump Sum vs. Dollar Cost Averaging

by Luke Landes

Recently, I asked whether I should fund my Roth IRA in one lump sum or dollar cost average throughout the year. It’s unlikely that I’ll qualify to fund a Roth IRA this year, so now this question is moot. Regardless, Money Magazine’s “The Mole,” an anonymous financial adviser insider, tackled this question (though with an ... Continue reading this article…

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Put Your Savings in Hyperdrive, Part 3: Automate Your Savings

by Luke Landes

If you’ve ever run from one point to another, you’re probably aware that there is a limit to your speed. With “analog” equipment like the bones, muscles, joints and tendons in your legs and feet, there are physical limitations that prevent you from going too fast. Don’t worry. Thanks to recent inventions, it’s quite easy ... Continue reading this article…

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My 2007 401(k) Performance and Blog Roundup

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, I received my final 2007 401(k) statement in the mail. According to their records, my account’s performance in the fourth quarter last year was down 3.50 percent while my performance for the entire year was up 7.09 percent. That’s a bit of a let-down from 2006, when my 401(k) performance was a strong positive 16.25 percent. It ... Continue reading this article…

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