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Financial Lessons From Television Fiction: House

by Luke Landes

I have to admit there are are two or three television shows I enjoy watching each week. House is one of those shows. I’m drawn to this show for several reasons. I’m a fan of Hugh Laurie from his Blackadder days, and his American accent is usually very convincing. Also, the show takes place in ... Continue reading this article…

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10 Improvements I’d Like to See in Quicken 2008 (And a Giveaway)

by Luke Landes

I’ve been a user of Intuit Quicken for the past few years after being a loyal user of Microsoft Money (and MoneyDance earlier, when I felt I needed to run Linux on my home machine). While I think I’ve settled on the software that works best for me, I’m not completely satisfied. I’m waiting to ... Continue reading this article…

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Presidential Dollar Series: I Got a Bank Teller in Trouble

by Luke Landes

This past Saturday, I stopped in at my local bank (which happens to be the much-discussed Wachovia) to see if they were distributing rolls of the newest John Adams Presidential $1 coins. I know the release date isn’t until May 17, but I had a good reason for asking early. A few months ago, I ... Continue reading this article…

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3 Reasons Not to Buy a Home

by Luke Landes

On Sunday, I noticed yet another new article describing the benefits of renting over buying a house. I’ve been following these articles with interest as my lease is getting closer to its end date six weeks from now, and I’ve been thinking about what to do. In this article, Liz Pulliam Weston provides 3 reasons ... Continue reading this article…

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Postal Prices on the Rise Today

by Luke Landes

If you’re heading to the post office today, you might notice that the price of sending a letter has gone up. A first class stamp now costs $0.41. Other options have increased, too. It seems like just yesterday the cost of a first class stamp increased from $0.37 to $0.39. According to the United States ... Continue reading this article…

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Ethical? Bank of America Sells Variable Annuity to Elderly Person

by Luke Landes

I find these stories very sad. First of all, it’s always the customer’s job to be educated about any options they might be considering — particularly when they’re shopping around for financial products. When a customer isn’t educated for whatever reason, it doesn’t provide justification for salespeople to suggest products not in their best interest. ... Continue reading this article…

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The 100th Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

I’m happy to report that the latest Carnival of Personal Finance has been posted at My Open Wallet. This marks the 100th edition of the Carnival. The Carnival of Personal Finance has been going strong since June 20, 2005 and is soon approaching its two-year anniversary. There are a lot of articles — 100, in ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup, Mother’s Day Edition

by Luke Landes

Here are some of the more interesting articles I’ve encountered from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond over the past week or so. It was difficult to pick out articles that are not some sort of top five list this week. If you’re a blogger with something you’d like included next week in a similar roundup, send ... Continue reading this article…

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Wachovia Charging Monthly $5.95 for Microsoft Money and Quicken

by Luke Landes

Wachovia Bank April statements are now arriving in customers’ mailboxes. Some customers are in for a surprise. The bank is now charging a $5.95 service fee for many account holders who use Microsoft Money or Intuit Quicken’s “direct connect” feature to download transactions directly into the software (without visiting the website). The fee is listed ... Continue reading this article…

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Congratulations to Sarah, Winner of Excuse Me, Your Job is Waiting

by Luke Landes

Over a week ago, I held a simple contest in order to give away one copy of Excuse Me, Your Job is Waiting, by Laura George [my review]. To enter the contest, all I required other than a valid email address was a description of your “dream job.” Here are some of the responses. Congratulations ... Continue reading this article…

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