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Is Robert Kiyosaki a Liar?

by Luke Landes

Wonderful. After reading Ben Stein’s column, which I mentioned earlier today, I came across Robert Kiyosaki’s latest on Yahoo Finance, Lying is Easy, Wealth Takes Work. Let’s just start right at the top: Being politically correct means saying what’s polite rather than what’s accurate. I like to be accurate. Actually, being politically correct is saying ... Continue reading this article…

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Why Can Ben Stein Retire at 61?

by Luke Landes

I like Ben Stein. He’s been an actor, game show host, advisor to a presidential administration, author, and traveling guru. In his latest column on Yahoo Finance, he writes about the tendency to live in fear about retirement but not adequately plan (save). He started getting to the point by offering how he would be ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnivals are Up!

by Luke Landes

Aridni is hosting the latest Carnival of Personal Finance today, which is featuring a large quantity of quality articles. Be sure to check out the new home for the Carnival of Personal Finance, where we’re running a series on how bloggers can improve their writing. Also, the Carnival of Investing is up at Pragmatic Finance.

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Do You Really Think Your Personal Information is Private?

by Luke Landes

As I mentioned yesterday, Consumer Reports seems to take a unique approach by having their employees go “under cover” to evaluate products and sometimes investigate companies. In their latest issue, Consumer Reports tackles data brokers, such as ChoicePoint, LexisNexis and Acxiom. Here’s what their three-month investigation revealed:

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Consumer Reports’ Unique Approach

by Luke Landes

Last weekend at the wedding I attended, I spoke for some time with Matt from Consumer Reports. He works in the auto division, and he filled me in on how Consumer Reports does its research. When CR evaluates products, employees approach the companies as typical consumers. For example, rather than the companies sending CR souped-up ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, August 2006 (Net Income: $3,542)

by Luke Landes

Thank Tim Berners-Lee for the invention of the World Wide Web. Without him I wouldn’t be increasing my net worth as quickly as I am. Although, one could argue, without the web, I’d be spending less money, too. Nevertheless, here’s how money came to me and left me during the month of August, 2006.

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Personal Balance Sheet, August 2006 ($54,014, +6.68%)

by Luke Landes

August was a good month, thanks mostly to side business income. Here is where my accounts stand as of the end of August 2006.

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Books on My Night Stand

by Luke Landes

Now that the time I spend reading can be used for endeavors other than school work, there are a few books I’m working on. Here are the books that are sitting next to my bed, waiting for me to finish them. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, by Steven Levitt and ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Round-Up

by Luke Landes

If you missed these posts from the MoneyBlogNetwork blogs (and beyond) this week, take some time to check them out. Free Money Finance explains why he likes index funds. Five Cent Nickel suggests skipping the theater and getting Netflix instead. I have Netflix, but I haven’t made much use; if I don’t in the next ... Continue reading this article…

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IRS Refunding Long Distance Taxes

by Luke Landes

This is unrelated to Verizon’s fee refunds, but the IRS is refunding taxpayers between $30 and $60 if they paid for long distance between March 2003 and July 2006. This is a separate issue in which the government instituted an excise tax during the Spanish-American War. That was back in the 19th century. In May, ... Continue reading this article…

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