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Six-Figure Yentl

by Luke Landes

If you’re looking for a career change with six-figure possibilities, consider becoming a professional matchmaker. You’ll be providing a sought-after service for other professionals who don’t have time to meet new people. There are many differences between matchmaking and dating services, but are they worth the big bucks? I could use the service, sure. It’s ... Continue reading this article…

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Luke Landes, An Introduction

by Luke Landes

I’ve had many new returning visitors to Consumerism Commentary over the past couple of months, so I think it is only fair to formally introduce myself. I’ve updated this introduction in December 2013, although it was originally published in 2005. On this site and in this context, I originally called myself Flexo. I appropriated the ... Continue reading this article…

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Predicting Markets

by Luke Landes

Neville is writing about predicting the markets. Are the markets predictable? What were people predicting in 1930 and 1940, and were those predictions accurate? I was researching these questions and I came across a paper by Felix Stalder, a PhD Student at the University of Toronto, entitled The Nature of Financial Networks. It’s an interesting ... Continue reading this article…

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Dave and Annie Hall, Future Millionaires

by Luke Landes

CNN Money has yet another profile of a couple, Dave and Annie Hall, on their way to $1M in net worth. The couple’s income is $120,000 and they budget wiseley. Much of their net worth is in their home and other investment property, which is the same story shared by many of the subjects of ... Continue reading this article…

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Investing Scams

by Luke Landes

CNN Money is running a story about the most popular investment scams. Similar stories are being run on MSN Money and Bankrate as well. In fact, the story is everywhere. Here are the top ten scams, as measured by the North American Securities Administrators Association. The links below provide more information on each of these ... Continue reading this article…

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Emigrant Direct Account Opening

by Luke Landes

As you may know, I am in the process of opening a savings account with Emigrant Direct, an on-line bank currently offering an interest rate yielding 3.25 percent. On March 15 I posted about my experience with a customer service representative at the aforementioned bank. That was three days after I began the process of ... Continue reading this article…

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Should You Borrow From Your 401(k)?

by Luke Landes

Borrowing from your 401(k) is generally a bad idea. There are some positive aspects of doing so, however. It’s a nice option to have if you are stuck with no other choices. Here are some of the drawbacks, as mentioned by Lewis Schiff from the Armchair Millionaire. The money you take out of your 401(k) ... Continue reading this article…

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ING Direct Savings Rate Up

by Luke Landes

ING Direct now offers a 2.8 percent APY on their savings accounts, up 20 basis points. This rate is still well below the one offered by Emigrant Direct for that bank’s no fee, no minimum balance savings account. You may want to consider ING Direct’s certificates of deposit if you don’t mind not touching your ... Continue reading this article…

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The Future for Investors

by Luke Landes

I’m not looking to make a quick million through my investments. Sure, it would be nice, but I have realistic expectations. If you’re investing for the long term like I am, you might want to read this interview with Jeremy Siegel. He has some interesting insights about what investment strategy has performed the best in ... Continue reading this article…

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Stock Market Down

by Luke Landes

The Nasdaq composite sank to a new low for the year Friday and stocks lost ground for the second straight week as investors dealt with rising oil prices and long-term interest rates. (From CNN Money.) To me this says Keep On Investing. I’m in it for the long haul. My investments are all long-term, and ... Continue reading this article…

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