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401(k) Diversification

by Luke Landes

Does your company offer diversified options for employees’ 401(k)s? Even after the bubble burst several years ago and many people were burned, many companies haven’t created possibilities for diversification in retirement plans. In many cases where the companies do offer a wide variety of funds, employees have not chosen to configure their accounts to allow ... Continue reading this article…

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Web-Based Financial Planning

by Luke Landes

I received an email last week from Bryan Link who requested I take a look at a start-up he runs called SimpliFi. The site contains an automated financial goals planner. A Flash-based application bases its evaluation on an interview designed to determine the user’s financial status and goals, adjustable assumptions, and its internal forumlas. Most ... Continue reading this article…

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Better Stock Up

by Luke Landes

I was listening to Marketplace on NPR during the commute home from work today. They reported that according to CBS, gas prices at the pump may surge $0.24 a gallon in the next few days. The article says that this is one analyst’s prediction, but that one analyst is getting a lot of press. When ... Continue reading this article…

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Income and Expenses for the Year

by Luke Landes

I’ve included an income/expense report within this post. By looking at the numbers, here’s some quick thoughts on improvements I can make for the rest of the year. * Spend less money on dining. Lunch at the cafeteria is almost $7.00! That’s unacceptable. * Find some ways to make more money. Yeah… * I’ve modified ... Continue reading this article…

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For New Yorkers

by Luke Landes

Suze Orman tells it like it is. On her televised phone-in show, she has no problem berating callers, breaking them down, and making them feel stupid for their financial foibles. She also writes books. If you have nothing else to do tonight, and New York City isn’t out of the question, you might want to ... Continue reading this article…

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Every Other Friday

by Luke Landes

Every other Friday, I try to will the stock market down. Most of my investing is done on pay day. My 401(k) funds are invested at the same time I get paid, and naturally I want to invest at the best price possible. So on that day, I try to channel some of my brain ... Continue reading this article…

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One Breast, Breast For Sale

by Luke Landes

From the YouCanSellAnythingOneBay Department: You can now bid on a stripper’s removed breast implant. At the time the article was written, bidding was up to $14,000. Don’t get hasty, you can bid on the item only after approval from Tawny Peaks, the seller/porn star.

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Personal Finance Blogs in the News

by Luke Landes

Terri Cullen for The Wall Street Journal Online profiled personal finance blogs in an article today. The journalist had contacted me for an interview, but unfortunately we couldn’t hook up. That’s too bad; I could have used the free publicity and it’s always nice to be recognized. She did mention MyMoneyBlog, PFBlog, The Budgeting Babe, ... Continue reading this article…

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Wal-Mart in the Banking Industry

by Luke Landes

Wal-Mart already performs a million financial transactions a week and has good deals — better than most banks — on money orders and wire transfers. They’ve attempted to buy a local bank in the past. What if Wal-Mart did enter the banking industry? Liz Pulliam-Weston speculates on the consequences which seem favorable. For instance, Wal-Mart’s ... Continue reading this article…

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Positive Outlook

by Luke Landes

It’s true that maintaining a positive outlook can help keep your life together, generally or financially speaking. Here are steps from the CBS Marketwatch article: * Identify your traps. Figure out what your excuses are. One of mine, for example, is I’m not making enough money to cover all of my expenses. * Consider your ... Continue reading this article…

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