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My Investments

by Luke Landes

In the interest of full disclosure, I might as well give you a a peek into the investing side of my net worth. Roth IRA Invested in the TIAA-Cref Equity Index [TCEIX], directly with TIAA-Cref. The fund invests in the stocks listed in the Russell 3000 Index. It has a low expense ratio of 0.26 percent, ... Continue reading this article…

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Another Wasted Day

by Luke Landes

The theme for today is apparently working at the office, considering this post and the previous about bad bosses. According to calculations from a survey conducted by Microsoft, a five-day work week contains only three days of productivity, on average. What were the biggest time wasters? Ineffective meetings, lack of communication, unclear objectives and priorities, ... Continue reading this article…

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Dealing With a Bad Boss

by Luke Landes

Not that this has peronsal relevance, but Gerri Willis from CNN Money offers five tips for managing your manager. * Determine what it is you really don’t like. * Hold regular meetings and think about your manager’s career goals as well as your own. * Don’t be afraid to let the manager know about your ... Continue reading this article…

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Search for Low Fares

by Luke Landes

I’m thinking of going out to California next month. I’m checking flight prices with a new fare search from Yahoo (although it is still in beta). It queries “discount” carriers in addition to the bigger airlines. With some time, I’ll compare it to the fares other search engines find. In the mean time, check it ... Continue reading this article…

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Emigrant Direct Saga and Found Cash

by Luke Landes

My Wachovia checking account received the two small verification deposits from Emigrant Direct, which was the next step in opening my account with that bank. Unfortunately, when I originally signed up, I submitted an email address I no longer used. After reactivating that mailbox, I called Emigrant Direct’s customer service to have them resend a ... Continue reading this article…

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Virtual Bank Referral Needed

by Luke Landes

A reader has contacted me looking for a Virtual Bank referral. As I do not have an account with that bank, I said I would post a message looking for someone to help out. If you have an account with Virtual Bank and would like to refer someone (I’m guessing there is some kind of ... Continue reading this article…

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Federal Reserve Cover-Up

by Luke Landes

In 1999, the stock market was experiencing a bubble, which as most people know, popped, and caused many stock market speculators to lose money. During the time leading up to the crash, the Fed chairman did not publicly acknowledge the bubble. However, according to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal, the Fed was aware ... Continue reading this article…

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Credit, Debit, Check or Cash?

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note:  This limited-time offer has expired. According to the Federal Reserve, credit and debit payments surpassed check payments last year. Between credit and debit transactions, debits have been gaining popularity. A Reuters article states that for those with financial discipline, credit cards are the best option for every day purchases. The Citibank Dividend Platinum ... Continue reading this article…

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Taking a Hit to My Net Worth

by Luke Landes

Since I resumed taking classes for my MBA, I now have a new student loan. The way this works is I take a loan at the beginning of the “semester” and after each six-week class ends, I wait two weeks for a 90 percent reimbursement from my company. On my next monthly update, you’ll see my ... Continue reading this article…

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Buffett Says

by Luke Landes

When Warren Buffett speaks, it would do investors well to heed his advice. In his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, he offers this advice: Be un-American. By this he means that the way to great returns is to go against the trends while investing in index funds. If Wall Street is fearful, be greedy. ... Continue reading this article…

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