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Looking Forward to Raises

by Luke Landes

Raises next year will supposedly be higher than this year, but not by much. Employees who aren’t entitled to overtime pay will see their salary increase an average odf 3.6 percent, and those who are entitled to overtime pay will see an increase of 3.5 percent. Executives, on the other hand, will see an increase ... Continue reading this article…

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Popular Day

by Luke Landes

There were many interesting articles on CNN/Money today. Here are a few summaries. The majority of Americans claim they would continue working if they were to suddenly come into lottery winnings of $10,000,000. 59 percent of people under the age of 50 said they would continue along their career path. If this statistic is ever ... Continue reading this article…

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5 Cent Piece Designs

by Luke Landes

The designs for the 2005 nickel have been released to the public, and here they are. You can click on the thumbnail to view a close-up of each design. Obverse Reverse 1 Reverse 2 It’s interesting to note that the quotation from William Clark’s journal on the discovery of the Pacific Ocean on the second ... Continue reading this article…

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Options for Pulling In a Six-Figure Salary

by Luke Landes

Jeanne Sahadi introducers her readers to some interesting career options if you want to nab that six-figure salary. First off is a general manager of a casino. There is a ton of money in Vegas (or Atlantic City, or even Connecticut) as long as you’re on the right side of the card table. Don’t gamble ... Continue reading this article…

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More Changes for the Nickel

by Luke Landes

You may remember my entry from last November announcing the 2004 reverse designs for the five cent piece. On Thursday, the U.S. Mint will reveal a new design for the obverse of the nickel. Jefferson is getting a makeover. If I get a chance, I’ll post an update as soon as possible after the release ... Continue reading this article…

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How To Excessively Spoil Your Kids

by Luke Landes

F.A.O. Schwarz (website, like the company, being restructured) is a children’s toy retailer. Perhaps you have heard about their bankrupcy. The company’s new strategy is to market toys to the children of the superrich. This item on the right is a toy Mercedes, with the price tag of $15,000. My Honda Civic didn’t cost much ... Continue reading this article…

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Making Money in Real Estate

by Luke Landes

“Get an education and buy real estate.” That was the advice given to Stan Taflaw. He is one of CNN’s Tycoons in the Making. With his high salary as a nurse and hospital administrator, and help from his rental properties and real estate sales, he’s been able to put three of his daughters through college ... Continue reading this article…

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Live Well But Spend Less

by Luke Landes

Donna Dratch reminds us to pay more attention to the way we spend and save. More importantly, the author reminds me to start getting back on track. It’s been a crazy summer of dating, going to shows, and just spending more money than I should have. I even “upped” the available minutes on my cell ... Continue reading this article…

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Where You Stand

by Luke Landes

As this article from CNN/Money points out, you can’t plan your trip without knowing where you are at the moment. That relates to your financial plan, as well. Every once in a while, take a look and estimate your net worth. That will help you figure out what you need to do to get to ... Continue reading this article…

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Collect on Interest

by Luke Landes

The Federal Reserve (“the Fed”) raised interest rates yesterday. That usually means that banks follow suit, raising interest rates in the loans they offer and some investment products, like CDs. I’m going to use this opportunity to change some of my cash investments into CDs at ING Direct. This bank already raised its interest rates ... Continue reading this article…

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