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Stating the Obvious: Don’t Share Pictures of Your Credit and Debit Cards Online

by Luke Landes
NeedADebitCard Twitter

I’ve shared a lot of personal financial information over the years at Consumerism Commentary. This site’s original purpose was to hold myself accountable for the financial decisions I would make, and I did so for many years by publishing monthly reports that included my net worth. From these, readers could determine bank account balances, credit ... Continue reading this article…

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Credit Card Users May Pay an Additional Fee

by Luke Landes
Credit cards

When retailers and credit card issuers argue about fees, does the consumer win? The consumer is generally ignored in these discussions. Businesses are controlling the dialogue. Businesses, particularly small businesses that rely on profit margins more than volume, were successful in getting regulators to restrict “swipe” or interchange fees. The fees credit card transaction processing ... Continue reading this article…

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Amazon Prime Loses Money But Is Considered a Success

by Luke Landes
Amazon

I haven’t always been a fan of Amazon.com as a company. There was a time early on in the company’s ascent that its innovators pushed through a patent application for the process behind its one-click purchasing mechanism. It seemed to be such a basic feature for any e-commerce website, including websites in existence before Amazon.com, ... Continue reading this article…

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Where Dave Ramsey’s Debt Snowball Fails

by Luke Landes
Snowball

I’ve written extensively about how Dave Ramsey’s “Debt Snowball” does a disservice to families and individuals struggling to get out of debt. By acquiescing to the emotions of money, those who most need to separate emotions from their financial decisions don’t. Not everyone who is in debt are in that position due to emotionally-driven decision ... Continue reading this article…

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Tuition Reimbursement: A Benefit for Some Employees and Employers

by Luke Landes
Columbia University

Happy anniversary to Consumerism Commentary! Nine years ago today, I published the first article on this website, introducing myself and sharing the original purpose of Consumerism Commentary. The character of the site has changed drastically over this extended period of time, but I’m glad to say I’m still involved with its operation. Thanks for everyone’s ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 167: Women and Success

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks with Ellyn Spragins, speaker, author, and editor of the Letters To My Younger Self series of books. Ellyn talks to Tom about how women differ from men in regards to success, especially regarding finding and developing their inner talents. They also discuss her “Letters to My ... Continue reading this article…

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The Delaware Tax Loophole

by Luke Landes
Delaware Memorial Bridge

Have you ever wondered why there are so many banks headquartered in the state of Delaware? This small state — where I happened to spend four years of my life while at college — is friendly to businesses. For a century, Delaware has boasted friendly tax codes and lax incorporation laws, inviting savvy business owners ... Continue reading this article…

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Brokers Are Salespeople, Not Financial Advisers

by Luke Landes
Used car

Stockbrokers facing the general investing public, working for JP Morgan Chase, might have business cards with a title of “financial adviser,” but just like the people you meet when you walk into a car dealership, they are salespeople. They are rewarded when they meet their sales targets. Their bonuses are based on the clients they ... Continue reading this article…

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Invest in Girls Gives Private School Students Training for Wall Street

by Luke Landes

Despite the Main Street vs. Wall Street conflicts post-recession, there is still a great desire among young people — particularly among privileged families — to be part of the finance industry. In three private schools, one for just girls, a non-profit organization is bringing Wall Street education to young women. Invest in Girls takes a ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 166: Income Taxes and Your Kids’ Summer Jobs

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks with Gregg Wind, CPA at the accounting firm of Wind & Stern, about income taxes related to children’s summer jobs. First, Gregg and Tom talk about tax advantages for parents who have a business and are thinking about hiring their children as employees. Afterward, they discuss ... Continue reading this article…

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