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After Graduation: Choices, Plans and Risks, Part 1

by Luke Landes

David Bach, the author of The Automatic Millionaire and The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner (the latter of which I reviewed earlier this year), also writes a column on Yahoo Finance. Recently he presented five tips for college graduates just beginning their path to financial security. (This ties in nicely with Friday’s thoughts about graduates aiming for ... Continue reading this article…

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First Week On The Job

by Luke Landes

I started a new job this week. The location is much more convenient, the pay is better, the responsibilities are relatively similar, and the people are friendlier. In addition, it’s bound to be better for my career at the company in the short term and for my life in the long term. Things are progressing ... Continue reading this article…

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Top MBA Employers

by Luke Landes

Once again, I’m finishing up my MBA in the next few months. Fortune has come out with a list of the companies most sought-after MBA candidates. Here are the top ten: 1. McKinsey & Company 2. Google 3. Goldman Sachs 4. Bain & Company 5. The Boston Consulting Group 6. Citigroup 7. Apple Computer 8. ... Continue reading this article…

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Good News: Get Your Degree In Two Weeks

by Luke Landes

I can’t believe I’ve spending so much time working towards my second degree. I could have made the process much simpler. What I can only assume is a reader sent me the following advice: Subject: no more money problems, get a degree in 2 weeks Obtain a prosperous future, money-earning power and the prestige that ... Continue reading this article…

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Quick Vacation Update

by Luke Landes

Has it been a week? Time flies when you’re on vacation. It’s been a light posting week for me, and on Monday I’m starting a new job. In the mean time, my grades for my current class are not high — it’s hard to find time to work on my statistics course while I’m on ... Continue reading this article…

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Flexo’s MBA: Still In Progress

by Luke Landes

I am only a few months from finishing my Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix (Online). It’s still a lot of work. The work is more of an annoyance now, taking my time away from activities where I’d be earning more money. It amazes me that many of my classmates were ... Continue reading this article…

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You Know, The Federal Reserve… For Kids

by Luke Landes

While we’re all anticipating an increase in the Federal Reserve’s short-term interest rate, the Fed has been busy creating a website for kids. The aptly named Federal Reserve Kids Page contains an eagle with large talons and mildly interesting trivia aimed at middle schoolers and those needing a refresher course on the twelve Federal Reserve ... Continue reading this article…

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New Salary Figures for MBAs

by Luke Landes

According to USA Today, the average starting salary and signing bonus for new graduates with a fresh master’s degree in business administration (MBA) have jumped to $106,000 in 2005. $88,600 of that is for salary alone. Not all employers are paying so much for MBAs; the bulk of the numbers come from consulting firms and ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Courses in High School

by Luke Landes

Schools in England are expanding their financial education curriculum to offer courses to 14-16 year olds in addition to the older students already served. These students can receive varying levels of certification in financial studies. Will this work in the United States? Not at the moment. Educational issues go in waves, and right now we ... Continue reading this article…

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Dealing With Two Companies

by Luke Landes

I am still in the process of trying to resolve my unaccepted balance transfer to a new Discover Card with a 0 percent APR offer from my existing Wachovia Visa card (offered by MBNA). I am told this will be resolved within five business days. It’s also been a major pain dealing with the University of ... Continue reading this article…

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College, The Social Financial Equalizer

by Luke Landes

The cost of higher education is huge, and I don’t see how middle class families can afford to send multiple kids to good schools without sacrificing their own finances. Take a look at the ten most expensive colleges in the United States. 1. Landmark: $37,738 2. George Washington U.: $36,400 3. U of Richmond: $34,850 ... Continue reading this article…

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College Costs Rising

by Luke Landes

It’s no surprise that college costs are rising. This year, tuition at private colleges increased 5.9 percent while public institutions increased 7.1 percent. Why are costs rising so much? Here are a few reasons: * States are tightening their budgets, so public universities are feeling the pain. * Colleges offer health care to students, and ... Continue reading this article…

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Chances of Obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree

by Luke Landes

Are you or a family member looking into options for college? Here are some statistics from the Atlantic Monthly that are surprising at first glance: If your family income is $90,000 or more, you have about a 50 percent chance of obtaining a bachelor’s degree by age 24. If that income is between $61,000 and ... Continue reading this article…

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Deciding to Go Back to School

by Luke Landes

Once in a while, we talk about the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree here (see Is the MBA Worthwhile? and Good Time to Be an MBA). Free Money Finance had a discussion this week about going back to school as well. How do you know if going back to school is the right thing ... Continue reading this article…

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Online MBAs Making the Grade

by Luke Landes

A few months ago, I asked if Master of Business Administration degrees are worthwhile. The conversation that ensued began to focus primarily on those MBAs of the online variety, one of which I am currently pursuing at mostly my company’s expense. Business Week has also evaluated the merits of an MBA from an online program. ... Continue reading this article…

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How To Teach Your Kids About Money

by Luke Landes

Jonathan Clements from the Wall Street Journal offers some advice, or his experiences as an example, for teaching children about money management. (By the way, this article can be accessed for free, unlike most of the Wall Street Journal Online.) The first rule of writing these types of articles is “Know your audience.” And Jonathan ... Continue reading this article…

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Good Time to Be an MBA

by Luke Landes

A few weeks ago, we had a good conversation about the merits of an MBA degree. Today, Anne Fischer from Fortune Magazine says it’s a good time to be an MBA. She claims there’s been a change in hiring patterns. Instead of companies hiring MBAs in advance, companies are picking up new graduates “just in ... Continue reading this article…

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Is The MBA Worthwhile?

by Luke Landes

Loyal readers may recall that I’ve been working on my MBA (master of business administration) degree through the University of Phoenix Online. Other MBA students from more traditional graduate schools are often surprised when I describe the amount of work required for the degree. I have a little less than a year left if I ... 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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What My Future May Hold

by Luke Landes

A few weeks ago, I took the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). My “career” hasn’t had much direction lately, so I’m considering changing course. Since I probably won’t have a decent enough test score to get into the top schools, I figure it’s best to save money and go for one less expensive and in-state, ... Continue reading this article…

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