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Derivatives, The Future of Investing?

by Luke Landes

CNN Money is featuring an article discussing derivative investments, in particular, investments designed for the small investor to hedge his or her bets. HedgeStreet is a company that lets people speculate on economic events, such as gas prices hitting $3.00 by a certain date. This hedge, for instance, might be good for someone with a ... Continue reading this article…

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Contrarian Attitude to Investing

by Luke Landes

I don’t normally read Charles E. Kirk but I do have The Kirk Report in my RSS feed reader, so once in a while, I might come across something in which I find myself very interested. Today, Charles mentioned an article he wrote more than a year and a half ago called Walking a Stock ... Continue reading this article…

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Your Money Is Dumb

by Luke Landes

(It’s all right, mine is, too.) Here’s a lovely article from Slate, You and Your Dumb Money. The author succinctly explains the difference between smart investors and dumb: Smart money (big-time hedge-fund managers, private-equity honchos, leveraged buyout kings) reliably outperforms the market. Dumb money (individual investors, the sort of people who casually watch CNBC for ... Continue reading this article…

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$50 Bonus From ShareBuilder

by Luke Landes

Updated June 24, 2010. Jonathan at MyMoneyBlog tipped me off to a deal at ShareBuilder, an online brokerage that lets customers invest small amounts with a low fee structure. I didn’t qualify for Jonathan’s CostCo discount as I’m not a member of the shopping club. It did inspire me to perform a Google site search ... Continue reading this article…

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The Golden Ratio and the Market

by Luke Landes

There are a lot of crazy theories about movements of the stock market. Take a look at Elliott Waves for instance. Supporters believe the tenets of Elliott Wave Analysis like a religion, while those who disagree believe the theory is bunk. Have you ever heard of the golden ratio? It is related to the Fibonacci ... Continue reading this article…

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Peek Into Supreme Court Nominee’s Portfolio

by Luke Landes

Slate has an interesting article on Supreme Court nominee John Roberts’ portfolio. Can you tell an individual by his or her investments? Most of the article talks about Roberts’ stock holdings (Coca Cola [KO], AT&T [T], XM [XMSR]), but it also mentions that his bank accounts amount for the largest portion of his holdings, between ... Continue reading this article…

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Money Clubs?

by Luke Landes

Marshall Loeb mentions the popularity of money clubs, akin to the investment clubs of the 1990s. Much like other sorts of support groups, money clubs offer the unique opportunity of belonging to a group of people with similar desires, who can encourage, inform and brow-beat you as needed. (This sounds very much like the community ... Continue reading this article…

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These Rules Don’t Work

by Luke Landes

I like this article from MarketWatch that presents five investing rules that don’t work. You may have heard these investing clichés before, but clichés come a dime a dozen: Subtract your age from 100 to determine the percentage of your investment that should be in stocks. This would present an overly conservative portfolio for most ... Continue reading this article…

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Paying Himself First

by Luke Landes

Mike Rogalski is featured as one of CNN’s Millionaires in the Making. He’s a civil engineer working for the U.S. Department of Defense in Florida, making $84,500 a year. He chooses not to take advantage of an IRA for retirement savings, instead investing $33,000 in stocks and mutual funds. With $105,000 already put away in ... Continue reading this article…

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Ignorance is Bliss

by Luke Landes

I noticed some great advice written by Seth Jayson from The Motley Fool today: Ignore the Experts. June sales numbers all over the map show that neither high-priced oil nor threat of housing bubble nor Michael Jackson acquittal can keep strong retailers from continuing to move their products. The Fool advises readers to turn off ... Continue reading this article…

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Letting Terror Affect Your Investment Strategy

by Luke Landes

When terror strikes, it’s easy to think about September 11 and the poor performance of the stock market following the event. It may be better to wait this one out before running for the hills and cashing out. It’s better not to make hasty decisions based on world events. CNN Money offers that same advice. ... Continue reading this article…

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Friday Reading

by Luke Landes

Here’s what I’m reading today, updated throughout the day as I feel like it. Jim Jubak sees a revolt pertaining to property taxes and the Alternative Minimum Tax. Prediction: Oil will either spike to $100 a barrel or it will drop. There is a third possibility that the price will do neither. In conclusion, no ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Reading

by Luke Landes

I caught several interesting articles from Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. They’re good reads for the under-thirty set, like myself. Smartest Money Moves at Any Age offers advice about making the most out of your first job, what to do with finances when you get married, some tips for buying a first home, thoughts about having children, ... Continue reading this article…

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Benefits

by Luke Landes

Carnival Update: We now have three submissions for the inaugural Carnival of Personal Finance. If you’re a blogger and you’ve written about personal finance recently, feel free to submit a link to an article you’re proud of! At work, we had a division meeting with our vice chairman today. Basically, the company is in good ... Continue reading this article…

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Thursday Reading

by Luke Landes

So far, I’ve received one submission for Carnival of Personal Finance. Remember to send your submissions in before Sunday night. Here are the articles I’m reading today: Kids get more expensive for their parents as they get older, and this article enumerates the costs of a teen-ager. Sports or music, food, orthodontia, and a plethora ... 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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Hedge Funds Open to Ordinary Investors

by Luke Landes

Earlier this month, I presented an introduction to hedge funds. Today, CNN is reporting that hedge fund managers want to repair their image among the investing public. In an attempt to do so, some mutual fund companies are set to bring hedge-like funds to everyday investors. One such fund is the DB Hedge Strategies Fund. ... Continue reading this article…

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Introduction to Hedge Funds

by Luke Landes

Hedge funds have received a bit of negative press lately. Here are just some examples from MSN Money (“Billions of dollars in hedge-fund money disappeared into thin air amid the GM mess”), Marketwatch (“Treasurys rise on hedge fund woes”), and The Herald (“Complex hedge funds criticised”). I’ve heard the term over the past several years, ... Continue reading this article…

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Two Stories On The Web

by Luke Landes

Tracy Harger, a recovering mutual fund addict, tells her story of how she became a junkie and how show finally broke her habit. Moral: just like other vices, everything can be acceptable in moderation. Amy Chan Hilton and Edgar Hilton have or are finishing their doctorates in engineering and currently have a combined income of ... Continue reading this article…

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401(k) Getting Whacked By The Market?

by Luke Landes

I’m sitting in a suite at the Renaissance Esmerelda in Indian Wells, California, not far from Palm Springs. It’s great to get away from reality for a few days, especially when family is covering the bill. I’ll be heading back to the Orange County area tomorrow, and back home to New Jersey on Saturday. I ... Continue reading this article…

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