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When Money Is Scarce: Forced Frugality and Bad Decisions

by Luke Landes

I’ll be honest. When the idea for this article struck me late last night, I had a definitive idea of how I was going to address the topic of conservation mode. But the clarity of day may have changed what I think about the idea. Throughout my life, I’ve been working with scarce resources. Now, […]

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Is Acorns the Next Best App for Investing?

by Luke Landes

Acorns allows investors to divert small amounts of money to the stock market, $5 at a time. And all you need is your mobile phone. Have you seen the fees?

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The One Action You Need to Take in Any Market Correction

by Luke Landes

As of today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has erased all of its gains this year. We’re not quite in “market correction” territory, though. The S&P 500 is still up year-to-date, but it isn’t presenting as fantastic a return as was evident earlier in the year. We could be getting to the point where the […]

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If All Investments Are Expensive, Where Can You Invest?

by Luke Landes

Neil Irwin at the New York Times points out that all asset classes around the world are expensive compared to their historical prices. If that’s the case, is there any investment class available that has the potential to provide great returns over the long-term? Stocks and bonds; emerging markets and advanced economies; urban office towers […]

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Grow Your Dough Throwdown: Second Quarter Results

by Luke Landes

Here’s my latest Grow Your Dough Throwodwn update as well as some information about the companies I’m investing in.

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Growing My Dough: The Latest Look at My Portfolio

by Luke Landes

CNN is sounding the alarm bells. The “Fear and Greed Index,” which is a strange measure of market sentiment, has passed the threshold into the “extreme greed” level.CNN is sounding the alarm bells. The “Fear and Greed Index,” which is a strange measure of market sentiment, has passed the threshold into the “extreme greed” level. […]

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Should You Become an Angel Investor?

by Luke Landes

Two years ago I wrote about how I was “winding down”, whatever that means, after selling Consumerism Commentary, in the sense that I was looking to involve myself in new projects. I was considering, among other things, investing a portion of my assets in start-up companies. In fact, I signed up for a service called […]

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Buying and Selling Stocks Is Often a Losing Strategy

by Luke Landes

After three months, my $1,000 investment portfolio, nicknamed “Feemaggeddon,” is lagging. This portfolio is part of an investing challenge, the “Grow Your Dough Throwdown.” It’s a lighthearted competition featuring several top financial bloggers. I have two goals with this portfolio. The first is to test a specific popular investing philosophy. Among those who offer advice […]

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Grow Your Dough: My Investing Results as of February

by Luke Landes

As I mentioned at the beginning of the year, I’m participating in an investing competition — well more of just a game than a competition — with several other writers and bloggers this year. The premise of the game is to start the year with $1,000 invested in discount brokerages of our choice, and track […]

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Should You Open an IRA With Your Bank? Ally Bank Offering $250 Bonus

by Luke Landes

It’s easy for me to look back in time and analyze the faults of my twenty-two year-old self. If only I had started saving and investing sooner, I’d be in a better financial situation. My younger self would assume I had forgotten what it was like for me during that time period, when I had […]

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