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Guide to American Express Business Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

American Express originally issued only “charge cards,” which required users to pay back their entire balance every month. This is my preferred method — in fact, my only method — of dealing with revolving credit with an interest rate. These days, American Express also offers typical credit cards, complete with annual fees, interest on carried-over ... Continue reading this article…

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Toys for Lunch

by Sasha

I have a confession to make. My name is Sasha, and I’ve spent the last five years completely opposed to bringing my lunch to work. Diametrically opposed, in fact. I’d shudder when my favorite frugal bloggers brought it up, shifting to the next topic as quickly as I could. “Yes,” I’d think to myself, “I ... Continue reading this article…

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Upgrading My Living Room Entertainment, Part 3: High-Definition DVD

by Luke Landes

To complete — at least for now — my living room upgrade, I purchased a Toshiba HD-DVD (HD-A20) from Circuit City. Just looking at the listing now, I see the price has increased since Tuesday from $359.99 to $399.99. In fact, in the store, the advertised price was $399.99, but after showing the listing on ... Continue reading this article…

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Market Update, August 29, 2007

by Luke Landes

While I was covering my own responsibilities as well as those of a vacationing coworker today, I missed all the excitement in the markets. Dow up to 13,289, S&P 500 up to 1,463, Nasdaq up to 2,563. [MarketWatch]

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Market Update, August 28, 2007

by Luke Landes

Dow down to 13,041.85, S&P 500 down to 1,432.36, Nasdaq down to 2,500.64, Flexo’s net worth down by over $1,500 today. That last statistic is due to a long-overdue upgrade in living room entertainment. [AP]

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Market Update, August 27, 2007

by Luke Landes

What goes up… you know the rest. Dow down to 13,337.58, S&P 500 down to 1,468.98, Nasdaq down to 2,565.19. [CNN]

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Guide to Capital One Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

Updated December 1, 2008. Any indented text is excerpted directly from Capital One’s marketing. Capital One has been in the news recently for two issues relevant to card holders. First, the company reversed their policy on reporting credit limits so FICO scores are not adversely affected. Later, Capital One closed its wholesale mortgage business, distancing ... Continue reading this article…

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Market Update, August 24, 2007

by Luke Landes

They say this week was a good one for the market. Dow up to 13,379, S&P 500 up to 1,479, Nasdaq up to 1,479. If you sold your S&P index fund at the end of last week when you were nervous, you would have missed an annualized increase of 119.6 percent. [MSN]

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Market Update, August 23, 2007

by Luke Landes

I’ve been busy wrapping up projects at work and not paying attention to the market. My company’s share price is almost back to where I want to send my second-quarter stock. Today, the Dow is down to 13,235.88, S&P 500 down to 1,462.50, Nasdaq down to 2,541.70. [CNN]

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Market Update, August 16, 2007

by Luke Landes

The market bounced back today after a sharp decline. Dow down to 12,845.78, S&P 500 up to 1,411.27, Nasdaq down to 2,451.07. [CNN]

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My Vacation Spending in Boston, Newport, and Salem

by Luke Landes

A few days ago, my girlfriend and I returned from vacation in Newport, Rhode Island and Boston and Salem, Massachusetts. I mentioned earlier I was dreading opening up Quicken and analyzing my receipts. The other night, I held my breath and took the plunge. Here are some of the results. Two audio-tour tickets to the ... Continue reading this article…

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Market Update, August 15, 2007

by Luke Landes

Remember when the Dow closed over 14,000 on July 19 and I entertained some guesses as to when it would pass 15,000? Now we’re below 13,000. Dow down to 12,861, S&P 500 down to 1,406.7, Nasdaq down to 2,458.8.

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Market Update, August 14, 2007

by Luke Landes

Did you have a bad day today? Coming back from vacation, I found myself immersed in a number of new projects at work. In the mean time, the market keeps disappointing. Dow down to 13,028.92, S&P 500 down to 1,426.54, Nasdaq down to 2,499.12.

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Market Update, August 13, 2007

by Luke Landes

While I was on vacation, not once did I look at the state of the stock market or my investments to see how they were doing. I guess it’s better that way. Dow down to 13,236.53, S&P 500 down to 1,452.92, Nasdaq down to 2,542.24. [CNN]

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Capital One Does The Right Thing

by Luke Landes

Up until last week, Capital One was poorly servicing their credit card customers. Rather than reporting customers’ credit limits to Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion as other credit card issuers do, Capital One would report the high-water mark. In this situation, if one’s credit limit is $5,000, and the maximum ever charged in one billing period ... Continue reading this article…

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Market Update: August 6, 2007

by Luke Landes

The Dow gained more points today than on any other day this year. A sign of more to come? Dow up to 13,468.78, S&P 500 up to 1,467.67, Nasdaq up to 2,547.33. [USA Today]

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Market Update, August 3, 2007

by Luke Landes

My trading window is open, but the company stock in my ESPP is down from where it was at the end of second quarter. I’ll need to make a quick decision to sell or hold for another quarter. Dow down to 13,181.91, S&P 500 down to 1,433.06, Nasdaq down to 2,111.25.

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Bad Implementation: High Speed Mortgage Payoffs

by Luke Landes

There’s a new mortgage technique that’s gaining popularity in the United States. This is the first I’ve heard of it, and I don’t like it, even though the technique supposedly allows people to pay off mortgages faster, saving interest expense (but losing investment opportunity and the reverse effect of inflation). The premise users a home ... Continue reading this article…

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Market Update: August 1, 2007

by Luke Landes

Perhaps August will bring some good news to the market and to my investment accounts. Dow up to 13,313.76, S&P 500 up to 1,466.97, Nasdaq up to 2,551.64. [CNN]

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50 Credit Cards Offering 0% APR on Purchases

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, these offers expired and are no longer available. Warning! Taking advantage of credit card companies may be fun and profitable, but it is dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, or if you do know what you’re doing but are not careful. If you miss one payment, ... Continue reading this article…

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