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New Students Get Student Loan Relief

by Luke Landes

A bill that was signed into law will help emerging students pay for the cost of their education. There are several facets to the new law, so here’s a summary.

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Guide to CitiBank Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

Every so often, I’ve been going through some of the more popular credit card issuers and presenting a list of their credit cards, highlighting some of the better programs for rewards. So far, I’ve looked at the best credit cards from American Express and Capital One. Credit cards can be dangerous tools in the wrong ... Continue reading this article…

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Two Nice Surprises for a Friday

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, these offers have expired and are no longer available. For being such a wonderful customer, Verizon Wireless is offering me the chance to increase my talking habits in turn to increase the chance I’ll go over my plan’s limit and pay for excess “overage.” Yes, they sent me ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Make Money in the Market Over the Long Term

by Luke Landes

It’s simple to paraphrase Ben Stein’s latest column on Yahoo Finance. If you have a long-term view, take advantage of short-term traders who panic in a recession. Buy and continue to buy through market downturns, and you’ll make more money in the long term. The evidence is overwhelming and consistent that if you buy when ... Continue reading this article…

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Database Breach at TD Ameritrade

by Luke Landes

About a year ago, TD Ameritrade customers began receiving spam sent to email addresses used only with that company. TD Ameritrade admitted customers’ contact information had been compromised. Reading in between the lines, the recent announcement of a database breach at Ameritrade seems to be the same event. From what I can tell from Ameritrade’s ... Continue reading this article…

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Updated Capital One Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

Yesterday I was informed that Capital One changed their credit card offerings. I have updated the Guide to Capital One Credit Cards to remove the old cards and add the new, including Capital One® No Hassle CashSM Rewards, Capital One® No Hassle MilesSM Rewards, Capital One® Platinum Prestige, and Capital One® Platinum. Most of those ... Continue reading this article…

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Getting Closer to Cable a la Carte

by Luke Landes

Until earlier this summer, I had been living with less than 30 cable television channels, one third in a language not spoken by me. I reduced my cable subscription a few years ago in an effort to save some money. When I moved into my new apartment, I was offered free cable for a year, ... Continue reading this article…

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Read Fortune Magazine for Free Online

by Luke Landes

Green Life, Green Wallet emailed me with a link allowing curious financial readers to view the latest issue of Fortune Magazine for free. This free edition, which is basically a scanned version of the printed magazine, is sponsored by Zecco, and that sponsorship is very evident. The first click on the link, which will be ... Continue reading this article…

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MoneyBlogNetwork Inducts Two New Members

by Luke Landes

The MoneyBlogNetwork was formed in January 2006 to bring together some of the top blogs in the personal finance niche, and today the network is happy to report some additions. No Credit Needed and Get Rich Slowly are joining the six prior members of the network. I respect NCN, J.D., and their blogs immensely and ... Continue reading this article…

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Apple Reduces Price of iPhone: Anyone Buying?

by Luke Landes

Apple announced they’re reducing their price on the iPhone. Even at the lower price, I’m still not interested. I’m satisfied with my phone and my Verizon Wireless service. If I wanted to use the iPhone, I would have to switch carriers. While I’m no longer in contract and wouldn’t be subject to a termination fee, ... Continue reading this article…

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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 30, 2007

by Luke Landes

Consistency is not a virtue of the stock market these days. Dow down to 13,238.73, S&P 500 down to 1,457.64, Nasdaq up to 2,565.30. [Bloomberg]

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Upgrading My Living Room Entertainment, Part 2: Extended Warranty

by Luke Landes

In writing about the purchasing of a new Sharp Aquos HDTV, I forgot to mention the extended warranty. I tried to use circuit City’s extended warranty as a bargaining chip to see if the salesman could lower the price. That didn’t work, so I left the store without the plan. For $190, if the television ... 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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