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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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Flexo’s Facebook Profile

by Luke Landes

I now have a Facebook profile. If you’re into the social media thing, connect to me there and add me as a friend if you are a frequent reader.

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We Have Retuned From Boston a Little More Informed About History

by Luke Landes

I’m writing a quick note to mention that I am back from Boston, but my vacation isn’t officially over until Monday. Thanks for all your suggestions; we followed almost all of them.

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Get Rich With One Penny, If It’s The Right Penny

by Luke Landes

A woman was planting flowers in her garden in Pennsylvania earlier this year, and she came across what the thought was a bicentennial quarter. Actually, what she found was a 1793 copper “chain” cent. According to the Professional Coin Grading Service’s Price Guide, the coin could be valued in the thousands of dollars even in ... 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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Capital One Reportedly Raised Interest Rates Across the Board

by Luke Landes

Consumerist reports that readers have been writing in today with complaints about Capital One credit cards. They’ve increased their interest rates (APRs) on purchases across the board, affecting a large pool of customers. Here’s a strategy to remedy this situation if it affected you. If you have another credit card with a low interest rate, ... Continue reading this article…

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How Much Cash to Take on Vacation?

by Luke Landes

It’s no secret that I use my credit card for as much spending as possible — the spending I would do whether using cash or credit — thanks to the availability of cash back rebates. The spending plan for my upcoming vacation is for me to put just about all of our vacation expenses on ... Continue reading this article…

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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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Market Update: July 26, 2007

by Luke Landes

I wish I could have sold my second quarter ESPP shares when they were awarded earlier this month. By the time next month’s trading window opens, I won’t have made as much money unless things swing around fast. Dow down to 13,435.53, S&P 500 down to 1,473.04, Nasdaq down to 2,599.34. [CNN]

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Retirement Assets Up 11%

by Luke Landes

According to a survey by the Investment Company Institute, retirement assets throughout the United States increased 11 percent in 2006 to a total of $16.4 trillion. That increase covers investment performance as well as transfers in and out of accounts. My retirement accounts grew 52 percent last year thanks mostly to my contributions. It’s easier to have ... Continue reading this article…

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Market Update: July 24, 2007

by Luke Landes

On paper, my investments lost over $1,000 today. S&P 500 down to 1,511.04, Dow down to 13,716.95, Nasdaq down to 2,639.86. [The Street]

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