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Market Update: July 23, 2007

by Luke Landes

Bill Fleckenstein is seeing signs of a bubble. S&P 500 up to 1,540.92, Dow up to 13,934.56, Nasdaq up to 2,690.85. [CNN]

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Best Credit Cards for Airline Miles

by Luke Landes

If you use credit cards for regular expenses rather than excessive spending and pay your balance off each month, you should be getting something back for the money you’re making for the credit card companies. Some of the options out there include cash back, 0 percent APR balance transfers, 0 percent APR on purchases, and sign-up bonuses. ... Continue reading this article…

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August Vacation in Boston: Any Suggestions?

by Luke Landes

In a few weeks, I will be traveling to Boston to take a short break from everyday life. A. and I will be driving up to Boston by way of Newport, Rhode Island to do some sight seeing, relaxing, and enjoying a bit of New England. So far, we have plans to tour a few ... Continue reading this article…

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The Selling of the American Wedding

by Luke Landes

Laura Rowley writes about a new book, One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding, by Rebecca Mead, which exposes the “wedding industry” and the myths of historical precedent the industry invented.

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Market Update, July 19, 2007

by Luke Landes

The Dow closed over 14,000 at 14,000.41 today. When do you think it will close over 15,000? One cookie to someone who guesses correctly. S&P 500 at 1,553.08, Nasdaq at 2,720.04. [Reuters]

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Do You Blame the Market’s Downturn

by Luke Landes

Do you blame the market’s downturn today on Ben Bernanke’s comments? Does he really control the market in the short term or are his comments inconsequential? S&P 500 at 1,546.17, Dow at 13,918.22, Nasdaq at 2,699.49. [Yahoo Finance]

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New York Philharmonic

by Luke Landes

My girlfriend, some other friends, and I will be attending tonight’s free New York Philharmonic concert in Central Park. We’ll be in the “VIP” section thanks to our friend who works for the organization. Hopefully it will be a nice evening — I’m looking forward to the music and fireworks.

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4 Great Rewards Credit Cards for Drivers

by Luke Landes

Here are several credit cards the provide the best rewards for drivers through rebates on gas purchases as well as a few other benefits. It’s difficult to find good credit cards as the companies are pulling back their offerings. If you’re interested in making the most out of your money, jump on these offers before ... Continue reading this article…

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Second Quarter 401(k) Results Are In

by Luke Landes

According to the statement I received in the mail, my 401(k) investments returned a healthy 6.56 percent return (not annualized) over the second quarter. For the year so far, that’s 10.31 percent. I’m pretty happy with these results considering I changed my contribution instructions to be a little more conservative a few months ago as the stock ... Continue reading this article…

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Market Records

by Luke Landes

Third day in a row with market records, but not on all indexes at closing. Toby thinks I’m crazy for thinking “bubble,” but I’m not really thinking it anyway. S&P 500 at 1,549.52, Dow at 13,950.98, Nasdaq at 2,697.33. [Yahoo Finance]

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Financial Lessons from Television Fiction: The Office

by Luke Landes

Now that my new cable company is providing me with the works for less than $15 a month, including a digital video recorder, I find myself wasting more time watching television while doing other work. One of the shows I can’t get enough of is The Office. While the characters are a bit exaggerated, there ... Continue reading this article…

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Another Day, Another Record

by Luke Landes

Another day, another record in the stock market. Records always make me think “bubble.” S&P 500 at 1,553.35, Dow at 13,916.19, Nasdaq at 2,704.22. [CNN Money]

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The Market Broke

by Luke Landes

The market broke all kinds of records today. My investment accounts are flying high (relatively speaking) for the time being. S&P 500 at 1,547.70, Dow at 13,861.73, Nasdaq at 2,701.73. [Bloomberg]

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The World’s Most Expensive Cities

by Luke Landes

New York is no longer in this top ten list. It’s the world’s most expensive cities, and New York City has dropped several spaces thanks to the fluctuation of currencies. Here are the top 20. # Moscow # London # Seoul # Tokyo # Hong Kong # Copenhagen # Geneva # Osaka # Zurich # ... Continue reading this article…

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I’ve Surpassed My First Significant Milestone

by Luke Landes

If you’re an astute visitor to Consumerism Commentary (and visit the blog rather than reading the RSS feed in your own reader) you may have noticed that my net worth widget in the upper right hand corner of this page, which measures the computation I now call my modified net worth, has surpassed $100,000. At ... Continue reading this article…

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Again, Credit Cards vs. Debit Cards: Identity Protection

by Luke Landes

My post the other day on 5 Good Reasons to Avoid Debit Cards stirred up some discussion on the lack of consumer protection offered by debit cards. The bottom line is that after a fraudulent charge on your debit card, your money is gone from your checking account until first you notice a transaction was ... Continue reading this article…

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NetFlix Lowered its Price

by Luke Landes

Back in January I was seriously considering canceling my Netflix subscription. I wasn’t making much use of it for a while, but they continued to charge me every month. Rather than getting rid of the service, I simply decided to watch the movies more often. I’ve been an active user ever since writing about my ... Continue reading this article…

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$250 Bonus for American Express Business Gold Rewards Card

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. I just received a notice that the American Express Business Gold Rewards Card has increased its sign-on bonus from $50 to $250. I’ve updated my list of credit cards with bonuses with the new information. The $250 bonus is in ... Continue reading this article…

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Reader Question: Should I Have a Roth IRA?

by Luke Landes

While I like to answer readers’ questions to the best of my knowledge, please keep in mind that I am not a financial professional. If you have questions, feel free to contact me. Any questions for which I can’t provide a detailed answer, I often just open the conversation up for discussion, as I know ... Continue reading this article…

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Poisonous Toothpaste in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland

by Luke Landes

If you purchase Colgate toothpaste in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Maryland, take a good look at the packaging first. In some discount stores, counterfeit products are showing up. These fake products are said to contain a poisonous chemical. It should be fairly easy to tell whether the product is legitimate. The fakes include ... Continue reading this article…

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