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Wealth and Affluence

Get Rich By Thinking About Being Rich

by Luke Landes

In her new book, Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference, the author, Cordelia Fine cites studies that show how our lives are affected directly by the labels we give ourselves. I’m not interested in the strictly gender-related aspects of this discussion, at least not for Consumerism Commentary, but I am ... Continue reading this article…

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Last Year: Return of the Millionaires

by Luke Landes
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According to the latest World Wealth Report, a study designed by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, last year was a good year for high net-worth individuals (HNWIs), people with more than $1 million in investable assets. After a few years of lagging due to the global recession, the number of millionaires worldwide has climbed past the ... Continue reading this article…

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How Much Money Do You Need to Feel Wealthy?

by Luke Landes
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Last week, I wrote about a study that evaluates the most important issues for wealthy people, and a new study released recently, sponsored by Fidelity, also takes a look at the attitudes of the super-rich. If I were to have $1 million in investible assets — the value of what I have available to invest ... Continue reading this article…

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The Worries and Concerns of the Super Rich

by Luke Landes

A Boston College study recently looked at the community of the “super rich,” defined in this case as households with a net worth above $25 million. The purpose was to determine whether wealth, or more specifically, absolute financial security, resulted in fulfillment. There have been numerous studies on wealth and happiness, and often, the results ... Continue reading this article…

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When Did I Become a Millionaire?

by Luke Landes
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At some point within the past couple of years, I became a millionaire. There was no party, no celebration. In fact, it was clearly a non-event, considering I have no idea when it might have happened. If you’ve been tracking my financial progress monthly with me, you may be a little confused. After all, my ... Continue reading this article…

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How To Lose $10 Million Fast

by Luke Landes
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On Thanksgiving, the New York Times published a story about a man who had a check for $14 million ten years ago — $10 million after taxes — and who now has little to his name (Nick Martin). It’s not the sort of uplifting, family-focused feature article you usually see around the holidays, but people ... Continue reading this article…

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The Madoff Name Premium

by Luke Landes

On Saturday, an auction in New York featured items once owned by Bernard Madoff. The auction raised over $900,000, beating expectations. Once combined with proceeds from another auction later this week, it’s likely that this money will go to investors who were burned by Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Here are some of the items that received ... Continue reading this article…

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Let’s Stop Envying Millionaires

by Luke Landes

It is a shame that people are still fascinated with the idea of being a millionaire. According to an online etymology dictionary, the word “millionaire” was first seen in print in 1826, a year when having a net worth of one million dollars was an amazing accomplishment. An inflation calculator puts this into perspective; $1,000,000 ... Continue reading this article…

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How Will You Divide Your Wealth Among Your Heirs?

by Luke Landes

We spend our life in modern society accumulating Things and possibly accumulating money. When you take a step back and look at life on the larger scale, money is not a goal in isolation. We strive to accumulate wealth not to die with our names in various banks’ computers associated with high numbers. There must ... Continue reading this article…

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Why Be Wealthy? Focus on Real Goals, Not Net Worth

by Luke Landes

Even though I share my financial reports every month, I don’t see increasing my financial wealth as a goal. The accumulation of money is not a destination. I am not aiming for any particular measure of financial worth, such as ten million dollars of net worth or one million dollars of passive income each year. ... Continue reading this article…

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How Liz Pulliam Weston Became a Millionaire

by Luke Landes

Let’s face it: if she (and her husband) can, you can, too! While acknowledging that a million bucks ain’t what it used to be, Liz, a columnist for MSN Money, shared her secrets about how her family’s net worth climbed to $1,000,000. There were no game shows or “reality” TV appearances. According to Liz, here ... Continue reading this article…

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Dave and Annie Hall, Future Millionaires

by Luke Landes

CNN Money has yet another profile of a couple, Dave and Annie Hall, on their way to $1M in net worth. The couple’s income is $120,000 and they budget wiseley. Much of their net worth is in their home and other investment property, which is the same story shared by many of the subjects of ... Continue reading this article…

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Future Millionaires

by Luke Landes

I’ve been following CNN Money‘s Millionaires in the Making series for some time now. Deshundra Jefferson has posted a new profile online. The featured couple, Ryan and Danielle Quilling, are saving their way towards millionaire status. Danielle is 25 and Ryan 27. They have no credit card debt; the only debt they have is their ... Continue reading this article…

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Nine Millionaires

by Luke Landes

I believe that this article from MSN Money is better than most of CNN Money‘s “Millionaire in the Making” stories. This article profiles nine individuals and the stories behind their first million dollars. Only one of them has anything to do with real estate; they are mostly stories of taking a chance with an idea ... Continue reading this article…

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Join the Army, Get Rich

by Luke Landes

Finally CNN Money has listened to my ranting and posted a Millionaire in the Making article about a single person rather than a couple. I don’t have any commentary other than that.

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The Millionaire Myth

by Luke Landes

MM from PFBlog posted a link to an article by Dustin Woodward, a Webmaster/Researcher for an investment advisory firm, called What it Takes to Be a Millionaire. (That’s the name of the article, not the firm.) It turns out the process is simple — start saving early and rely on compounding interest. There is a ... Continue reading this article…

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Having a Six-Figure Salary Doesn’t Hurt (But I Wouldn’t Know)

by Luke Landes

In this article from CNN Money, Marc and Elesya cite MONEY Magazine (CNN Money’s offline counterpart) with helping them determine their strategies for building their net worth. You know, it would be great to see some stories about poor schlubs like me just trying to get by in a mediocre-paying job renting an apartment by ... Continue reading this article…

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Catching Up

by Luke Landes

There have been many articles I’ve wanted to link to in the past week and a half or so, but I just haven’t really had too much time to do so. Here’s another millionaire in the making story from CNN Money. The couple are avid savers. Of course, the biggest help they have is having ... Continue reading this article…

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Another Young Millionaire

by Luke Landes

Here’s another one of CNN Money’s Millionare stories. Blah blah blah. Guy doesn’t go to college, now he and his wife are making $300,000 in real estate. It would be nice to earn that kind of money… but I just couldn’t bring myself to be a real estate salesman, or any kind of salesman. No ... Continue reading this article…

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Into The Woodses

by Luke Landes

Once again, here’s another Millionaire in the Making story where most of the money is based on property ownership. One of their properties, a condominium, was foreclosed when their broker found it for them. That’s a great way to save some money in many cases. I like the fact the couple met online. That’s more ... Continue reading this article…

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