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News and Blogs: Wednesday, November 12, 2008

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Seeking Guest Authors for the Week of November 23. I’m looking for a few writers to provide a small number of articles later this month while I am in California. While I’ll be blogging somewhat regularly during this time, I like to use this week every year to feature writing by other authors. If you are interested, and you don’t have to be a blogger, please read this information.

Secrets of Their Success. Malcolm Gladwell talks about his new book, Outliers: The Story of Success. I’m adding this to my wish list, having liked Blink by the same author.

10 Things Hospital CEOs Won’t Tell You. Don’t forget that hospitals are businesses, not just a public service. Even non-profits need to make money.

American Express Asks U.S. for $3.5 Billion. AmEx is the next company looking to convert its corporate structure. It will become a bank holding company to take advantage of protections now offered by the government.

Banks Boost Customer Fees to Record Highs. Late last month, I provided some suggestions for avoiding overdraft fees and Consumerism Commentary readers provided additional suggestions. It’s not just the overdraft fees that are increasing. Banks are doing everything within their power to charge customers more for the same features. The Wall Street Journal has similar suggestions for getting around fees. I particularly like the suggestion to change banks if you don’t like your current bank’s policy.

Is It Crazy to Spend $1000 a Month Buying DVDs? Although we often try not to judge other people’s spending, it’s hard to avoid, particularly when the details are provided for everyone to read in the New York Times. If I purchased 50 DVDs every month, I may not be so willing to admit it in the New York Times.

Goodwill Adjustment Letters. If you ask nicely, petitioning your creditors, you may be able to have negative items removed from your credit reports! Here is a goodwill adjustment letter template that you can edit to suit your needs.

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Updated June 21, 2011 and originally published November 12, 2008. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes, also known as Flexo, is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about him and follow Luke Landes on Twitter. View all articles by .

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