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Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express Review

by Luke Landes

The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express is continually one of the best-reviewed cards from this issuer and card owners are most likely to rate highly on customer satisfaction surveys. The card offers excellent incentives and a low interest rate. New cardmembers of the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express can ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Choose the Best Savings Account

by Luke Landes

Born in the 1970s, I didn’t get to experience the days when anyone with a bank account could earn 18 percent APY in their savings. When I started being aware of interest rates — something that didn’t happen for me until I was out of college, struggling to earn a living, and thinking of a savings ... Continue reading this article…

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Reverse Foreclosure: Man Seizes Bank of America’s Assets

by Luke Landes

Imagine this: You, accompanied by the sheriff’s deputies, walk into your local Bank of America branch. You tell the sheriff to remove cash from the tellers’ drawers and seize the branch’s furniture and computers. It’s like a dream come true, especially for someone who has been on the receiving end of a bank’s foreclosure. Now ... Continue reading this article…

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Upromise Review

by Luke Landes

Upromise takes the concept of earning cash back on everyday purchases and aligns this benefit with saving for college or paying off student loan debt. You buy groceries anyway; Upromise helps you earn cash back on what you buy and use that money for your education expenses, the education of a relative, or for any ... Continue reading this article…

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Life After Salary: 401(k) Rollover Complete

by Luke Landes

In late April, I described the process for rolling over a 401(k), and last week, I finally got around to doing it myself. I quit my day job nearly six months ago, and I’m slowly unwinding all of my employer-related investments. My 401(k) was worth about $106,000 and was my largest investment account, so I ... Continue reading this article…

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Student Checking Accounts Comparison, May 2012

by Luke Landes

As we head into summer, thousands of young adults will be heading to college for the first time. It’s important to get started on the right financial foot, and a free student checking account is an essential tool, particularly when combined with a savings account. Obtaining a student checking account that’s convenient for both students ... Continue reading this article…

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Avoid Late-Night Infomercial Scams

by Luke Landes

I’m usually awake late at night, and I’ve occasionally helped myself shut out distracting noise late at night by keeping the television audio on at a low volume. Invariably, the late night programming is centered around show-length commercials for a variety of products. Kitchen devices seem to be some of the most popular products sold ... Continue reading this article…

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Beat the Market By Lying

by Luke Landes

Selling newsletters offering stock-picking advice is a big business. This is how sites like The Motley Fool survive, and it’s also a big draw for products carrying Jim Cramer’s name. You may remember Jim Cramer from such CNBC entertainment broadcasts as “Mad Money.” This is a fun show where Jim runs around, punches in sound ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 111: The Money Coach, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, also known as The Money Coach. Lynnette discusses many topics including how to set financial boundaries with friends and family, written and unwritten rules about credit and also tips on how to teach children the value of money. Consumerism Commentary Podcast #111 The ... Continue reading this article…

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Start Looking for and Collecting These Coins Now

by Luke Landes

Throughout recent American history, the metals used by the U.S. Mint to create coins for circulation have increased in value relative to the currency. As a result, at certain points, the Mint changed the metal composition of coins to ensure the government would still make money on production. In 1982, when the amount of copper ... Continue reading this article…

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