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True Earnings® Card from Costco and American Express $25 Cash Back Bonus

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. One of the best cash back credit cards available today, the True® Earnings Card from Costco and American Express can earn cardholders an immense amount of rewards, just for everyday purchases. Now, with a $25 cash back bonus opportunity, just ... Continue reading this article…

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Which Wine Do I Want to Buy?

by Smithee

I enjoy a good glass of wine, but I don’t know how to find one. I haven’t been buying wine long enough to have memorized a group of “go to” bottles. I probably made the mistake of buying Bolla Pinot Noir three times before I finally learned that I don’t like it. Between my unreliable ... Continue reading this article…

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Pregnant Women Are Liabilities to Mortgage Lenders

by Luke Landes
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Here’s the message conservative lenders are sending: Don’t have a baby if you want to qualify for a mortgage. On maternity leave or paternity leave, it’s common for a family’s income to drop. If income during the leave is classified as disability income, mortgages look at this income as temporary, and they often don’t consider ... Continue reading this article…

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P/E Ratios

by Luke Landes

I’m not a skilled investor, particularly when it comes to short-term prognostication, and my long-term track record has yet to be established considering my first investing decision was less than ten years ago. I don’t invest in many individual stocks. My 401(k) includes company stock as part of my employer’s matching contribution, and I opted ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 65: New “Goals” Feature at Mint, Saving Money at a Ball Game

by Luke Landes

Today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast features two interviews. In the first segment, Tom Dziubek speaks with Aaron Patzer, founder of Mint and Rob Garcia, Director of Product Strategy at Lending Club about Mint’s new “Goals” feature and their related partnership with Lending Club. Then, Tom talks with Consumerism Commentary founder Flexo about different ... Continue reading this article…

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The New Financial Regulation Law and Your Money

by Smithee

Flexo posted a good review of the major changes in the Wall Street Reform bill that passed through Congress yesterday, and mentioned that it will be some time before we know exactly how the regulations which are now possible will be written. But there are some reasonable guesses we can make, and I thought it ... Continue reading this article…

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SmartMoney’s Top 10 Discount Brokers

by Luke Landes

Discount brokers are everywhere. Not long ago, only a few companies offered the ability to trade stocks with low commissions. If you wanted to trade with a full-service brokerage, it might have cost $30 for each transaction. For this fee, you would talk with a broker assigned to your account, who would help you make ... Continue reading this article…

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George Steinbrenner’s Heirs Inherit $1 Billion Tax Free

by Luke Landes

Whether or not you believe the New York Yankees have seen successful years because of or in spite of the team’s fabled owner, George Steinbrenner, you have to admit he has good, though of course unfortunate, timing. If the tax laws don’t change, or if they do change but are not deemed retroactive, through his ... Continue reading this article…

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Payday Loans Fees and Interest Rates: Fair Comparison?

by Luke Landes

I consider payday loans one of the worst forms of debt. That being said, in states where these services are still legal, they provide a way for struggling individuals to afford necessities like food and housing until their next paycheck, for a fee. Unfortunately, many borrowers don’t simply use their paycheck to pay back the ... Continue reading this article…

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Verifying Funds on Checks, 2010 Edition

by Smithee

Last May we found a list of the biggest American banks and investigated each to find if it was possible to verify funds on a customer’s check over the phone. For example, you’re a landlord and you want to know if your iffy tenant, who banks somewhere different than you, wrote you a bad check. ... Continue reading this article…

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