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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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Turn Off Your Air Conditioner and Save Summer Money

by Luke Landes

Last week, the New York metropolitan area experiences a heat wave with temperatures above 100°F for several days. The hazy, hot, and humid weather kept people in the air-conditioned indoors as much as possible. Con Edison, the power company that provides electricity to New York City, called customers asking them to preserve energy by turning ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Build Credit

by Luke Landes

In a perfect world for a consumer, no one would need credit. There would be enough time to earn and save money before needing a car or a house. Credit cards would be used only for cash back rewards and other bonuses, and no one would ever pay interest. There would be no such thing ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 64: Taking Control of Your Finances, Flexo

by Luke Landes

In today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks with Flexo about his recommended steps for people to take control of their personal finances. Among the things Flexo talks about are the importance of self-awareness, taking an inventory of your personal finances, tracking your money and getting out of debt. Consumerism Commentary Podcast ... Continue reading this article…

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Flexo’s Investment Portfolio, 2Q 2010

by Luke Landes

Last quarter, almost all of my investments were experiencing positive performance. Three months can make a big difference. My investments tell a different story today. One thing has not changed since last quarter: my company stock continues to do well, even when the broader stock market is in decline. This was not my best performing ... Continue reading this article…

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YouTube Leanback: Another Option for Free TV

by Smithee

This week YouTube released a beta of an interface called Leanback, open for anyone to try right now. It starts out full-screen and immediately starts playing videos it thinks would interest you based on your YouTube contacts’ activities like rating and choosing favorites. I presume it will also, if it doesn’t already, suggest videos based ... Continue reading this article…

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Rich Homeowners More Likely to Walk Away From Mortgages

by Luke Landes

When it comes to walking away from a house and mortgage, wealthy homeowners are doing their part. Not only are those with a $1 million net worth or above more likely to stop payments, but they are also more likely to see their home as an investment and cut their losses. Of homeowners with a ... Continue reading this article…

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Discover® More Card $75 Cash Back Bonus

by Luke Landes

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Financial Services Companies Get Ready for Boomers

by Luke Landes

The Baby Boomer Generation consists of Americans born between about 1946 and about 1964. Many individuals in this generation are approaching the typical retirement age, as defined by the U.S. government’s tax and benefit policies. While some are delaying their retirement thanks in part to recent poor stock market performance, underfunded nest eggs, and the ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, June 2010 ($340,741, -1.1%)

by Luke Landes

July will mark the seventh anniversary of Consumerism Commentary. These seven years I’ve been tracking my finances online to keep myself accountable for my financial decisions. In 2003, there was no such thing as a “personal finance blog community;” this arose out of the desire of a few of us to track our finances in ... Continue reading this article…

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