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New ING Direct $25 Bonus Links Available

by Luke Landes

It has been awhile, but I now have a new set of $25 bonus referral links available for new customers of the ING Direct online savings account. ING Direct is currently, as of June 16, 2009, offering an interest rate yielding 1.5 percent APY on this savings account. Here is how this works. If you open ... Continue reading this article…

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Study: iPhone Users Are Younger, Richer and More Productive

by Luke Landes

According to a new study, employees who use iPhones are statistically wealthier, younger, and more productive at work that their counterparts who use other smartphones. 32,000 people were surveyed and placed into categories based on the type of mobile phone they own. They were then evaluated based on income, the cost of their monthly cell ... Continue reading this article…

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FDIC Steps In to Keep Ally Bank’s Interest Rates Lower

by Luke Landes

The American Bankers Association (ABA) has not been happy with Ally Bank. A few weeks ago, the organization on behalf of its member banks sent a letter to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation complaining about Ally’s interest rates. With Ally planning to receive bailout funds through its enrollment in the government’s Treasury Liquidity Guarantee Program ... Continue reading this article…

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Facial Recognition is for More Than Your Photos

by Smithee

Most of the time when you hear the term “facial recognition,” it’s used by people trying to attract you to a new digital camera, or software, or a plugin for Facebook. On an individual level, it’s little more than a way to help your camera focus, or group and search your photos. But if you’re ... Continue reading this article…

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Estimated Income Tax Payment Due

by Luke Landes

As you are reading this, if you are in fact reading on the same day this was written, both the federal and New Jersey government are reaching deep into my bank accounts. At the end of the day, I will find myself worth several thousand dollars less than at the beginning of the day. Today ... Continue reading this article…

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Changes to Student Loans Coming July 1

by Luke Landes

While it’s great to avoid debt whenever possible, if you have to deal with federal student loans, including Stafford and PLUS loans, you might qualify for some better deals starting July 1. Interest rates will be at the lowest rates in years. If you can consolidate, lock in rates after July 1. They will be ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 8: Greg Grunberg on iPhone App Yowza!! and TalkAboutIt

by Luke Landes

Today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast features an interview with Greg Grunberg, star of the NBC television series Heroes and drummer in Band From TV, a celebrity band to benefit charities. Greg, Tom Dziubek, and I discuss Yowza!!, the new iPhone (and iPod Touch) app for saving money co-created by Greg. We also discuss Greg’s roles as ... Continue reading this article…

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Consumer Reports Exposes Cool Surge’s Misleading Claims

by Luke Landes

The Cool Surge portable air conditioner claims, in full-page newspaper advertisements that look like newspaper articles, to reduce the temperature of an average room by “up to ten degrees” using as much energy as a 60-watt lightbulb. Other air conditioners often use 500 watts or more, so it sounds like this device might be worth ... Continue reading this article…

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President Obama Proposes Executive Pay Legislation

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, the White House announced new plans for letting investors have a say in executive compensation. With this proposal, shareholders of all public companies will be able to vote on the pay levels of the companies’ highest paid senior management. This sounds like a better plan than allowing the government to set absolute compensation limits, ... Continue reading this article…

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Microsoft Money Will Be Discontinued

by Luke Landes

Microsoft is ending its support of Microsoft Money, the desktop financial management software that feebly competed with Intuit Quicken. This comes as no surprise to me. Microsoft appeared to have given up on the Money product several years ago. Personally, I switched from Microsoft Money to Quicken in 2004. Although I was happy with Microsoft ... Continue reading this article…

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