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Stock Market in Sharp Decline, Stocks on Sale?

by Luke Landes

Because I believe this economic crisis will end within the next few years or sooner, I took today’s 777+ point decline in the Dow and 8.8 percent decline in the S&P 500 as a sign that the stock market, as a whole is on sale. I opened an individual brokerage account at Vanguard after market hours ... Continue reading this article…

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House Rejects Bailout Bill

by Luke Landes

The stock market was hoping for good news today regarding the bailout bill. When the House of Representatives voted down the proposal which had support from only 60 percent of Democrats and 30 percent of Republicans, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 Index, and the price of oil dropped sharply. With pressure from the Executive branch, ... Continue reading this article…

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The $700 Bailout Bill Proposed By the Senate is Not Good Enough

by Luke Landes

In the original version of this article, I was under the impression that the Senate had passed this bill already. It hasn’t; they have only just released the details to the public. A vote will come later. Over the weekend as I watched the Mets end a frustrating season with a disappointing final series, the ... Continue reading this article…

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More ING Direct Bonuses Available and Weekend Blog Roundup

by Luke Landes

Once again, I’ve refreshed the list of ING Direct $25 bonus codes. This bonus is available to anyone looking to open a new account at ING Direct, one of the most popular high-yield savings accounts. These bonus codes are provided by Consumerism Commentary readers. Thanks to everyone who has helped another reader by sending in ... Continue reading this article…

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FNBO Direct Savings Account Opening and Review

by Luke Landes

While I’m generally happy with my ING Direct account for a good portion of my savings, I’m looking to spread the money around to take advantage of some higher interest rates. One of the banks I’ve targeted is FNBO Direct, the online arm of First National Bank of Omaha, currently offering 0.70 percent interest yield as ... Continue reading this article…

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Washington Mutual Acquisition: What Happens to Savings Accounts?

by Luke Landes

Late Thursday night, JPMorgan Chase confirmed that it has acquired the deposits (bank accounts), assets, and “certain liabilities” of Washington Mutual. The acquisition has created the largest depository institution in the United States, with over $900 billion in bank accounts alone. WaMu branches will become Chase branches as the acquisition progresses over the next two ... Continue reading this article…

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Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Passes the House

by Smithee

I didn’t think this was even already in motion, but I’m happy to report that the proposed “Bill of Rights” for credit card-holders (which is almost every adult) passed through the House of Representatives by a huge margin: 312 to 112. It’s amazing that 112 Representatives would even vote against such a thing, which has ... Continue reading this article…

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Charitable Giving: A Case of Bad Market Timing

by Luke Landes

I made a mistake, and I should have known better. Last year, I struggled with coming up with a needy non-profit organization that I felt I should support through charitable giving. The indecision stems from the desire to contribute to an organization with a mission that reflected one of my passions and the lack of ... Continue reading this article…

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FBI Investigating Lehman Brothers, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and AIG

by Luke Landes

Thanks to Matt from Web Developer Guru who just a few minutes ago wrote in to let me know about this latest development. The FBI is investigating the financial firms primarily involved with the recent economic collapse, Lehman Brothers, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and American International Group (AIG), and those who have been running these ... Continue reading this article…

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Got Tips for Consumerism Commentary?

by Luke Landes

If you come across an interesting, article, study, or video, and you’d like to see it discussed on Consumerism Commentary, feel free to send an email to tips at this email address. While I can’t write about everyone’s suggestion, I try to pick a few to focus on. I also receive a fair amount of ... Continue reading this article…

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