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FAIL: 1st National Bank of Nevada and First Heritage Bank

by Luke Landes

The FDIC has announced that two more banks failed yesterday, bringing the total this year to seven. 1st National Bank of Nevada and First Heritage Bank operate a total of 28 branches in Nevada, Arizona, and California. Neither of these banks was included in the list of the top ten banks likely to fail. Account ... Continue reading this article…

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Thrasher Funds on Today Show and Weekly Blog Roundup

by Luke Landes

As I write this roundup, the anchors of The Today Show mentioned they will soon present the founder of Thrasher Funds, an expensive mutual fund company designed to attract younger people towards investing, to offer financial advice for teenagers. I’ve noted before that the concept is good, but the execution is out of touch. It’ll ... Continue reading this article…

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Get Out of’s “Triple Advantage”

by Luke Landes is the heavily advertised company that offers “free” credit reports (if you sign up for a trial offer for their monitoring service with a monthly fee. They have huge billboards at Shea Stadium, where I will be tomorrow to see the (currently) first-placed Mets. Keep in mind that the place to get truly free ... Continue reading this article…

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HSBC Direct Extends 3.5% Rate Offer and More ING Direct Referrals Available

by Luke Landes

I received an email to inform me that HSBC Direct has extended its “promotional” interest rate on the online savings account of 3.5 percent APY to September 15, increasing this promotion by one month. I’m not sure what the difference is between a “promotional” rate and any other rate; as always, interest rates on savings account ... Continue reading this article…

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Advice From Robert Shiller: Don’t Be a Sheep

by Luke Landes

Robert Shiller, a professor of economics at Yale University, shares advice about investing he learned in graduate school. One needs to think antisocially to excel in investing, to resist the patterns of thinking that seem mysteriously to arrive simultaneously in the minds of millions of people around the world. People do not trust their own ... Continue reading this article…

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Stay Cool This Summer: Air Conditioner Alternatives

by Luke Landes

Rather than firing up the central air conditioning, you can keep it off or lower its power in the heat of the summer by exploring some of these low-cost alternatives. 1. Use fans. While fans don’t change the temperature of the air, they increase air movement, which will make you feel cooler by a few ... Continue reading this article…

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Advice From Bill Miller: Increase Your Money Without Working

by Luke Landes

Bill Miller, the manager of Legg Mason Value Trust, shares some advice about building wealth. [My father said...] “See this ‘plus .25′? That means that if you own one share of this company today, you have 25¢ more than you had yesterday.” I had come in from mowing the grass for three hours to earn ... Continue reading this article…

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What is Protected By the FDIC

by Luke Landes

October 6, 2008 Update: The FDIC has increased the maximum deposits covered under federal insurance. The new FDIC coverage limits are outlined here. Without getting too specific about the company I work for, a large company like mine has to make efficient use of its financial assets. Most of a company’s money should be invested ... Continue reading this article…

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Your Money in the Bank is Safe

by Luke Landes

Earlier this month, IndyMac, a bank and mortgage lender, collapsed, and through an interesting process the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) assumed responsibility of the bank’s deposit accounts. This collapse, only a few months after NetBank closed and its deposits were acquired by ING Direct, has people everywhere worrying about their money. The government and ... Continue reading this article…

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Have You Cut Your Expenses Due to Gas Prices?

by Luke Landes

A recent Nielsen study revealed that almost two-thirds of consumers in the United States, many more than those surveyed just one year ago, have cut back their expenses, specifically due to escalating gas prices. According to the study, which queried about 50,000 consumers during the first week of June, when regular gas averaged $3.98 per ... Continue reading this article…

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