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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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Baseball Cards Aren’t Fun Anymore

by Luke Landes

Back in the late 1980s, I collected baseball cards just like millions of other kids. That’s around the same time that popularity of baseball card collecting skyrocketed and the producers of cards — and Major League Baseball — ruined the hobby, never to recover. Taking advantage of collector — and even investor — interest, the ... Continue reading this article…

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GnuCash: Free Software for Balancing Your Checkbook (and More)

by Luke Landes

Nicholas emailed me with this question. I’m trying to find some kind of free accounting software for balancing my checkbook, and that sort of thing. I already use, but it isn’t much good if I plan on writing a check, or if I want to create a recurring transaction. I don’t need something to ... Continue reading this article…

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Is it Finally Time for Market Optimism?

by Luke Landes

The Dow and the S&P 500 indexes were both up 2.5 percent and the Nasdaq index was up 3.1 percent today. Is this a sign of things to come? I wouldn’t mind if it were. My 401(k) has been decimated this year. That’s a literal decimation, a reduction of 10 percent of its value. Based on the short ... Continue reading this article…

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5 Years of Consumerism Commentary: What Would You Like to See Here?

by Luke Landes

Five years ago today, on July 16, 2003, I began Consumerism Commentary, writing a short post about myself, the purpose of this website, and my first “public” financial update. By that time, I was about a year and a half into a corporate job, a change from my previous non-profit, arts-related life. I had already ... Continue reading this article…

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2007 New Jersey Homestead Rebate: Receive Up to $2,000

by Luke Landes

Homeowners in New Jersey are eligible for a partial rebate of property taxes paid. If you owned and lived in a house in New Jersey on October 1, 2007, you are eligible. Renters like me are eligible for a separate rebate up to $860. If you haven’t received an application, you should shortly. The state ... Continue reading this article…

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Earn the Most in New Canaan, Connecticut

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine released the results of the publication’s survey of the towns with the highest median household income. New Canaan, Connecticut tops the list with a median income of $231,138. Considering a move to help your income go farther? Don’t choose one of these locales. Considering a move to be closer to culture, leisure, and ... Continue reading this article…

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More ING Direct $25 Bonus Referrals

by Luke Landes

This is a quick Sunday night note to say that I’ve refreshed the list of $25 bonus referrals for new customers this evening. These appear to be going rather quickly and I try to keep the list updated with fresh links. For the Orange Savings Account referrals, I have on several occasions asked readers to ... Continue reading this article…

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