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Whoo Hoo: Washington Mutual Next to Fail?

by Luke Landes

Shares in Washington Mutual, the country’s largest savings and loan bank, dropped over 30 percent in one day due to fears that this institution will be the next in a series of failures of financial companies. WaMu holds $310 billion in assets, a huge amount of deposits. The FDIC, which might step in to take over ... Continue reading this article…

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Introducing Fuelly

by Smithee

Fuelly is a new, free online service which helps you track your mileage. It pays attention to what kind of car you’re driving, how much you’re spending, and creates helpful charts to let you know whether your mileage is improving or declining over time. It has great support for mobile browsers, which is exactly what ... Continue reading this article…

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FNBO Direct Giving Away $25,000 to Customers

by Luke Landes

Liz Pullliam Weston, author and personal financial columnist, has teamed up with FNBO Direct (the online savings arm of First National Bank of Omaha) to sponsor a contest called “Pay Yourself First” in which five winners will each receive $5,000. Those who wished to participate sent in a one-minute video about why they save money ... Continue reading this article…

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Seized by the Government: Likely Results

by Luke Landes

Fannie Mae (the Federal National Mortgage Association) and Freddie Mac (the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation) are companies that buy mortgages from lenders. Those lenders, by selling loans to the companies, have more cash on hand to lend to other individuals. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac then “repackage” the mortgages and sell them as securities ... Continue reading this article…

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Comparing McCain and Obama’s Tax Plans

by Smithee

American Presidential elections are a great big spectacle of promises, speeches, mud slinging, rumors, misinformation and debates. A lot of people make their decisions based on soft aspects like a candidate’s personality. I like to look for the hard numbers that you won’t find on the nightly news, and I found a good summary of ... Continue reading this article…

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ING Direct $25 Bonus Referrals Updated and MoneyBlogNetwork Roundup

by Luke Landes

Consumerism Commentary readers have supplied more ING Direct bonus referral links to help other readers earn $25 for opening a new ING Direct Orange Savings Account. Additionally, I’ve sent emails to the first group of readers on the current waiting list to request more links. If you’re on the waiting list, start checking your email ... Continue reading this article…

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Get a $25 Bonus With the Amex True Earnings Card

by Luke Landes

The offer you are interested in has expired. Read our review of the True Earnings Card From Costco and American Express.

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by Luke Landes

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How to Deal With Unpredictable Income

by Luke Landes

One of my concerns with the possibility of leaving my day job and pursuing self-employment through writing and managing websites is the unpredictable income. At the extreme, my biggest concern is the idea that it’s quite possible that the income could drop off permanently due to forces beyond my control. But even if that doesn’t ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, August 2008 (Net Income: $11,582)

by Luke Landes

I mentioned in my August net worth report that there were three main reasons for my 7.7 percent increase. One reason was the stock market, which slightly lifted some of my investments. The other two reasons should be apparent from the income and expense report that is included in this post. My net income for the ... Continue reading this article…

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