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Midweek Roundup: Roth IRA Limits, Baby Bonds, and Beer

by Luke Landes

Here are some articles I’ve enjoyed recently from around the blogosphere. Dear Politicians: Please Adjust Roth IRA Limits for Areas of High Cost Living. Lazy Man and Money: “We obviously make a lot of money, but, living here, we pay a lot of it too.” Strategies for Survival on an Entry-Level Salary. Penelope Trunk: “If ... Continue reading this article…

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Is Ticket Scalping Fair?

by Luke Landes

Parents are complaining about the high price of tickets for Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus concerts thanks to scalpers. Like any popular event, whether a concert or sporting event, ticket brokers buy tickets early on — somehow — and resell them with a huge mark-up. Is it fair? I don’t think so, but not for the typical ... Continue reading this article…

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Sports Team Disappointment: A Customer Service Issue?

by Luke Landes

It never struck my mind when the Mets blew their chances of October baseball this past weekend, during their downward spiral in the last several weeks, or even following the game I attended during which the team lost, that I should call the ownership and complain about the service provided to me as a paying ... Continue reading this article…

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Monthly Reminder: Subscribe to Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

By subscribing to our RSS feed, you’ll always be aware of new content here, whether from me or Sasha. If you use Google Reader for reading news and blogs like I do, you can easily subscribe using this special link. Another option is to get the latest blog entries in your e-mail inbox. It’s all ... Continue reading this article…

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Contest: $100,000 to Rename “Retirement”

by Luke Landes

If you’re creative with words (and perhaps video), SmartMoney has a contest for you. The magazine wants to come up with another term for “retirement,” considering how its meaning has changed over the years. Today’s retirees are more active than ever, moving forward with their lives and pursuing a wide variety of interests and passions. ... Continue reading this article…

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The Great Pumpkin and Pumpkin Economy

by Sasha

Yesterday, at the local CSA farm I belong to, I couldn’t help but smile at the young boy who dragged his mother eagerly round and round the bins of big orange pumpkins which were part of our share for the week. “Are you the Great Pumpkin? Are you?” he’d announce, addressing the giant orange orbs ... Continue reading this article…

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This Month in the Archives: Rich Americans, Side Business Income, New York Salaries, and More

by Luke Landes

If you’re a new reader to Consumerism Commentary, you may have missed some articles from September in prior years. Here are a few from the past. From the second half of September 2006: * FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People * 36 percent Say They Use a Financial Advisor * My MBA at the University ... Continue reading this article…

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Company Might Not Get Its Money From NetBank

by Luke Landes

I mentioned yesterday that NetBank melted down and was taken over by ING Direct. Most customers will have a seamless transition, but not everyone. Applied Cognetics, a small business, held about $1 million in deposits at NetBank. They won’t be able to access that money for quite some time — if they ever get paid ... Continue reading this article…

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Where Did You Come From, Where Did You Go (September 2007)

by Luke Landes

Thanks to the following blogs or websites (not including RSS readers or search engines) who sent the most visitors to Consumerism Commentary during the month of September. # Get Rich Slowly # The Simple Dollar # Blueprint for Financial Prosperity # MoneyBlogNetwork Home # AllFinancialMatters # FiveCentNickel # Free Money Finance # Consumerist # No ... Continue reading this article…

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First ING Direct, Then HSBC Direct, and Now Emigrant Direct

by Luke Landes

Emigrant Direct is the next bank to drop its interest rate on its customers. Who’s next?

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