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Some Hedge Funds Must Register

by Luke Landes

The Securities and Exchange Commission has ruled that most hedge funds must register with the organization, due to fraud and other drama in the industry. Some funds will be able to escape regulation with a designation as a “private fund.” From the New York Times article: “The new rule applies only to those funds that ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival of Debt Reduction

by Luke Landes

Welcome to Consumerism Commentary for the 20th edition of the Carnival of Debt Reduction! If you are new to this blog, take a look around. You may want to find out more about me or browse through a categorical “Best of 2005.” The Carnival of Debt Reduction is a living document that travels from week ... Continue reading this article…

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Around The Blogs

by Luke Landes

Let’s see what’s been happening around the blogosphere this week. * JLP from AllThingsFinancial describes the TurboTax Gift Reward Program and is still amazed by his sons. * Nickel from Five Cent Nickel recommends Kill-a-Watt for lowering electricity bills. * Jim from Blueprint lists words to avoid on resumes and notes the increase of salaries ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Rely on the DMV

by Luke Landes

If I can only leave one tip about cars, this may be the piece of wisdom I would choose. Do not rely on the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to remind you to renew your vehicle registration. Although they are supposed to send a reminder and renewal form in advance of the expiration, ... Continue reading this article…

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Friday Reading

by Luke Landes

* Don’t forget to submit your entries for the Carnival of Debt Reduction to me. * Glücklich Geburtstag, Herr Mozart! Sie sind nur zweihundert und fünfzig heute. Danke für alle Ihre Musik! * Sprint Nextel sues those companies selling phone records online. * Four ways to save on college costs. * Ford plant bans competitors’ ... Continue reading this article…

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Giving Incentives Away With The House

by Luke Landes

In order to keep from lowering their asking price, home sellers are adding extra incentives to draw attention to their houses. To attract buyers, sellers are offering cars, European trips, landscaping for a year, and even 42″ plasma televisions at no extra cost. It sounds to me like it’s getting tough to move houses by ... Continue reading this article…

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Portable Health Insurance

by Luke Landes

On the radio this morning listen to the report), the news anchor mentioned Bush would be proposing portable health care insurance in which workers can take your benefits with you from job to job. My gut says it sounds like a way to make insurance less costly for business and more costly for individuals.

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Economy Didn’t Grow As Much

by Luke Landes

The government’s gross domestic product (GDP) report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis says the economy grew only 1.1 percent (annualized) in the last quarter last year, down from 4.1 in the third quarter. That’s a significant plunge, and the rate’s lower than what most economists expected.

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Income Disparity by State

by Luke Landes

Incomes are going up somewhat, but they’re going up much faster for high-income families. A report by the Economic Policy Institute provides state-by-state details to show you just how much those in the executive suite are sweeping the floor with the underlings. CNN helpfully compiled the data into tables which allow you to drill through ... Continue reading this article…

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More Articles to Review

by Luke Landes

Here are some of the articles I’ve been reading since the last link dump. * The truth about Google and click fraud. Google expects some, so it’s built into the price. * Ameriprise notifies customers of data theft. They tried to recruit me to sell their financial products (full time job, not through this blog). ... Continue reading this article…

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