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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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Participation Requested

by Luke Landes

One thing we would like to accomplish with the MoneyBlogNetwork is to spotlight other wonderful blogs covering personal finance. AllThingsFinancial is spearheading the campaign, so if you’re a blogger and you’d like your website to be featured, visit AllThingsFinancial and send an email to JLP. Here’s another chance for bloggers to participate: Next Monday, I’ll ... Continue reading this article…

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Tax Filing Time, I’m Going To Owe

by Luke Landes

I’ve begun receiving my 1099s and W2s, and that means it must be tax time. Jeff Schnepper steps right in to provide me with 15 quick points to motivate me to get my taxes done and done well. For the past several years, I’ve been filing my taxes online with TurboTax Online for which I’ve ... Continue reading this article…

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False Tax Returns Cost NYC Millions

by Luke Landes

From the Associated Press: Two accountants have been indicted on charges of tax evasion and helping hundreds of their clients file false city and state tax returns, resulting in the loss of millions of dollars. These accountants, Jeffrey C. Rosner of Queens and David E. Cohen of Staten Island, charged up to $500 per tax ... Continue reading this article…

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Apparently I’m Retiring Soon

by Luke Landes

Somehow I managed to get on the mailing list for AARP, the Organization Formerly Known As The American Association Of Retired Persons But Now Known By Acronym Only. I probably put down a fake date of birth on an unrelated website that asked me for my age many years ago, and now every few weeks ... Continue reading this article…

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Saving is Anti-American

by Luke Landes

A survey released by ACNielsen today has determined again that Americans are the world’s worst savers (among developed countries). Nearly a quarter (22 percent) of Americans have no money left once they’ve paid for their essential living expenses and spent their discretionary dollars. That puts the United States at the top of a list of ... Continue reading this article…

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Tuesday Reading

by Luke Landes

Here are some articles I’ve found interesting today: CW network to replace WB and UPN [CNN] How much you can save by renting a car away from an airport rather than by an airport [USA Today] Keeping your cool when $#!7 happens on the job [Money Magazine] Invest to take advantage of the coal boom ... Continue reading this article…

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The Number is Anti-American

by Luke Landes

I talked about The Number by Lee Eisenberg on a number of different occasions, including an in-deplth look at the book in a five-part review. Here’s a fresh look at the “memoir,” written by Paul Farrell from MarketWatch: Eisenberg’s book is an extremely entertaining read. I loved it… But in the end, the book is… ... Continue reading this article…

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