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Realism Is Refreshing

by Luke Landes

Chuck Jaffe reports at Marketwatch something he read in a fund’s annual statement recently: If we don’t deliver consistent performance over the long run, I’d recommend you take your money elsewhere. Really. This statement appeared in the annual report for Wasatch Funds. It’s rare you see such honesty, but the problem is that funds that ... Continue reading this article…

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Friday Articles

by Luke Landes

On Fridays, instead of just the regular personal finance links, perhaps I’ll put together a hodge-podge of everything I find interesting. A veritable cornucopia of delectable links. * Nothing quick about getting rich with real estate * Doctor Who to air on Sci-Fi channel in March — too bad I have only 30 TV stations, ... Continue reading this article…

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Best Of The Week [redirected]

by Luke Landes

Here are some posts from other bloggers that I have enjoyed this week: * JLP talks about new savings programs for the working poor. Many of the working poor are inelgible for welfare, so these programs encourage them to create savings. * Five Cent Nickel encourages registration of domain names — it’s cheap and easy ... Continue reading this article…

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Your Secret Bankruptcy Risk Score

by Luke Landes

Now that the methodology behind credit scores has been in the public for a long time, banks have found a new measurement which they’ve managed to keep somewhat private. While this calculation has been in use for twenty years, it has largely been kept off the public radar screen. Your bankruptcy risk score is used ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Forget – Carnival of Personal Finance

by Luke Landes

Here’s a reminder for all bloggers out there. The Carnival of Personal Finance will be hosted by Savvy Saver on Monday, so if you have an entry you’d like to be considered, please submit your information to her as soon as possible!

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Another Broker Settlement Ordered – UBS

by Luke Landes

UBS is the latest brokerage being charged for deceptive trading practices. The company agreed to pay a $54 million settlement, $18 million of which will go back to wronged customers.

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Articles For Thursday

by Luke Landes

Here’s a snapshot of some of the reading I managed to sneak in while getting real work done in the office. As you can see, I didn’t have too much time today. * Why it’s smarter to buy a home rather than rent [focus] * Wall Street has a crush on Google but investors may ... Continue reading this article…

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Buying a House vs. Renting a House

by Luke Landes

Liz Pulliam Weston published a column explaining why it’s smarter to buy rather than rent a home. She cited some statistics that show that the average net worth of home owners in any income range are much higher than that of renters in the same range. Liz warns the readers to stay away from “buy ... Continue reading this article…

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New Nickel Debuts Today

by Luke Landes

A new version of the United States five-cent piece enters circulation today. The design features a full-face portrait engraving of Thomas Jefferson rather than the traditional profile. Update: The U.S. Mint has posted their press release about the new nickel. The coins will begin to appear in circulation over the next few weeks, but if ... Continue reading this article…

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Taxes and Your First Job

by Luke Landes

Yesterday I mentioned earier, this Thursday will be National Tax Advice Day. Yes, it’s a fabricated holiday to sell software and services from H&R Block, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find some good information within their materials. H&R Block has advice for those people in their first job who might be filing their taxes ... Continue reading this article…

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