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Banks Raise Interest Rates, Savers Give Up Hope

by Luke Landes

This week, several banks raised interest rates for diligent savers taking advantage of so-called high-yield savings accounts. American Express Bank, a cousin of a credit card company you’ve probably heard of that reorganized as a bank holding company to better position itself for government protection and balance sheet building, raised its interest rate. Ally Bank, ... Continue reading this article…

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The Poverty Rate Remained Flat Last Year

by Luke Landes

In 2011, the percentage of Americans living in poverty declined from 15.1 percent to 15.0 percent according to the census figures released within the last few days. According to the Census Bureau, this is not a statistically significant change, meaning the number of Americans in poverty, 46.2 million, is roughly the same as in 2010. ... Continue reading this article…

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It’s Time to Create a Will

by Luke Landes

I’m almost ashamed to admit this: I don’t have a will. I’m not happy about that, and it’s a situation I’ll change within the next few weeks. After being surrounded by so many intelligent people at the Financial Blogger Conference this weekend (please read my review), my lack of attention to this important facet of ... Continue reading this article…

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Ignore Your Mail and Lose Thousands of Dollars

by Luke Landes

The prevalence of junk mail and spam has certainly made weeding out noise more difficult over the last decade. With email, software does a great job of hiding the junk and making the legitimate messages obvious, but there are occasional mistakes. Spam might show up in my inbox a few times each week, while I ... Continue reading this article…

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Achieving Financial Independence

by Luke Landes

Today is the first full day of the Financial Blogger Conference, an annual gathering of bloggers who write about personal finance, investing, and other related topics. This is the second year of the conference’s existence, and hundreds of bloggers, writers, and representative from financial service companies are here at the hotel in Denver. The conference ... Continue reading this article…

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Never Rent a Self-Storage Locker: One Million Reasons

by Guest Author

This is a guest article by Christine Bilger from Quizzle/Zing. Have you ever watched “Storage Wars”? It’s a real-life series on A&E which follows professional buyers as they scour repossessed storage units for treasures. The buyers on the show will bid hundreds of dollars for the lockers without even knowing what’s inside. It’s pretty hit-or-miss. ... Continue reading this article…

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Take Advantage of Economic Cycles

by William Cowie
For Sale Space 640

This is a guest article by William Cowie. William is committed to helping people let the economy work for them, and writes at Drop Dead Money. A few days ago, Flexo asked a great question: Are you better off now than before the recession? To better understand the implications of the question, take a look ... Continue reading this article…

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Chase Reversed My Annual Credit Card Fee

by Luke Landes
United Airlines

For about two years, I’ve been using a credit card from Chase that offers rewards in the form of miles for the airline I travel the most frequently, first Continental Airlines, then United Airlines. I opened the Continental OnePass Plus MasterCard two years ago, at that time one of the credit cards for airline miles ... Continue reading this article…

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Banks Won’t Let Everyone Refinance Mortgages

by Luke Landes
Big house

Mortgage interest rates are still low, a great relief to first-time home buyers, real estate investors, and households considering refinancing their higher-rate loans initiated over the past few years. Banks aren’t too eager to hand those low-rate mortgages out to everyone who wants them, however. If you read financial media, you’ve probably heard that this ... Continue reading this article…

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5 Tips for Dealing With the Job Shift Away From the Middle Class

by Luke Landes

The middle class fared the worst in terms of job losses throughout the recession. The National Employment Law Project has consolidated findings from its studies and found that while there has been some economic recovery in the employment sector following the recession, the recovery changed the nature of the job market. Jobs with a mid-tier ... Continue reading this article…

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