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Invest in Girls Gives Private School Students Training for Wall Street

by Luke Landes

Despite the Main Street vs. Wall Street conflicts post-recession, there is still a great desire among young people — particularly among privileged families — to be part of the finance industry. In three private schools, one for just girls, a non-profit organization is bringing Wall Street education to young women. Invest in Girls takes a ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 166: Income Taxes and Your Kids’ Summer Jobs

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks with Gregg Wind, CPA at the accounting firm of Wind & Stern, about income taxes related to children’s summer jobs. First, Gregg and Tom talk about tax advantages for parents who have a business and are thinking about hiring their children as employees. Afterward, they discuss ... Continue reading this article…

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Student Loan Grace Periods Coming to an End

by Luke Landes
Graduation

While all the focus has been on student loan interest rates. Congress has failed to renew one of the most important student loan benefits for undergraduates: the six-month grace period following graduation. With the rate of unemployment being historically high, this couldn’t have come at a worse time. Federal student loans have a fixed interest ... Continue reading this article…

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5 Ways to Convince Yourself to Increase Your Retirement Savings

by Luke Landes
Coin jar

The last few years have been nail-biting for anyone saving for retirement with investments in the stock market. The Great Recession and continued gloomy outlooks in the media have investors second-guessing their plans to save for the future. Maybe it’s better to spend more money now and avoid the Wall Street industry, which seems to ... Continue reading this article…

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Best Mark Interco Mystery Shopping Scam

by Luke Landes
Best Mark Interco Mystery Shopping Scam Letter

Somehow, my name and address found its way on a list of potential suckers. Some company out there thought I would be gullible, falling for an obvious financial scam. A few days ago, I received a letter and check for almost $3,000 in the mail. I wasn’t expecting this delivery, so my suspicions were high ... Continue reading this article…

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Mac Users Spend More Money on Hotels

by Luke Landes
Hotel Room

For one to be an aficionado of Apple’s line of computers, it might be fair to generalize that one is willing to spend more money than necessary for perceived superior form — as a device that carries the same function, just on the more common technology modeled after the IBM personal computer costs considerably less. ... Continue reading this article…

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Summer Internship: Career Opportunity or Cheap Labor?

by Luke Landes
World's Best Band Director mug

When I decided to add a minor as an undergraduate, music management (a cross between non-profit management and music business), the program required me to take an internship at a non-profit arts organization. I took advantage of my university’s career services to find an organization that would be appropriate for me, and I quickly found ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 165: Credit Scoring and Management

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay talks with John Ulzheimer about credit scores and managing your credit history. They also discuss the deceptive marketing of pre-paid debit cards, how a FICO score is built and the unfortunate history of credit repair firms. Consumerism Commentary Podcast Credit Scoring and Management: S07E09 / 165 Download – ... Continue reading this article…

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How Many Savings Accounts Do You Need?

by Luke Landes
Money

Over the past year, I’ve been simplifying my finances. I’ve collected a number of savings accounts and checking accounts, mostly as a way of auditioning and reviewing various banks for the benefit of Consumerism Commentary readers. There’s little sense in me holding onto so many accounts across dozens of banks, so I’ve been taking some ... Continue reading this article…

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Three Must-Have Money Talks for Kids – and How to Start Them

by Beth Kobliner
Money As You Grow

This is a guest article by personal finance expert, Beth Kobliner. Beth is a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability and the author of Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties. Drinking, smoking, bullying… talking about them with your kids is hard enough. But a new survey shows ... Continue reading this article…

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