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Carnival #11

by Luke Landes

The latest Carnival of Personal Finance has been published at the new location for AllThingsFinancial. My post about selling books online has been featured this week. Also, my estimation of yearly gasoline expenses has been included in the latest Carnival of the Capitalists.

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Free Credit Reports Now Available!

by Luke Landes

The rest of the country was given this benefit at varying times earlier this year, but it finally has come to the east coast. I was going to wait until September 1, the official “release date,” but as MyMoneyBlog noted, the floodgates have opened a few days early. I’m talking of course about free credit ... Continue reading this article…

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Weblogs, Inc.’s Blogger Contract

by Luke Landes

Yesterday I mentioned that Weblogs, Inc. is rumored to be preparing a personal finance blog. Here’s a look at the contract that the corporation uses when hiring bloggers (as independent contractors). Here are some highlights: * Bloggers are paid $4 per post, with a maximum of $500 per month. * All published writing is property ... Continue reading this article…

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Hawaiian Gas Caps

by Luke Landes

When we talk about gas caps, we are usually referring to the round knob that you remove when you stop to fill up your tank and sometimes forget to replace before driving away. But there’s a new kind of gas cap in the Aloha State. Hawaiians have now been assured by law that they will ... Continue reading this article…

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Derivatives, The Future of Investing?

by Luke Landes

CNN Money is featuring an article discussing derivative investments, in particular, investments designed for the small investor to hedge his or her bets. HedgeStreet is a company that lets people speculate on economic events, such as gas prices hitting $3.00 by a certain date. This hedge, for instance, might be good for someone with a ... Continue reading this article…

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Some Changes

by Luke Landes

If you visit Consumerism Commentary (rather than reading from an RSS feed reader), you may notice some changes to the appearance. I’m working on making the web site more standards compliant, although perfect compliance is impossible due to the Adsense ads. There will continue to be some changes as I find time to implement them.

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Online MBAs Making the Grade

by Luke Landes

A few months ago, I asked if Master of Business Administration degrees are worthwhile. The conversation that ensued began to focus primarily on those MBAs of the online variety, one of which I am currently pursuing at mostly my company’s expense. Business Week has also evaluated the merits of an MBA from an online program. ... Continue reading this article…

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New Personal Finance Blog on the Horizon?

by Luke Landes

Weblogs, Inc. will apparently be starting a personal finance blog, most likely with the hopes of generating ad revenue. I’ll be keeping my eyes open to see what direction their blog takes. It makes sense; personal finance blogs have received some friendly press from the Wall Street Journal print and online editions lately. A smart ... Continue reading this article…

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Outrageous CEO Compensation

by Luke Landes

We’ve all heard the reasons (sometimes excuses) for the fact that many CEOs are compensated orders of magnitude higher than the working class or middle management. Perhaps sometimes the justifications have merit. How about when corporate profitability or performance has plunged under a CEO’s guidance? Here is MSN Money’s list of the most outrageous offenders: ... Continue reading this article…

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Contrarian Attitude to Investing

by Luke Landes

I don’t normally read Charles E. Kirk but I do have The Kirk Report in my RSS feed reader, so once in a while, I might come across something in which I find myself very interested. Today, Charles mentioned an article he wrote more than a year and a half ago called Walking a Stock ... Continue reading this article…

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