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Time to Quit Your Job

by Luke Landes

How do you know when it’s time to quit your job? I’ve left jobs before, whether it was because it was time for me to do something else or because it was due to a “mutual agreement to move in separate directions.” But how do you know if you’ve stayed too long in a less-than-ideal ... Continue reading this article…

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Peek Into Supreme Court Nominee’s Portfolio

by Luke Landes

Slate has an interesting article on Supreme Court nominee John Roberts’ portfolio. Can you tell an individual by his or her investments? Most of the article talks about Roberts’ stock holdings (Coca Cola [KO], AT&T [T], XM [XMSR]), but it also mentions that his bank accounts amount for the largest portion of his holdings, between ... Continue reading this article…

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Foreign Exchange Trading

by Luke Landes

An article in the Wall Street Journal, Currency Markets Draw Speculation, Fraud [free], talks about day trading in the foreign exchange market. The story focuses on Marc Coppola, one of my favorite Q104.3 DJs, who apparently also dabbles in trading foreign currency. To summarize, this type of trading has grown in popularity despite its risk. ... Continue reading this article…

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That Is Really Offensive

by Luke Landes

Some of my favorite commercials on television right now are GEICO spots. You know the ones. Salesman/actor: “Buying car insurance from GEICO is so simple, even a caveman could do it.” Caveman: “That is so offensive.” Seth Stevenson from Slate Magazine feels the same way and cites another good one, the “Tiny House reality series” ... Continue reading this article…

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Hands Off The 401(k)

by Luke Landes

Hewitt Associates, the same company that processes my company’s accounts payable, has performed a survey regarding 401(k)s. They discovered that almost half of workers leaving their jobs convert their 401(k)s to cash. This is despite the fact that in addition to income tax, there is a steep penalty (10 percent) for cashing out the tax-deferred retirement ... Continue reading this article…

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August Vacation to Williamsburg

by Luke Landes

My girlfriend and are are planning a four-day vacation to Williamsburg, Virginia in a couple of weeks. We’re trying to limit our expenses as much as possible, while still having a good time visiting Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, and other random touristy locations. We’ll be cutting expenses with discounts where possible (such as those offered ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival #6

by Luke Landes

The Carnival of Personal Finance #6 is up at Free Money Finance. The full Carnival schedule is here, along with an introduction. I was hoping to write an article for the Carnival yesterday, but I was sidetracked by classowrk for my masters degree and a corneal abrasion that sent me to the hospital. (I’ll be ... Continue reading this article…

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Current Checking and Savings Rates

by Luke Landes

The table containing the latest checking and savings account rates has moved. Please update your links.

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Emigrant Direct, Moving On Up

by Luke Landes

Hot on the heels of ING Direct’s rate increase announcement, Emigrant Direct has raised the interest offered on their web-based savings account to 3.50 percent APY. I’ll update the table of the highest national Internet savings accounts over the weekend.

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Shopping Addiction

by Luke Landes

CNN Money is featuring the story of a compulsive shopper with an addiction to the activity. She’s 36 years old (which, as I get older, seems increasingly younger) and her shopping spree began when her fourth child was born and she stopped working to live off her husband’s $140,000 annual income. This provided her with ... Continue reading this article…

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