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These Rules Don’t Work

by Luke Landes

I like this article from MarketWatch that presents five investing rules that don’t work. You may have heard these investing clichés before, but clichés come a dime a dozen: Subtract your age from 100 to determine the percentage of your investment that should be in stocks. This would present an overly conservative portfolio for most ... Continue reading this article…

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Paying Himself First

by Luke Landes

Mike Rogalski is featured as one of CNN’s Millionaires in the Making. He’s a civil engineer working for the U.S. Department of Defense in Florida, making $84,500 a year. He chooses not to take advantage of an IRA for retirement savings, instead investing $33,000 in stocks and mutual funds. With $105,000 already put away in ... Continue reading this article…

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The Etiquette of Money Talk

by Luke Landes

Peggy Post, who has taken over the Etiquette legacy from the mannerific Emily Post, was interviewed by Bankrate.com. She tackled the problem of the appropriateness of talking about money; that is, when and how not to do it. Her tips were standard. People don’t like to talk about money because they feel they are being ... Continue reading this article…

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Wasting Time

by Luke Landes

Although employers expect workers to waste some time on the job, they don’t expect the actuality: employees waste more than two hours each day. That is what Salary.com discovered through a survey. The top item on the time-wasting list is, of course, use of the Internet, including email, web browsing, and surely blogging for many. ... Continue reading this article…

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Presidential Bank Raises APY

by Luke Landes

Presidential Bank has raised the interest paid (yield) on its savings and checking accounts to 3.75 percent and 3.5 percent respectively. I’ve updated the rate table.

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Best Place to Live is 45 Minutes From Me

by Luke Landes

According to Money Magazine and CNN Money, Moorestown, New Jersey is the Best Place to Live. The article describes Moorestown as a small, affordable town with a quaint feel. Beware: the town was founded by Quakers and you can’t buy alcohol. Have no fear, Philadelphia is only 15 miles away. (Is that always a good ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival of Personal Finance #4

by Luke Landes

This week’s Carnival of Personal Finance was masterfully hosted by Jon at Smart Money Daily. Take a look! Here are some highlights: * You Can Save a Bundle Without Having a Large Income. That’s what I’m striving for; although having a higher income would certainly help me. * Money Goes To Where It Is Needed ... Continue reading this article…

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Extreme Frugal Living and Farming vs. Hunting-Gathering

by Luke Landes

More accurately, it’s extreme poverty. That is the best way to describe living on one dollar a day in a pre-industrialized (farming) community. Now imagine this family, earning one dollar a day, has six children to support. Forget about television (much less cable) and internet. Forget about cell phones (or any phone, for that matter). ... Continue reading this article…

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Ignorance is Bliss

by Luke Landes

I noticed some great advice written by Seth Jayson from The Motley Fool today: Ignore the Experts. June sales numbers all over the map show that neither high-priced oil nor threat of housing bubble nor Michael Jackson acquittal can keep strong retailers from continuing to move their products. The Fool advises readers to turn off ... Continue reading this article…

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Real Estate Career Change?

by Luke Landes

I’m not considering it, but maybe someone out there is. As with anything, you have to take a realistic view of the ramifications of a choice. It seems like real estate is a hot career right now, with stories about people making millions of dollars and membership organizations continuing their growth. Here are some things ... Continue reading this article…

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