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Investing Scams

by Luke Landes

CNN Money is running a story about the most popular investment scams. Similar stories are being run on MSN Money and Bankrate as well. In fact, the story is everywhere. Here are the top ten scams, as measured by the North American Securities Administrators Association. The links below provide more information on each of these ... Continue reading this article…

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Emigrant Direct Account Opening

by Luke Landes

As you may know, I am in the process of opening a savings account with Emigrant Direct, an on-line bank currently offering an interest rate yielding 3.25 percent. On March 15 I posted about my experience with a customer service representative at the aforementioned bank. That was three days after I began the process of ... Continue reading this article…

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Should You Borrow From Your 401(k)?

by Luke Landes

Borrowing from your 401(k) is generally a bad idea. There are some positive aspects of doing so, however. It’s a nice option to have if you are stuck with no other choices. Here are some of the drawbacks, as mentioned by Lewis Schiff from the Armchair Millionaire. The money you take out of your 401(k) ... Continue reading this article…

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ING Direct Savings Rate Up

by Luke Landes

ING Direct now offers a 2.8 percent APY on their savings accounts, up 20 basis points. This rate is still well below the one offered by Emigrant Direct for that bank’s no fee, no minimum balance savings account. You may want to consider ING Direct’s certificates of deposit if you don’t mind not touching your ... Continue reading this article…

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The Future for Investors

by Luke Landes

I’m not looking to make a quick million through my investments. Sure, it would be nice, but I have realistic expectations. If you’re investing for the long term like I am, you might want to read this interview with Jeremy Siegel. He has some interesting insights about what investment strategy has performed the best in ... Continue reading this article…

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Stock Market Down

by Luke Landes

The Nasdaq composite sank to a new low for the year Friday and stocks lost ground for the second straight week as investors dealt with rising oil prices and long-term interest rates. (From CNN Money.) To me this says Keep On Investing. I’m in it for the long haul. My investments are all long-term, and ... Continue reading this article…

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Retail Alphabet Game

by Luke Landes

Here’s something fun for Friday. The Retail Alphabet Game gives a player the alphabet, with each letter coming from a different brand logo. See if you can guess the brand belonging to the letter. Note that the only official way to receive a clue is to buy one from the author.

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Score a Good Hotel Rate

by Luke Landes

MSN Money often recycles older personal finance articles for its front page. I don’t really mind since I might have missed one in the past. They don’t date their articles so you never know when something was originally posted. They are featuring an article on finding deals on hotel rooms. They give some examples, but ... Continue reading this article…

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Money Magazine

by Luke Landes

Have you perused the first issue of the reformulated Money Magazine? I had a chance to do so this morning. It’s been a while since I have read a magazine. The full page ads were nostalgic; they brought me back to the time I read Sports Illustrated as a young teenager. I remember convincing my ... Continue reading this article…

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My Investments

by Luke Landes

In the interest of full disclosure, I might as well give you a a peek into the investing side of my net worth. Roth IRA Invested in the TIAA-Cref Equity Index [TCEIX], directly with TIAA-Cref. The fund invests in the stocks listed in the Russell 3000 Index. It has a low expense ratio of 0.26 percent, ... Continue reading this article…

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