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Seven Great Gifts for College Graduates

by Luke Landes
Graduation

If there is a college graduate in your life, he or she will likely receive a number of gifts. The first gift will be the realization that it can be difficult to find a job in this economy right now — if the goal is to get a job in the same field of study ... Continue reading this article…

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Public School Funding: Taxes or Parent Donations?

by Luke Landes
Classroom

When communities vote on public school budget proposals throughout the country, voting citizens evaluate the quality of the curricula, the perceived effectiveness of the administration, the students’ performance, the prioritization of students’ needs, and their own wallets. Rising costs and an unstable economy tend to push parents to be wary of budget increases that result ... Continue reading this article…

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Family Net Worth Down Significantly After Recession

by Luke Landes
Family Net Worth

The Federal Reserve’s survey of family finances in 2010, released recently, provides a picture of how devastating the recession has been to families’ financial conditions. Family income and net worth both declined from 2007 to 2010 across all slices of demographics, but the decline in net worth was much sharper. The Federal Reserve’s report on ... Continue reading this article…

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Four Risks of Investing

by Luke Landes
Skydiving

No investment is without risk. You may feel safe even when you do what financial advisers consider the “right thing” — invest in a broad stock market index fund with a long-term view — but there is risk there as well. Unfortunately, to build wealth over time, investors need to accept a significant amount of ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 163: Personal Transformation, J.D. Roth

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek and Flexo speak with J.D. Roth, founder of the personal finance website Get Rich Slowly about the topic of personal transformation. J.D. discusses many of the changes he’s gone through recently including what inspired him to transform himself and what he did to prepare himself for the ... Continue reading this article…

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Automation Moderation: Don’t Let The Machines Control Your Money!

by Luke Landes
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Over the course of thousands of years, the character of money has gone through various metamorphoses. Bartering was the chief method members of a society acquired their individual needs until they developed shortcuts. Since that first shortcut, societies haven’t stopped creating more shortcuts, further separating the method of acquiring something from those things that are ... Continue reading this article…

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High School Graduates Without College Degrees Want More Education

by Luke Landes
High school graduate

A survey of high school graduates from 2006 through 2011 who have not earned bachelor degrees and who are not currently enrolled in college shows that a strong majority are not happy with this aspect of their lives. The survey was conducted by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, who ... Continue reading this article…

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Banks Could Make It Easier to Close Accounts

by Luke Landes
Dollar bill

Closing a bank account in the twenty-first century, when a good portion of your banking is handled electronically, can be a cumbersome task. I created a bank switch kit earlier this year to help consumers organize their actions and take the correct steps to move your money from one bank to another without encountering any ... Continue reading this article…

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Bill Maher Buys a Share of the New York Mets

by Luke Landes
Mr. Met

Over the weekend, political comedian Bill Maher revealed he invested in the New York Mets. As you could imagine, the polarizing figure’s investment spurred mixed reaction. Those who share his liberal views consider the investment to be solid, while those who disagree with the outspoken television show host pointed out the hypocrisy of the investment. ... Continue reading this article…

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Use Your Emergency Fund When You Quit

by Luke Landes
Chess pieces

Last week, I offered eight questions you should consider before quitting your job, and one of those questions pertained to the preparedness of your emergency fund. A reader, Qixx, pointed out that the decision to quit your job is not an emergency, and shouldn’t warrant dipping into cash set aside for true emergencies. The loss ... Continue reading this article…

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