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Auto Insurance – Yikes!

by Luke Landes

When I had my 1997 Honda Civic, and with an excess of points from my “wild and crazy” days that I’m waiting to drop off my record, my auto insurance premium was already high. I don’t have the policy in front of me, but it was around $3,400 per year. In June, I purchased a ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

by Luke Landes

Gerri Willis at CNN warns readers that they should not stop investing in a 401(k) just because the market is doing poorly (like it has over the third quarter of this year). Her five points are don’t disengage, resist the makeover urge, pick winners, don’t fear bonds (though I’m fine without them as I’ve investing ... Continue reading this article…

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Afraid of Appearing Cheap

by Luke Landes

There’s a nice response on Gothamist to a reader who writes in to ask: Sometimes I get invited to events that are out of my price range, like dinners at expensive restaurants… I want to hang out with my friends without seeming like a cheapskate. What should I do? The Gothamist suggests planning the outing ... Continue reading this article…

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Nike Brainwashed His Child

by Luke Landes

Pay attention to what and how your children are learning. Robert Brokamp at The Motley Fool was horrified when his son associated Nike with the Olympics. He would rather see his children have the most reasonably price clothes instead of the coolest.

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Speaking of Fees

by Luke Landes

Is your financial manager worth it? Walter Updegrave from CNN/Money answers a writer’s question. The writer has had a financial manager in charge of $400,000 in mutual funds and stocks since 2001, to whom the writer has paid 1 percent per year, or $16,000 total, in fees. The assets have increased 1 percent over the past 4 ... Continue reading this article…

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Annual Fee?!

by Luke Landes

My previously-mediocre-but-not-horrible discount brokerage firm decided to start charging an annual fee… a fee higer than some full-service brokerages. I’m high-tailing it out of there ASAP, and I’m looking to do it without any tax implications. Although, even if I have to sell, the tax burden shouldn’t be too bad. So, with the several thousand ... Continue reading this article…

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Hooray for Junk Mail

by Luke Landes

It’s not technically spam in this case. I signed up for an ING Direct savings account a while ago, and my regular readers have probably seen many entries on Consumerism Commentary about how happy I am with this bank. In fact, at the moment they offer 2.2 percent APY on their savings account which is quite ... Continue reading this article…

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The New $50 is Here

by Luke Landes

Ulysses S. Grant looks ready to go to war with Iraq in this new portrait. Here’s the announcement of the new bills entering circulation. I’m enjoying the new renaissance in bill and coin design.

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Airline Miles Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

So, you’ve got a credit card that rewards with with airline miles or points. Yeah, you know there’s a monthly fee and an above average interest. Yeah, you carry a balance each month to win more miles. It’s worth it, right? You’ll get a free plane trip soon, and the value of that outweighs the ... Continue reading this article…

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Allow Me to Grow Personally and Professionally

by Luke Landes

Here is an opinion on having an “objective” at the top of your résumé. I agree, it is incredibly silly and pointless, but in the corporate world, Human Resources want to see it. What strange objectives have you seen or used on résumés?

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