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The Lesser of All Evils: Mutual Funds

by Luke Landes

The Bottom Line: Why I’m sticking with funds – Sep. 8, 2003 There have been stories in the news lately of mutual fund managers taking part in some unfair practices. In one case, some traders were allowed to purchase or sell shares of a fund after closing time at the day’s price instead of at ... Continue reading this article…

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Getting the Best Buys

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine posted an in-depth smart spending guide. The detailed article gives many, many tips for getting deals on cars, electronics, the internet, travel, and lots more, without suggesting you compromise your desires. I plan on coming back to this every once in a while to make sure I’m not forgetting anything before making big ... Continue reading this article…

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Is The Financial Degree Woth It?

by Luke Landes

Do graduates of economics and similar courses have an edge over the layman? When it comes to investing, the results aren’t clear whether one is more successful with or without a financial-related degree. That’s probably true in most facets of life. However, the degree can help the initial success come a lot sooner. The author ... Continue reading this article…

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Pay For Dinner – Split The Check?

by Luke Landes

The fine art of splitting a check. Here’s a timely article, considering how many of my friends have birthdays around this time. It’s not easy to bring up the topic when you think others at the table aren’t contributing their fair share, while you’re concerned you’re might be paying more than you’re share, at the ... Continue reading this article…

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Win Ben Stein’s Advice

by Luke Landes

The Secret to Ben Stein’s Money is saving, saving, saving. Take his advice.

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Millionaires Falling on Hard Times

by Luke Landes

While everyone knows an MBA who has been laid off, there are no hard numbers capturing the national picture. This article comes just as I’ve set the wheels in motion to begin my MBA. I’ve enrolled in the University of Phoenix online program, so I can continue working and get my degree at the same ... Continue reading this article…

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Rising to the Top

by Luke Landes

Here’s a quick article about a woman who was determined to succeed. It’s unfortunate that they stressed sales. I don’t enjoy sales.

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The Coming Crash in the Housing Markets

by Luke Landes

“It’s 1929 all over again,” said Talbott, a former Goldman Sachs vice president. “This is big Depression-type stuff.” This article visits a worst-case scenario that some people think the market may realize. Once again, the point is made that while the housing market has never declined as a national average, prices have certainly declined locally. ... Continue reading this article…

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Longer Auto Loans

by Luke Landes

Lenders are giving huge incentives for customers to take on longer auto loans—six or seven years. At the same time, the average age of a car when traded in is less than 5.5 years. This means that people generally trade in their cars while still owing money. Another result of these longer loans is that ... Continue reading this article…

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Home Buyers

by Luke Landes

Buying a house isn’t right for everyone. If it seems like everyone else around you is jumping on the real estate bargain, but you aren’t, don’t sweat it. How can we buy a house? Once again, the possibility of real estate prices not continuing to go up as much as they have been is brought ... Continue reading this article…

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