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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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Investing as a Couple

by Luke Landes

If I had a dime for every article on personal financial issues for couples (married or otherwise), I would be rich. This article shows an example of a newlywed couple determining how to invest $20,000 previously not in a diversified portfolio. The article cites MSN’s previous articles on finance for couples. Romance can wait; first, ... Continue reading this article…

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The Millionnaires You Didn’t Know

by Luke Landes

Have you ever found yourself in the position of receiving money from a deceased person who you didn’t know had that much? Neither have I. However, it’s a fairly common occurance according to this article, Surprisingly Rich, from CNN/Money.

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Good Rate for Savings

by Luke Landes

Their ruthless tactics are starting to pay off for savings-minded customers. Capital One is the type of company that offers credit cards to people with poor credit history. People who are happy to qualify for a credit card are willing to pay high interest rates (upwards of 20 percent APY) and yearly fees (upwards of $50) ... Continue reading this article…

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Managing Your Money, Dilbert Style

by Luke Landes

Scott Adams, creator of the comic strip Dilbert and holder of an MBA from Berkeley, wrote a “book” on personal finance, and is summarized today on The Motley Fool. Adams boils personal finance down to nine points, which you will see if you read the article.

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Bartering in a Bad Economy

by Luke Landes

Joan Ferreria of the Bronx, 19 and unemployed, has traded his Web design skills for a computer keyboard, as well as piano, photography and driving lessons. For giving Spanish lessons, he has banked two 30-day unlimited ride MetroCards. [New York Times article, username: flexoweb, password: flexo] In a bad economy, some people turn to bartering ... Continue reading this article…

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People of Million Dollar Homes

by Luke Landes

Who can afford million dollar homes? Coldwell Banker polled their real estate salespeople to find out. It turns out that buyers of million dollar homes most often pay in cash, or if they take financing, many put down a payment of at least 50 percent of the sale price. The two most common professions are corporate ... Continue reading this article…

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A Fattening Career

by Luke Landes

CNN/Money asks, Is your job making you fat? This article stresses the importance of proper eating and exercise specifically for sedentary worker bees. Today for the first time in a long time, I had breakfast (bagel with cream cheese and orange juice) before heading to the office. Not only that, but being overweight takes a ... Continue reading this article…

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Upside-down Cars

by Luke Landes

If you bought a new car recently and didn’t pay cash, chances are pretty good you’re driving a vehicle you can’t afford. Having a car requires more money than the dealers let you believe. Edmunds.com features a True Cost To Own worksheet that calculates some costs you may not be thinking about when you go ... Continue reading this article…

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