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Podcast 150: The Big Retirement Risk

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan J Busch talks with Erin Botsford, author of The Big Retirement Risk. They discuss myths that Wall Street perpetuates about itself and Erin’s plan for a more sensible retirement portfolio. Consumerism Commentary Podcast The Big Retirement Risk: S06E20 / 150 Download – RSS – iTunes Table of contents ... Continue reading this article…

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JetBlue Card From American Express Review

by Joe Taylor Jr.

EDITORS NOTE: THIS OFFER IS EXPIRED. The JetBlue Card from American Express is offering 10,000 points toward award travel after your first purchase. Each eligible purchase on the card earns one TrueBlue point per dollar, and some purchases can earn up to eight points per dollar. Is the $40 annual fee worth these and the ... Continue reading this article…

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Why The Time May Be Right for Buying a House

by Luke Landes
House for sale

I’ll be thirty-six years old this month, officially closer to forty than thirty. I’ve never owned real estate. Once in a while, someone judges this as a failure on my part, or a reluctance to “grow up” or enter a more sophisticated stage of development, as if maturity was somehow related to the ownership of ... Continue reading this article…

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New Travel Plans: Tips for Taking a Real Vacation

by Luke Landes
Continental Airlines Logo

I try to visit my family on the other side of the country a couple times a year. Most of my family has migrated to the west coast from the east. The migration, at least in my immediate family, began over ten years ago, and more of the clan join the California contingent each year. ... Continue reading this article…

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How to File Your Taxes for Free

by Luke Landes

The federal government can only operate with the help of the millions of individuals who earn income in this country and dutifully pay taxes. You would think that, in order to ensure a smooth revenue stream of considerable size, the IRS would make filing taxes as easy and painless as possible. That’s obviously not the ... Continue reading this article…

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Best Online Savings Accounts, April 2014

by Luke Landes

The best online savings accounts offer high interest rates and great customer service. Savings accounts, particularly so-called high-yield savings accounts, are best for money you might need within a year. Any money that you don’t want to subject to the short-term risk and volatility in the stock market should be held safe in a savings ... Continue reading this article…

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High I.Q. Scores Correlate to Better Investments

by Luke Landes

In Finland, all young men are required to spend some time in the military. Finland also has a wealth tax, requiring citizens to report their investments to the government. As a result, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, Aalto University, and the University of Chicago have discovered data worth studying. Because all military ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Invest in a Broadway Show

by Luke Landes
Broadway show

If you’re interested in theater and have money you don’t mind losing, you may consider expanding your horizons by investing in a Broadway or off-Broadway show. Be prepared to lose money, though, because according to a variety of producers, only one show in five breaks even. When a play or musical is in the planning ... Continue reading this article…

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Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

by Luke Landes

Last week, the White House released a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. This isn’t a law or regulation, but a set of guidelines that could possibly underscore future actions by Congress and enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission. Private, personal information should be private and personal, but when consumers enroll for any type of service, ... Continue reading this article…

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Harry Browne’s Permanent Portfolio

by Jacob

This is a guest article by Jacob, creator of the personal finance blog, My Personal Finance Journey. In the article, Jacob analyzes the Permanent Portfolio, a theory presented by Harry Browne, to determine whether investing along the theory’s guidelines can help investors beat the stock market. Investors in general always seem to be on the ... Continue reading this article…

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