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Podcast 149: Trends in Financial Planning

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan J Busch talks with Flexo and Michael Kitces, Director of Research for Pinnacle Advisory Group. They discuss how online money management tools compare to personalized financial planning and other trends in the changing field of financial advice. Consumerism Commentary Podcast Trends in Financial Planning: S06E19 / 149 Download ... Continue reading this article…

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Three Credit Card Benefits You’re Paying For

by Luke Landes
MasterCard credit card

I wrote about three credit card benefits you’re paying for but not using for GoBankingRates and BusinessInsider. Whether you pay interest on your carried credit card balances or whether you’re just subject to the natural increased cost of products due to retailers’ card processing fees, you’re paying for the cost of benefits that card issuers ... Continue reading this article…

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Buying a House With Cold, Hard Cash

by Luke Landes
Cash

When I write about the unbanked, the vast majority of this category of consumer avoids the financial industry due to lack of trust in the industry or a belief that living paycheck to paycheck doesn’t necessitate the fees and hassles of including a third party in financial transactions. Cash, in some respects, keeps you off ... Continue reading this article…

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Customers Say Retailers Are Not Living Up to Durbin Amendment Promise

by Luke Landes
Cashier checkout at Walmart

Retailers, represented by the National Retail Foundation, promised that consumers would benefit when retailers, particularly small businesses, were to benefit from regulated interchange (swipe) fees charged by Visa and MasterCard. The regulation, commonly called the “Durbin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act,” would lower the cost for businesses who were subject to an effective duopoly between ... Continue reading this article…

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The Best Small Business Credit Cards, April 2014

by Luke Landes

Small businesses often require a substantial line of credit early on to survive the start-up stage. In a perfect world, everyone would have the cash to fund their start-up but it’s not always that easy. These days, finding a bank that can lend to small businesses is extremely difficult, so one of the alternatives is ... Continue reading this article…

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Improve Your Finances By Modifying Your Behavior

by Luke Landes
Money

Improving your financial situation requires more than just trying harder. People who write financial websites offering advice often think or imply that the reason for financial misfortune is ignorance of the basics. Recently, there was one website that claimed that the only thing people need to know was spend less than you earn, as if ... Continue reading this article…

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Are You Ready For Higher Cell Phone Bills?

by Luke Landes
Tablet

As more consumers in the United States are jumping on the smartphone and tablet bandwagon — personally, I contribute to this mess with one of the latest phones with Android software as well as a first-generation iPad — there’s less room in the limited airwaves for customers’ needs to access the internet and occasionally make ... Continue reading this article…

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Your Dream Wedding: When to Save, When to Splurge

by Guest Author
The wedding bride

This is a guest article by Jennifer Calonia, Junior Editor at GoBankingRates. In the article, the author helps couples in search of their dream wedding decide which expenses are worth paying more money for. The pressure to plan a perfectly executed wedding is a monumental undertaking, especially for those lacking a savings fund or a ... Continue reading this article…

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Church Health Insurance: Effective in the Amish Community

by Luke Landes
Horse and buggy

The Amish community is exempt from the health insurance mandate that is now federal law. Members of this community rely on each other for taking care of their health, rather than relying on insurance companies. It’s an interesting approach to healthcare, and it is effective for communities where people rarely leave or enter. I visited ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 148: Capital One Merger With ING Direct

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan J Busch talks to John Taylor, president and CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. They talk about the benefits and drawbacks of Capital One merging with ING Direct USA, and how the Federal Reserve Bank is treating this merger. Consumerism Commentary Podcast CapitalOne Merger With ING Direct: ... Continue reading this article…

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