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Podcast 114: Summer Cooling Tips, Steve Rosenstock, EEI

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks with Steve Rosenstock of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) about tips to cool your house in the summer. Steve discusses many ways to cool your house down, including giving your air conditioning unit a checkup, using a programmable thermostat and several cheap and easy methods which ... Continue reading this article…

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Reader Question: Invest $100,000 or Pay Off Mortgage

by Luke Landes

To someone with debt, receiving an inheritance can feel like winning the lottery. Occasionally, an heir doesn’t realize money will be coming her way and hasn’t planned for the windfall or thought about her options. Even those who do plan often realize that contemplating options for managing a potential windfall is quite different from making ... Continue reading this article…

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The True Cost of Rent to Own

by Luke Landes
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The debate pitting the concept of buying versus the concept of renting will never end. With a primary home, there may be a plethora of financial calculators and endless real estate analysts to help you make the decision. There are financial considerations as well as non-financial considerations, and pundits on either side who swear their ... Continue reading this article…

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Last Year: Return of the Millionaires

by Luke Landes
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According to the latest World Wealth Report, a study designed by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, last year was a good year for high net-worth individuals (HNWIs), people with more than $1 million in investable assets. After a few years of lagging due to the global recession, the number of millionaires worldwide has climbed past the ... Continue reading this article…

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Citi Dividend Platinum Select Card $100 Cashback Bonus

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. Credit card issuers seem to be getting more competitive with offers lately, and Citi has recently decided to increase their latest bonus. For a limited time only, the Citi® Dividend Platinum Select® Card will be offering $100 cash back after ... Continue reading this article…

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Reverse Mortgages

by Luke Landes
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Homeowners over the age of 62 have a unique option available for accessing cash. Reverse mortgages can help seniors access home equity without having to make monthly payments to repay a loan. When a qualifying homeowner has paid off a mortgage in full, or is very close to paying off a mortgage, a reverse mortgage ... Continue reading this article…

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J.P. Morgan Misled Investors, Will Pay $153.6 Million

by Luke Landes

As the market was collapsing, J.P. Morgan Securities continue to convince clients to invest in a complicated investment made up of credit-default swaps, even though the underlying investments were selected by a hedge fund, Magnetar Capital LLC, that would benefit from seeing the investment fail. Allegedly, J.P. Morgan was knowingly selling an investment designed to ... Continue reading this article…

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Full-Year Budgeting for Teachers

by Luke Landes

The school year within the United States public education system lasts about ten months, so some teachers face an interesting budgeting issue that most American workers do not. The first issue is handling a below-average paycheck. Compensation for public school teachers varies wildly depending on years of experience and location, but for the most part ... Continue reading this article…

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Move Where Cost of Living Is Low

by Luke Landes

When living on a budget, there are circumstances where it might make sense to move to a location that makes living more affordable. Living in Manhattan, for example, can be a struggle for anyone earning under six figures of income each year. It’s possible, of course, but other areas of the country offer better housing ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 113: The Money Couple, Scott & Bethany Palmer

by Luke Landes

Today’s guests on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast are Scott and Bethany Palmer, also known as The Money Couple. The Money Couple talks about many topics in their book, First Comes Love, Then Comes Money: A Couple’s Guide to Financial Communication such as financial infidelity, money personalities and how couples can better understand each others’ money ... Continue reading this article…

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