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Solved an Algebra Equation at Work

by Luke Landes

It’s kind of frightening that in an office of people with banking backgrounds, accounting backgrounds, and managers, I was the only one who could determine the tax portion of a total that includes tax when all that is known is that total and the tax rate. I guess seventh-grade algebra does come in handy once ... Continue reading this article…

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Links for Tuesday

by Luke Landes

* Tips of Hosting Great Carnivals [Carnival of Personal Finance] * Dow barely crosses all-time high at close [CNBC] * Ouch! Your Home Payment Just Doubled! [MSN Money] * S&P says 2007 will be a great year for stocks [Kiplinger] * More neat gadgets being added to standard cars [MarketWatch]

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Capital One Credit Cards Hurt Your Credit Score

by Luke Landes

If you have a credit card with Capital One, chances are your credit score is lower than it would be with a different credit card. This is because Capital One (and possibly other companies) don’t report your true credit limit. Part of the calculation for your credit score is your ratio of used credit to ... Continue reading this article…

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Links for Tuesday, August 29

by Luke Landes

* Buying Into Crisis [Fortune]. Think you can find good opportunities after disasters? * Good Reasons to Use the Plastic [BankRate.com]. Credit cards can be a good idea for some. * Commuting Stress May Worsen Health Woes [Star-Ledger]. Long train rides create stress much like driven commutes.

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Links for Tuesday, August 22

by Luke Landes

Here’s what I am reading today or saving for later: * What it Takes to Be Rich [Money Magazine] * When Homeowners are Desparate to Sell [MSN Money] * Robert Kiyosaki says the poor are wicked and cites a biblical passage. [Yahoo Finance]

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Weekly Blog Round-Up

by Luke Landes

Here are a few articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond this past week. AllFinancialMatters wonders what your email inbox says about you. Free Money Finance says a high starting salary is worth $1 million and is frustrated with an issue with his elliptical machine from Sears. Blueprint for Financial Prosperity talks about creating joint banking ... Continue reading this article…

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0% Balance Transfer: You May Be a Terrorist

by Luke Landes

If you deviate from your banking habits by initiating a transaction more than $5,000, your bank will help the government spy on you. The federal government wants to catch terrorists and money launderers, and banks are required to assist. Since 1996, banks have been required to file a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) whenever they detect ... Continue reading this article…

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New, Improved Process For Opening an Emigrant Direct Account

by Luke Landes

You would think that in this day and age of advanced technology, banking institutions that operate primarily online would have processes in place that don’t rely on snail-mail and centuries-old, outdated technology. I wrote about my experience opening an account at Emigrant Direct over a year ago, and it was tedious. When Emigrant Direct opened ... Continue reading this article…

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