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Senate Has it In for Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

An item in today’s Marketplace Morning Report started out with this condemnation: Credit cards. Aren’t they evil? A convenient, maybe even necessary evil, perhaps, but such a temptation. They reported that the Senate’s Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee heard testimonies from consumer advocates today who want to see more regulation of the credit card ... Continue reading this article…

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New Quicken 2007 Update Available

by Luke Landes

While updating my accounts tonight, I noticed Intuit is offering a new patch to update Quicken 2007 to “Release 3.” Here is what they say is included with the new software. * Taxes. Incorporated 2006 tax rate changes. * Toolbar. Fixed an issue where newly added icons were not being retained on the toolbar. * ... Continue reading this article…

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Credit Cards, Part 2: The Bad

by Luke Landes

This is the second part in a short series about credit cards and the people who use them. If you missed the first part, take a look. Part 2: The Bad If you are a Type B credit card user, you are making money off the credit card companies, not the other way around. Taking ... Continue reading this article…

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Credit Cards, Part 1: The Good

by Luke Landes

If you listen to gurus like Dave Ramsey, you may find yourself feeling like you’re listening to a sermon in which the evil character is the credit card rather than the devil. Perhaps the two are interchangeable. Yes, credit card companies use marketing to lure customers with the hope of making tons of money in ... Continue reading this article…

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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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