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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that operate primarily online would have processes in place that don’t rely on snail-mail and centuries-old, outdated technology.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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Thinking About Moving Savings From ING Direct to HSBC Direct?

by Luke Landes

ING Direct has served me well for a long time. For a few years, their interest rates were the highest available, and their sign-up and referral bonuses simply added to the gains. I used all available referral bonuses in 2005, so I no longer have these to distribute. Also, their interest rates have been sagging ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in Blogs

by Luke Landes

Here are some interesting posts from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond: Blueprint for Financial Prosperity looks at using a Roth IRA as an emergency fund. Note that if you withdraw any part of your contribution, you can re-contribute that portion later on in the year. Mighty Bargain Hunter opened a savings account at ING Direct. Five ... Continue reading this article…

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Blame It On Japan

by Luke Landes

Remember when everyone was freaking out about the huge sell-off in the stock market in the last couple of weeks or so? Well, it’s the Bank of Japan’s fault.

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Americans Are NOT In Bad Shape With Credit, Sort Of

by Luke Landes

I like Liz Pulliam Weston’s latest article, The Truth About Credit Card Debt because she cites some statistics that fly in the face of conventional thought regarding credit behavior of Americans. We’ve all heard this before: Americans are in an unparalleled level of revolving credit card debt. The average American household carries more than $9,000 ... Continue reading this article…

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Spend More With Cash or Plastic?

by Luke Landes

Liz Pulliam Weston is suggesting using cash rather than plastic because of an inclination to overspend. I’m a big fan of credit cards. Most offer fraud protection and online reconciliations so I always know exactly what I am spending. When I pay the balance off at the end of the month, it’s also nice to ... Continue reading this article…

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Some Articles of Interest

by Luke Landes

Things to read: * Ten top colleges for entrepreneurs [Fortune]. * Housing market cooling but prices still high [MSN] and a Yahoo Finance special report on the housing slowdown.

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