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Sweep Account Interest Rates

by Luke Landes

Any investment account at a brokerage usually has an associated cash account in which proceeds from sales and dividends are deposited, usually in the form of a money market fund. According to this free Wall Street Journal article, investment banks are purposely moving investors’ cash funds into accounts that earn less than typical money market ... Continue reading this article…

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Free Credit Reports Now Available!

by Luke Landes

The rest of the country was given this benefit at varying times earlier this year, but it finally has come to the east coast. I was going to wait until September 1, the official “release date,” but as MyMoneyBlog noted, the floodgates have opened a few days early. I’m talking of course about free credit ... Continue reading this article…

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Weblogs, Inc.’s Blogger Contract

by Luke Landes

Yesterday I mentioned that Weblogs, Inc. is rumored to be preparing a personal finance blog. Here’s a look at the contract that the corporation uses when hiring bloggers (as independent contractors). Here are some highlights: * Bloggers are paid $4 per post, with a maximum of $500 per month. * All published writing is property ... Continue reading this article…

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New Personal Finance Blog on the Horizon?

by Luke Landes

Weblogs, Inc. will apparently be starting a personal finance blog, most likely with the hopes of generating ad revenue. I’ll be keeping my eyes open to see what direction their blog takes. It makes sense; personal finance blogs have received some friendly press from the Wall Street Journal print and online editions lately. A smart ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival #10

by Luke Landes

It’s hard to believe we’re already in the double digits. Carnival of Personal Finance #10 has been posted on Frugal for Life with 26 submissions. The article I submitted deals with one way to waste time and money. Many wonderful articles are featured this week, so make sure you check them out.

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Selling Used Books (and Other Items) on Amazon.com

by Luke Landes

I’ve decided to clean out my apartment a small amount by selling some used books on Amazon.com. Most are college textbooks that have been sitting around for quite a while. I’m writing about this here for two reasons. First of all, I’ll track my experience selling on Amazon.com. Secondly, maybe there are readers of this ... Continue reading this article…

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Welcome Again to WSJ Readers

by Luke Landes

Once again, Consumerism Commentary was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal. Welcome to any new readers! (Of course, it would have been helpful if the online article contained hyperlinks to all the websites mentioned.) Updates have been a little slow over the past seven days as I had been on vacation and am now trying ... Continue reading this article…

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Back to New Jersey

by Luke Landes

A short while ago we arrived home in New Jersey from our vacation in Williamsburg, Virginia. More on that later. It would take me a year to catch up on the messages posted on personal finance blogs in the last five days, but I should mention at the very least that the Carnival of Personal ... Continue reading this article…

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