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Vanishing Overdraft Fees Pave Way For New Charges

by Jeff

Almost everyone has an story about the annoyance of overdraft fees. We all had cause to rejoice after reading Smithee’s recent post about banks backing off of overdraft fees. However, banks, being the business that they are, are already scheming for new ways to wring money out of us. An AP article on a local ... Continue reading this article…

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One Person’s Successful Debtor’s Revolt

by Smithee

Frequent readers know all about how a depressed economy and new laws are serving as convenient excuses for banks to be raising interest rates and otherwise penalizing clients, even those who pose no risk. Ann Minch was presented with multiple notices of an interest rate hike. Even though she says she’s never missed a payment, ... Continue reading this article…

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Real-time Traffic GPS for the iPhone

by Smithee

Soon. As in, October-soon. It looks like the first iPhone app to bring us real-time traffic alerts, and that comes with offline maps, will be the Navigon MobileNavigator (Earlier CNET review. iTunes Store link.) The AT&T Navigator (CNET review) also has live traffic data, but takes more time to download maps as you go, and ... Continue reading this article…

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Congress Plans to Extend the First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit

by Luke Landes

The $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers is set to expire at the end of November, but lawmakers don’t want this benefit to end. While there have been some positive signs in the real estate market, the current credit hasn’t done much to stimulate house prices or the economy overall. All year, some senators ... Continue reading this article…

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The Little Things and the Big Things: Which are More Important?

by Luke Landes

It’s easy to adopt one concept and use that concept to define your world. You commonly see this in religion, but I’m referring to personal finance concepts, as you might expect from Consumerism Commentary. One popular financial guru talks about The ECRD Factor. His followers — a guru can’t be a guru without a throng ... Continue reading this article…

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Are You One of the 4400 (Tax Evaders)?

by Smithee

Every so often I come across a news story that’s more enjoyable to read when I add a vindictive “ha ha ha ha ha” after each sentence. For example: Rich Americans who have evaded taxes by hiding foreign holdings have about a week to turn themselves in to an Internal Revenue Service amnesty program or ... Continue reading this article…

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Intuit Buys Mint for $170 Million: Quicken Online and Mint to Coexist

by Luke Landes

The news in personal finance today is that Intuit, the makers of Quicken and TurboTax, purchased internet start-up Mint, a service that has come into its own in the past few years. The two companies offer competing products: Quicken Online and Mint are both free web applications that aggregate your financial information across a wide ... Continue reading this article…

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Small Business Administration’s Top 10 Tips

by Smithee

My wife and I recently started a business. Technically, I think we’re planning a business, since the incorporation papers are still winging their way through the mail, but it feels like it’s been started. We’ve got a P.O. Box, a domain name, and my wife the President of the company has been devouring books with ... Continue reading this article…

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