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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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Second ShareBuilder Bonus Received: I Love Free Money

by Luke Landes

Today, ShareBuilder gave me the $50 I earned simply by using the promotion code ENTERTAIN50 when I opened my second brokerage account there. However, I’m still waiting for ebates.com to credit me with the $20 for using their site to open my account, but I did receive the $5 for opening the ebates account. In ... Continue reading this article…

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Today is National Get Out of Debt Day

by Luke Landes

Did you know that today, Tuesday, September 12, 2006 is “National Get Out of Debt Day?” Neither did I. Today, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling is taking questions online and over the phone… and answering those questions, free of charge. So, who are these people answering questions, and will they be trying to sell ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The latest Carnival of Personal Finance is up at No Credit Needed. For more Carnival updates, follow the Carnival of Personal Finance official blog. Here’s a quick administrative note. If you’re expecting a book in the mail, they should be out within a week.

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Drowning in Debt? 6 Tips for College Students and Recent Grads

by Luke Landes

One of the books I’m working on is The Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions, by Anna Ivey. I write a bit about decisions regarding graduate education, thanks to decisions I make in my own life, so I agreed to mention the book on Consumerism Commentary. One of the many things I learned while pursuing ... Continue reading this article…

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Do You Really Think Your Personal Information is Private?

by Luke Landes

As I mentioned yesterday, Consumer Reports seems to take a unique approach by having their employees go “under cover” to evaluate products and sometimes investigate companies. In their latest issue, Consumer Reports tackles data brokers, such as ChoicePoint, LexisNexis and Acxiom. Here’s what their three-month investigation revealed:

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Personal Balance Sheet, August 2006 ($54,014, +6.68%)

by Luke Landes

August was a good month, thanks mostly to side business income. Here is where my accounts stand as of the end of August 2006.

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Final Question of the Day

by Luke Landes

The final Question of the Day is being hosted at Get Rich Slowly, so take a minute to answer this question over there: What does money mean to you? The full schedule is contained below.

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