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Personal Balance Sheet, June 2006 ($49,872, +2.03%)

by Luke Landes

I added just above 2 percent to my net worth this month. The market performed a little better in June than in May. That helped, but only slightly. Continue reading for the details.

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Fed Up

by Luke Landes

The Federal Reserve Board raised the federal funds rate to 5.25 percent today. Consumers like us will eventually see that increase in mortgage loan and credit card interest rates. While I don’t have a mortgage and I don’t pay interest to credit cards at the moment, I do have student loans that have been affected by ... Continue reading this article…

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Bid for Lunch With Warren Buffett Update

by Luke Landes

If you’ve been bidding on eBay’s auction for lunch with Warren Buffett, you may want to know that the highest bid is currently $455,100. That’s the highest price this annual event has raised is the few years of its existence. The auction opened yesterday and will end on the June 29, so get our your ... Continue reading this article…

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Dustin Diamond (Screech)’s Strange Land Contract

by Luke Landes

You may remember Dustin Diamond as “Screech” from the television show, Saved By The Bell. I heard about his situation a few days ago. He appeared on Howard Stern’s satellite radio show and begged his fans to buy his tee-shirts so he could pay off his house, as he has run into sorry financial times. ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Make These Mistakes, Part 2

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, I wrote about three mistakes in retirement planning an AARP financial professional made in his own life. Today, I’ll continuee with the next three points from the original Yahoo Finance feature. These are three additional actions or attitudes you should not emulate:

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Carnival of Personal Finance #53

by Luke Landes

Welcome to the anniversary edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance! What a year it has been. The first Carnival of Personal Finance was posted on June 20, 2005. To celebrate the Carnival’s first birthday, I asked participants to submit two articles: a recent favorite as usual and one of their favorites from the past ... Continue reading this article…

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You Won’t Be Rich, Maybe Just Solvent

by Luke Landes

Jeanne Sahadi has a tendency to bring people back to reality, and she does so nicely with her latest commentary, the Not-a-millionaire guide to financial security. She points out that getting rich is pretty difficult unless you’re an investment banker or venture capitalist. If you try to live like you’re rich before you are, you’ll ... Continue reading this article…

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Deceptive Credit Card Offers, Part 4: Due Times

by Luke Landes

As you may know, I’ve been running a series this week, looking at several deceptive practices credit card companies have begun to use in the past few years. As credit issuers have been making less money on the spread between their borrowed cash and the interest they charge their customers, the companies look for new ... Continue reading this article…

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