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Deceptive Credit Card Offers, Part 3: Over-Limit Fees

by Luke Landes

Over the past few days, I’ve written a few posts about how credit cards have instituted new penalties in the past few years. They’re deceptive because you often don’t find out these terms until your application for credit has been accepted. Many long-time credit holders don’t even realize these newer practices exist! So far, we’ve ... Continue reading this article…

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Deceptive Credit Card Offers, Part 2: Universal Default

by Luke Landes

This is a short series in which we look at some of the deceptive practices favored by credit card companies. These are terms that are often not discolsed until after you’ve already applied and the company has checked your credit report. The items have been mentioned in an article on MSN, and I’m expanding a ... Continue reading this article…

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Deceptive Credit Card Offers, Part 1: Two-Cycle Billing

by Luke Landes

Although it’s common to recieve mailing from credit card companies offering credit cards with attractive terms, like 0 percent APR balance transfer offers or offers on small business credit cards they won’t tell you all the terms of the agreement until you actually apply for the card. This is often the case regardless of your “pre-approved” ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, May 2006 ($49,510, -0.56%)

by Luke Landes

My net worth as of May 31, 2006 is $49,510. I did pass $50,000 for some time this month, but despite my income being significantly higher than my expenses, I ended the month a little behind April. Continue for the numbers.

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Was Your Credit Card Number Stolen in February?

by Luke Landes

If you have ever been a customer of Hotels.com, this might affect you. Credit card numbers and names of 243,000 of the company’s customers were on a laptop computer stolen from an Ernst & Young employee in February. They only began notifying customers last week as until recently, the companies didn’t know what was contained ... Continue reading this article…

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Six Steps to Being Your Own Boss, Part 5

by Luke Landes

I’ve been developing a series about becoming your own boss, and this is part 5 in that series. The information is based on an article from MSN, but I’m pulling in information from other locations as well. Step 5: Raise Money Now that you have a solid business plan that outlines how much capital you ... Continue reading this article…

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Money Stats for Twentysomethings

by Luke Landes

A feature on MSN Money looks at finances of people in their twenties. The feature includes statistics such as median net worth, median income, percentage owning homes, etc. with which you can compare yourself if you happen to be in this particular demographic. At age 29, I was doing well compared to these averages, but ... Continue reading this article…

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Suze Orman’s Money Smarts Quiz for Graduates

by Luke Landes

I’m not exactly a Suze Orman fan. I find her unnecessarily rude to callers on her television show, and I don’t always agree with her advice. However, she has something worth mentioning every so often. For example, last year, I live-blogged her Young, Fabulous, and Broke special on PBS. On Yahoo Finance, Suze has created ... Continue reading this article…

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