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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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Items In The News

by Luke Landes

Here are some news items that struck my interest today. Profit Motive to Cost Credit Counselors Tax-Exempt Status from the Washington Post. They won’t release the names of the companies losing their non-profit status yet, so beware of all companies that promise they exist to help you. Five months of networking, still no new job ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The latest Carnival of Personal Finance has been posted at 2million’s Blog. Also, the Best of Me Symphony is up at The Owner’s Manual. Here are some items that caught my eye: Mover Mike wonders what jewelers will do with regard to pricing inventory as the commodity price of gold climbs. That’s a valid concern ... Continue reading this article…

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Latest ShareBuilder Promotion

by Luke Landes

Updated June 24, 2010. I’ve had good experiences with ShareBuilder so far. A while ago, I took advantage of their $50 bonus to receive $46 in a free ETF ($50 minus a $4 transaction fee). There is a new promotion code that will provide you with $25 after your first trade. Visit ShareBuilder through this ... Continue reading this article…

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Ten Tips For Cutting Car Expenses

by Luke Landes

Car costs got you down? The inimitable Suze Orman offers ten tips for keeping car insurance costs down in a world where gas prices continue to climb. Here’s the short version: * Boost your deductible. Keep cash on hand for emergencies, or call it partially self-insuring. This will keep your monthly payments down and you ... Continue reading this article…

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