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Study: Money Makes People Mean

by Luke Landes

A recent study entitled The Psychological Consequences of Money shows that people with money on their mind are less likely to help others. Here’s the abstract: Money has been said to change people’s motivation (mainly for the better) and their behavior toward others (mainly for the worse). The results of nine experiments suggest that money ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, January 2007 ($75,174, +9.16%)

by Luke Landes

The first month of the year started off with a nice net worth increase. I now have five years’ worth of financial history recorded in Quicken. At the end of January 2002, my net worth was $9,394… below zero. I had no investments, nothing in my bank account, student loans and a small bit of ... Continue reading this article…

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Americans Aren’t Saving, Little Splurges Add Up

by Luke Landes

Here are some interesting survey results from the Pew Research Center. 77 percent of Americans describe themselves as “always looking for more ways to save money,” while 18 percent don’t even try to save. 63 percent believe they should save more, while 32 percent believe they are saving enough. How about spending more than one can afford? Today, a ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Ratios for Personal Evaluation: Working Capital Ratio

by Luke Landes

I’m a fan of using financial reports to analyze my personal financial position and progress. I’ve done this so far using basic reports, like the balance sheet and income and expense report. When investors and decision makers analyze companies, they also look beyond these statements. There are a number of ratios or comparisons that tell ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives

by Luke Landes

I’m continuing a retrospective this entire year, to benefit new readers who may have missed these articles the first time around. Here is a taste of what you may have missed this week over the past few years. From January 22-31, 2006, a particularly productive week: * Introducing the MoneyBlogNetwork — yes, today is the ... Continue reading this article…

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Princeton University Holds Tuition Steady

by Luke Landes

If you’re an undergraduate student at Princeton University, you may be happy to hear that tuition for the 2007-08 year will hold steady at $33,000, or only $3,000 more than a seminar with the Maui Millionaires. Don’t get too excited, tiger. While tuition isn’t increasing, the costs for room and board will be substantially higher. ... Continue reading this article…

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National Tax Advice Day 2007

by Luke Landes

Tomorrow, January 11, 2007, is H&R Block’s National Tax Advice Day. This “holiday” occurs right before the IRS begins accepting completed tax forms, to build awareness of of H&R Block’s products and services. The company has established a website for taxpayers to access free tools and generalized advice. There have been improvements since last year. ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives

by Luke Landes

I’m continuing a retrospective this entire year, to benefit new readers who may have missed these articles the first time around. Here is a taste of what you may have missed this week over the past few years. Some have active discussions you may find interesting. From January 8-14, 2006: * Recession Prediction * To ... Continue reading this article…

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