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Seven Home Equity Tips, Part 2: Use Equity to Build Assets

by Luke Landes

If a home equity loan is not ideal for paying off credit card debt, what other options are there for making the most of the cash that would otherwise be locked away? David Bach has a suggestion, and it is his second tip out of seven for dealing with your home equity. 2. Use home ... Continue reading this article…

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Seven Home Equity Tips, Part 1: Don’t Pay Off Credit Card Debt With Loan

by Luke Landes

Does it make sense to use a home equity loan to pay off credit card debt? As with anything, the answer is sometimes. While proponents of certain mortgage payoff acceleration loans might disagree, David Bach is offering some good reasons to let your home equity build without the burdens of extra loans or lines of ... Continue reading this article…

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An Example of Excellent Customer Service

by Luke Landes

KMC from Advanced Personal Finance shared a stroke of genius by a USAA customer service representative. When he called the bank to undo a theoretically costly mistake, the representative offered to fix the problem in a way he didn’t even know was possible. While KMC simply wanted to un-cancel his oldest credit card, the employee ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup, Catching Up Edition

by Luke Landes

While I was able to check email and even post a few articles while away on vacation, I’ll be spending all of this coming week trying to catch up with the news, comments, and emails that have been left over the past few days. I’m afraid to open Quicken and start recording my expenses for ... Continue reading this article…

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Fidelity Investments to Offer High-Yield Checking

by Luke Landes

I am currently on vacation and may not offer posts as frequently as usual. More brokers are offering high-yield checking accounts to compete with ING Direct’s Orange Checking. Offering competitive checking accounts helps the brokerages increase their assets without having to pay a significant portion of its earnings out as interest. Right now, E*Trade is ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnivals are Up!

by Luke Landes

Consumerism Commentary is included in two blog carnivals today. The Carnival of Personal Finance, hosted at Frugal Law Student, includes Another Case of Misleading Statistics, and the Carnival of Debt Reduction, hosted at Finance Psychology, includes Paying Off Debt: 6 Steps to Building a Better Snowball. Here are some of the articles I enjoyed from ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup, Newport and Boston Edition

by Luke Landes

Thanks again to everyone who suggested fun things to do in Boston and Newport. I’m taking a good number of the suggestions and will report back when possible. While I’m away, I’ll be blogging, but in the chance you’d like to read some articles by some of the bloggers I enjoy, check out these. Free ... Continue reading this article…

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Get Your Personal Finance Questions Answered

by Luke Landes

On Friday, August 17 and Thursday, August 30, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance are presenting free one-on-one discussions with professional advisors. To get your questions answered, either call 888-919-2345 on one of those two dates between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm or email your questions in ... Continue reading this article…

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