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Ben Stein: Invest or Pay Off Mortgage?

by Luke Landes

This is an age-old question. Does it make more financial sense to pay off your mortgage quicker by increasing or adding payments, or to use that extra money and invest in an index fund in the stock market? The simple answer is to choose the option that leaves you with the most money down the ... Continue reading this article…

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The 2nd Anniversary Carnival of Personal Finance: Wow!

by Luke Landes

J.D. from Get Rich Slowly did an awesome job hosting the second anniversary edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance. I particularly like the theme he has chosen — bloggers’ “greatest hits.” Here we have a hundred or so of the articles bloggers have chosen as their favorites from the past two years. This Carnival ... Continue reading this article…

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Ben Stein: Your Suggested Portfolio

by Luke Landes

Ben Stein is one of my favorite financial writers. I don’t always agree with his political views, but I usually find him to be grounded in reality in money matters. Also, he’s a pretty funny guy when he wants to be. Here is what he suggests for a typical working American’s portfolio distribution, from a ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup, Cleaning and Packing Edition

by Luke Landes

For your reading enjoyment while I clean and pack this weekend, here are some interesting articles from my colleagues in the MoneyBlogNetwork as well as from other personal finance blogs. Would You Drive a Car That Cost Only $2,500 New? Mighty Bargain Hunter wonders if this price point is too low to cover quality engineering, ... Continue reading this article…

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Wall Street Journal: Managing Money in Public

by Luke Landes

My former boss at the company I currently work for knows that I have a side interest that involves personal finance and the web. Obviously, I do not supply too many details to him as I prefer to maintain some level of anonymity on Consumerism Commentary, considering the personal information I’ve been posting since 2003. ... Continue reading this article…

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Net Worth of $100,000: Not Looking Good for This Month

by Luke Landes

When I reviewed my finances for the end of May 2007, I predicted I would be breaking the six figure barrier around the end of the first week of June. That didn’t happen, and it looks like I’ll be putting off that milestone for another month or so. Thanks to the fact I signed my ... Continue reading this article…

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Announcement About Carnival of Personal Finance #105

by Luke Landes

Next Monday, Get Rich Slowly will present the second anniversary edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance. To celebrate the occasion, J.D. would like to host the edition differently to celebrate. Here are the details. Get Rich Slowly will host the second anniversary edition of the carnival next Monday. I want to make this one ... Continue reading this article…

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FICO Will Eliminate Common Way to Build Credit

by Luke Landes

One of the most common ways for young people, say teenagers, to build credit is to become an authorized user on one or more of their parents’ credit cards. This way, they immediately have a significant amount of available credit, and by the time they need a credit score after college, they might have a ... Continue reading this article…

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