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Making The Most Of The Holidays

by Luke Landes

The holiday shopping season is in high gear, and Marketwatch has an idea about how this can be used to your advantage. If you think that retail will have a positive season, John Spence recommends buying ETFs (exchange-traded funds) that follow the retail sector. They can be traded like stocks for those who like to ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival Monday

by Luke Landes

Ready to begin the week? The latest Carnival of Personal Finance is up at Frugal Underground. Check it out, and stand in awe of Sarah’s sorting method. The Carnival of the Capitalists has also been posted. Between the two, there is a lot of great reading to ensure you don’t get any work done today.

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A Look At The Number, Part 3

by Luke Landes

This is Part 3 in a series about The Number by Lee Eisenberg. Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here. The great thing about science is people are now living older and in better health in the past. From a certain point of view, a long lifespan may be a curse rather than ... Continue reading this article…

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Review of The Number by Lee Eisenberg, Part 1

by Luke Landes

Over the next week or so, I’ll be taking an in-depth look at a book to be released next year entitled The Number, written by Lee Eisenberg. Before I get to the book, let me explain how the book came into my possession. At the end of October, I blogged about Lee’s article in New ... Continue reading this article…

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Will China Make Americans Better or Worse Off?

by Luke Landes

Due to increasing skills and knowledge worldwide as well as labor costs that are a fraction of costs in the United States, there is some fear that the competition will mean less prosperity for people of my generation and younger. The concern is the younger generation may not be able to live as “well off” ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival Time

by Luke Landes

It’s the first day back at work for me, although I don’t feel like I had much of a vacation. This is despite spending almost an entire week in California spending time with family. Let’s get back into the swing of things with this week’s Carnival of Personal Finance, hosted by Financial Fruition, which includes ... Continue reading this article…

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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Strategies

by Luke Landes

Just like for the older Xbox, the new Xbox 360 costs more to manufacture than Microsoft charges for the system. The retail price is $399 (which will eventually be cut down, which is the pattern for video game consoles) but the cost for all of the components is $552.27. Microsoft must believe that people who ... Continue reading this article…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

by Luke Landes

I hope everyone has a happy holiday! There are many, many things I’m thankful for. Sure, it’s great to have a job and have money coming in. Most importantly, I’m thankful for the wonderful, supportive people I’ve met online through this blog as well as through my other blogs. I met my girlfriend through one ... Continue reading this article…

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