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Hot Cars and Cheap Cars

by Luke Landes

The beginning of the year must be popular for talking about upgrading your vehicle. Recently, I mentioned the insurance discount for hybrid owners, but there are some additional stories about cars in the news. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine surveyed MSRP, service costs, resale value, fuel cost, and insurance cost to come up with a value ... Continue reading this article…

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Did You Catch These?

by Luke Landes

Here are a few articles that I’ve enjoyed by other bloggers in the past week or so. * Free Money Finance mentions store return policies, a hot topic after the holidays. Stores are getting stricter and you have to play by their rules. * JLP from AllThingsFinancial talks about the Alternative Minimum Tax. * Jim ... Continue reading this article…

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Review of Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People by Jane Bryant Quinn

by Luke Landes

I just finished reading Jane Bryant Quinn’s new book, Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People. I’ve had it for a few weeks but the holidays stole my reading time. Now that you’ve read my excuse, let’s get to the review.

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Carnival of Investing #3

by Luke Landes

Welcome to Consumerism Commentary, this week’s host of the Carnival of Investing! The Carnival of Investing is a new Blog Carnival that collects the best blog entries in the past week or so that focus on the topic of investing. In the words of Mr. B. Rhymes, c’mon, c’mon, let’s get to it.

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Balance Sheet, December 2005

by Luke Landes

What a year! In my personal finances, I’ve mad some advances, but not without letting a few things fall between the cracks. The market turned sour in the last week of the year, and that had too much of an effect on my investment balances. Keep reading for some tables that show my progress over ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnivals for the New Year

by Luke Landes

Welcome to 2006! The latest Carnival of Personal Finance has been posted at The Real Returns, so check it out! Also, I’ll be hosting the Carnival of Investing tomorrow, so email me your late submissions and I’ll get them in.

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How To Achieve 100,000 Visitors

by Luke Landes

Free Money Finance is running an informative series on how to get your blog to 100,000 visitors and beyond. Unfortunately, so far he has neglected an important traffic grabber that was discovered by the Seattle Times. (This relates to personal finance because of the proliferation of “monetized” blogs — you know, with ads, like Consumerism ... Continue reading this article…

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My Investment Holdings

by Luke Landes

I was wondering how my investments were doing this year, so I whipped up a table. It appears my managed funds have generally outperformed my index fund. Some notes: * My 401(k) was recently rebalanced (it’s automatic on a quarterly basis). * The YTD Return is annualized based on either the most recent information or ... Continue reading this article…

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