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Carnival Monday

by Luke Landes

Good morning! I had a generally relaxing weekend, and I hope you did as well. I posted this weekend about NutriSystem’s stock and my holiday shopping. Monday is Carnival Day (for the most part) and Political Calculations is hosting the Carnival of Personal Finance. My entry on Flexible Spending Accounts is included. Also, You Need ... Continue reading this article…

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2005′s Strongest Stock

by Luke Landes

NutriSystem [NTRI] climbed 1,500 percent this year. That’s an amazing climb. I expect that it would be impossible to keep that momentum up, but if you happened to buy NutriSystem at the beginning of the year, you’d be a happy person now. NutriSystem’s customer base is huge. Also, there are many of these customers, as the ... Continue reading this article…

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A Hedge-Like Fund For The Rest Of Us

by Luke Landes

Amanda Cantrell from CNN Money evaluates the performance of mutual funds that act like hedge funds. Is their performance worth the expense? Here are the details of the four funds the author evaluated: Fund Exp Ratio Sales Chg YTD Rtn The Gateway Fund [GATEX] 0.97 percent   4.52 percent Diamond Hill Focus Long/Short [DIAMX] 1.75 percent 5.00 percent 12.12 percent ... Continue reading this article…

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Working Environments With High Health Risk

by Luke Landes

I had a frustrating morning with one of my bosses today. It was the kind of encounter where you have to get up and walk away for a few minutes to refocus. I stool in an empty conference room for some time, talking myself down from my crazy thoughts such as quitting before I had ... Continue reading this article…

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Blogosphere Supernova

by Luke Landes

About a year ago, I gave a shout-out to the other finance blogs on the internet — there weren’t many blogs in this category back then. Take a look at the comments and see the germination of personal finance blogs that have become some of the most popular out there. On my sidebar I keep ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The Carnival of Personal Finance has been posted at Wealth Junkie! And there was much rejoicing and reading great personal finance articles, like Donor XY by Nina at Sitting Pretty and Get Fit, Save Money by InsureBlog. The latter article ties in directly with one of my resolutions for 2006. Next week’s Carnival, the first ... Continue reading this article…

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A Look At The Number, Part 5: Your Passion

by Luke Landes

This is Part 5 in a series about The Number by Lee Eisenberg. Part 1 is here, Part 2 is here, Part 3 is here, and Part 4 is here. The third and final section of The Number is about discovering your Number, the net worth or yearly income required to live independently of working. ... Continue reading this article…

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It’s Budget Crunch Time

by Luke Landes

At work, I’m in the midst of working on the 2006 budget for a division of a large company. I’ve been putting in 12 hours days in the office, followed by several hours from home through the VPN. Two of my MBA courses are overlapping this week as well, and I have three and a ... Continue reading this article…

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