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Revisiting The Housing Bubble, Part 2

by Luke Landes

Part 1 on this short series about the housing bubble is here, driven by several articles from Fortune Magazine. Lately I’ve been splitting some of my longer posts into several parts — it’s better for digestion (metaphorically or otherwise). Today, about a third of new mortgages are nonstandard, fuzzy-math loans that have allowed many Americans ... Continue reading this article…

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More Reading From The Blogs

by Luke Landes

Here are some noteworthy posts from other blogs that I’ve come across in the last week or so: * JLP from AllThingsFinancial intereviewed Lee Eisenberg in two parts. This is nice companion reading to my five-part review of Eisenberg’s soon-to-be-released book, The Number. * Jim from Blueprint for Financial Prosperity is compiling a list of ... Continue reading this article…

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Suze Orman’s Tips For 2006, Part 1

by Luke Landes

I’m not the biggest fan of Suze Orman. I’ve seen her show and I don’t like the way she talks to her callers, even if they deserve a little berating. I don’t agree with all of her advice, such her suggestions for young workers in the advertising industry in New York. If I remember correctly, ... Continue reading this article…

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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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