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Fight The Allure of Low Prices

by Luke Landes

The advice I hear most often is to stay away from high-priced mutual funds and go for the low cost index funds instead. The logic behind this is that you pay for fund management with no guarantee that the fund will beat its index. Extending this logic, one might think it would make sense to ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival #21

by Luke Landes

Good morning! This week’s Carnival of Personal Finance is hosted by Blueprint for Financial Prosperity. Next week’s is scheduled to be hosted by Financial Freedom 4 All.

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Personal Finance Bloggers, Please Read

by Luke Landes

This is a post just for personal finance bloggers, so others may not be too interested. I’m building a new service and I’d like to do it in partnership (think “group ownership” with everyone having an equal role) with several other people. I’ve already assumed the risk (purchased the domain name) but I’d like to ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival #20!

by Luke Landes

The Carnival of Personal Finance has reached issue #20, and is hosted this week by WealthyWeb. All of the articles submitted and included are worth reading, but particularly these: * 2million realized that 0 percent balance transfers (like the one I attempted) have a negative affect on a credit score. * When it’s not rabbit season ... Continue reading this article…

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College, The Social Financial Equalizer

by Luke Landes

The cost of higher education is huge, and I don’t see how middle class families can afford to send multiple kids to good schools without sacrificing their own finances. Take a look at the ten most expensive colleges in the United States. 1. Landmark: $37,738 2. George Washington U.: $36,400 3. U of Richmond: $34,850 ... Continue reading this article…

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Teaching Kids About Money, Part 2

by Luke Landes

Previously, I mentioned Yahoo Finance’s latest feature on teaching children about money. This post continues with that feature. Lynne Ticknor acknowledges that schools often don’t have the resources to teach classes beyond core curriculum. Personal finance classes are therefore difficult to find in public schools. Thus, the responsibility falls on the parents, who as many ... Continue reading this article…

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Teaching Kids About Money

by Luke Landes

Yahoo Finance is presenting a feature on teaching children about money. Here are some of the highlights. When to Kick Your Kid Out of the House, and Other Financial Lessons for Parents. In a middle-class household, it will cost on average $184,000 to allow your one child to live to year 17. If you send ... Continue reading this article…

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Your New York Number

by Luke Landes

Note: If you are looking for my look at The Number, by Lee Eisenberg, start here. The following is a look at an article that appeared in New York Magazine before I was aware of the upcoming book. Wouldn’t it be great to stop working and have enough money never to run out for the ... Continue reading this article…

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