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Annual Fee?!

by Luke Landes

My previously-mediocre-but-not-horrible discount brokerage firm decided to start charging an annual fee… a fee higer than some full-service brokerages. I’m high-tailing it out of there ASAP, and I’m looking to do it without any tax implications. Although, even if I have to sell, the tax burden shouldn’t be too bad. So, with the several thousand ... Continue reading this article…

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Time to Think About Gift-Giving

by Luke Landes

Fool.com: Couples and the Christmas Cash Crunch Have you budgetted for the holiday season? Planning on going into debt to pay for all the people in your life who deserve the kind of Christmas you used to have? There are some good tips in this article to help you get through the holiday season without ... Continue reading this article…

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The Average Family

by Luke Landes

Fool.com: Is Your Cash Flow Normal? The average family (statistically speaking, that is) in the United States earned $38,106 in 2001 after taxes were paid. The same average family spent $39,518, so if this trend continues, people will just grow deeper into debt. The article breaks down that spending into several categories. See how you ... Continue reading this article…

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Win Ben Stein’s Advice

by Luke Landes

The Secret to Ben Stein’s Money is saving, saving, saving. Take his advice.

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Investing as a Couple

by Luke Landes

If I had a dime for every article on personal financial issues for couples (married or otherwise), I would be rich. This article shows an example of a newlywed couple determining how to invest $20,000 previously not in a diversified portfolio. The article cites MSN’s previous articles on finance for couples. Romance can wait; first, ... Continue reading this article…

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Managing Your Money, Dilbert Style

by Luke Landes

Scott Adams, creator of the comic strip Dilbert and holder of an MBA from Berkeley, wrote a “book” on personal finance, and is summarized today on The Motley Fool. Adams boils personal finance down to nine points, which you will see if you read the article.

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Microsoft Money 2004

by Luke Landes

Over the last couple of days, Microsoft has released their new version of their personal finance software, Microsoft Money 2004. PC Magazine has already reviewed this updated version. They seemed to be quite happy. I’ve used both Intuit’s Quicken 2003 and Money 2003 (concurrently) to compare the two pieces of software, and unlike many people ... Continue reading this article…

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Basic Advice For Future Millionaires

by Luke Landes

We’ve compiled a list of some rules of thumb that you might hold up against your budget, debt, savings, life insurance and net worth. This article paraphrases most books on personal finance, and manages to do so in just a few short paragraphs. I can do one step better: I’ll now paraphrase the article into ... Continue reading this article…

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