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How to Close an E*TRADE Investing Account

by Luke Landes
How to close an E*TRADE investment account

Yesterday, I was motivated to further clean up my excess financial accounts. After a long delay, I moved my main accounts into a revocable living trust, a legal entity I created earlier this year to keep my finances in the best order possible. As I visited Wells Fargo yesterday to move my primary checking account ... Continue reading this article…

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4 Types of Retirement: Which Will You Choose?

by Luke Landes
Which retirement will you choose?

While every situation is different, there are only a few types of retirement for those of us in the working class. Before I get to the retirement concept, here’s what I mean by “working class.” The working class includes those who need to survive by trading their time and effort for an income. They could ... Continue reading this article…

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5 Tips for Protecting Your Windfalls

by Luke Landes
George Oscar Bluth

In the fourth season of Arrested Development, the audience discovers the troubled Bluth family received a government stimulus bailout during the recession. Rather than using the “stimmy” to fix their troubling real estate family business operation, they used the money to buy 4,000 acres of worthless land in — well, I won’t spoil it. There’s ... Continue reading this article…

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Housing Price Graphics, The President’s Finances, and Retirement Contributions

by Lance

A few times a month, Lance from Money Life and More will stop by to share some of the best articles from across a variety of publications, including other blogs and mainstream media. I’ve been spending a lot of time renovating our townhouse to prepare to become a landlord in the next month or so. It is ... Continue reading this article…

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Calvin, April 2013 Net Worth

by Luke Landes
Calvin's Net Worth, April 2013

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on Consumerism Commentary where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. Calvin is in his early 40s, earning a salary of $120,000 ... Continue reading this article…

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Anonymous S, April 2013 Net Worth

by Luke Landes
Anonymous S Net Worth

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on Consumerism Commentary where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. Anonymous S is a 24-year-old engineer earning $67,000 a year plus ... Continue reading this article…

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The Honesty of Companies, Middle Class Stagnation

by Lance
Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day! Take some time to thank your mother for any good personal finance lessons you learned while you were growing up, whether by positive or negative example. A few times a month, Lance from Money Life and More will stop by to share some of the best articles from across a variety of publications, including ... Continue reading this article…

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Three Psychological Barriers: Taking the First Step

by Luke Landes
Psychological barriers

Everyone starts their path to financial independence from a different position. The popular belief that everyone born in this country has an equal opportunity for financial success is a Utopian myth. It may be an ideal foremost in early European settlers’ minds as they escaped a society where wealth was determined by little more than ... Continue reading this article…

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