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The Schwab Bank Invest First™ Visa Signature® Credit Card

by Smithee

The name of the card has clearly too many symbols and arguably too many syllables, but when the daily financial news is consistently dire, I should just be happy to see something that is this innovative and attractive. It’s a credit card that gives you free money for investing. Of course, we at Consumerism Commentary ... Continue reading this article…

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News and Blogs: Monday, December 8, 2008

by Luke Landes

Anheuser-Busch Cuts 1,400 Jobs. This shouldn’t be a surprise after the company was purchased by InBev and the company promised over a million dollars in annual savings. Maybe It’s Time to Buy That First House. Don’t worry, there are no conclusions in this New York Times article. Maybe it is time, but maybe it is ... Continue reading this article…

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Take Control of Your Finances Part 7: Set Goals

by Luke Landes

Last month, I began writing about the process of taking control of one’s own financial condition. It’s common to outline any process by describing a series of steps, and that is the form I have chosen for writing about this particular process. The steps I’ve described roughly follow my experience as I learned to take ... Continue reading this article…

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45% Less Credit in Americans’ Wallets

by Smithee

Meredith Whitney, an analyst with Oppenheimer & Co. is predicting that credit card issuers may cut as much as $2 trillion worth of available credit in the near future, representing about 45 percent of today’s levels. The Motley Fool has decided to call this The Death of Credit Cards, but we’ll be co-existing with them for ... Continue reading this article…

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News and Blogs: Monday, December 1, 2008

by Luke Landes

More ING Direct $25 bonus links are now available. I’ve posted more referral codes received from Consumerism Commentary readers on the waiting list. In a few weeks, I plan on opening the waiting list again, so subscribe to the RSS feed so you can respond quickly to add your name before the list is closed ... Continue reading this article…

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Thanks to This Week’s Guest Authors

by Luke Landes

While I visited with family on the opposite side of the country this past week for Thanksgiving, I offered the opportunity to feature a few guest authors at Consumerism Commentary. The guests provided a number of excellent articles to keep this website going strong while I was away, and I thank them for doing so. ... Continue reading this article…

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The Mythical Demise of Social Security

by Luke Landes

About the author: This guest post comes to you from Mr. ToughMoneyLove, a baby boomer who dishes the hard truth about money and personal finance at his Tough Money Love blog. I cannot count the number of times I have seen or heard statements proclaiming with great certainty that Social Security will “disappear” or that ... Continue reading this article…

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Predatory Bank Fees Could Lead to the End of Banks

by Luke Landes

About the author: Karney Hatch is a filmmaker whose new documentary, Overdrawn!, explores the predatory lending practices of major national banks with Ralph Nader, Joel Bakan, a loan shark, and many others. In all the number crunching and legalese surrounding predatory fees of various sorts, it’s easy to forget the visceral reaction that they cause ... Continue reading this article…

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