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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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News and Blogs, Monday, November 24, 2008

by Luke Landes

Reminder: While I am on vacation this week, Consumerism Commentary is featuring articles by other writers. Please read Criminal Charges: Volume XVII, the first of this week’s guest articles. Rescue Deal for CitiGroup. Citi is too big to fail, so the government is preparing an injection of $20 billion in addition to the $25 billion ... Continue reading this article…

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News and Blogs: Thursday, November 20, 2008

by Luke Landes

Happy New Year? Not For Some. At the beginning of 2009, employees who take part in a 403(b) plan, which is like a 401(k) plan for non-profit organizations, will have fewer investment options. This change will bring 403(b) plans in line with the expectations for 401(k) plans. The change will probably mean higher expenses and ... Continue reading this article…

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Take Control of Your Finances Part 5: Build a Better Budget

by Luke Landes

This is the next installment in a series at Consumerism Commentary about taking control of your finances. Please consider subscribing to the Consumerism Commentary RSS feed for updates. It’s no secret that budgeting is a chore. Although this piece of personal finance carries an ugly reputation, even a simple form of budgeting will help you ... Continue reading this article…

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