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Friday Articles

by Luke Landes

On Fridays, instead of just the regular personal finance links, perhaps I’ll put together a hodge-podge of everything I find interesting. A veritable cornucopia of delectable links. * Nothing quick about getting rich with real estate * Doctor Who to air on Sci-Fi channel in March — too bad I have only 30 TV stations, ... Continue reading this article…

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Taxes and Your First Job

by Luke Landes

Yesterday I mentioned earier, this Thursday will be National Tax Advice Day. Yes, it’s a fabricated holiday to sell software and services from H&R Block, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find some good information within their materials. H&R Block has advice for those people in their first job who might be filing their taxes ... Continue reading this article…

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Bag-Lady Syndrome

by Luke Landes

Many of us fear that our financial security, or what we have of it, could disappear in a moment. Even wealthy people share this fear. It might not be unfounded. Jay MacDonald from Bankrate writes about bag-lady syndrome, a curious feeling plaguing women. Women tend to be unprepared and overwhelmed when widowhood or divorce suddenly ... Continue reading this article…

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Next Book Review – Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

by Luke Landes

I wasn’t contacted by the publisher to provide a review of this book. However, I did see it in the store last month while shopping for gifts, and I decided to pick it up. Stay tuned for a review of Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell at some point relatively soon. ... Continue reading this article…

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Early Morning Carnivals

by Luke Landes

If you’re an insomiac, you can stay up all night reading the latest Carnival of Personal Finance, hosted by All Things Financial. Another week of great articles have been included. Check out MyMoneyBlog’s post on tricky credit card offers and thoughts on HSBCDirect from Clutter2Cash. This is the 30th edition of the Carnival of Personal ... Continue reading this article…

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My Retirement Investment Changes

by Luke Landes

Based partly on feedback when I listed my investment holdings, I made some changes to my retirement contributions for 2006. In my 401(k), I shifted around my percentage allocations to increase international and small-cap exposure at the expense of large-caps, which are currently overweighted. In the Roth IRA, I’ll be investing in a small-cap equity ... Continue reading this article…

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Stocks Are For Suckers?

by Luke Landes

The book I recently reviewed focuses on investing in index funds and letting the portfolio sit for decades — “buy and hold.” It’s a strategy that has been popular since the market took a downward spin when the tech bubble gave out. Not everyone agrees that it’s the best strategy. Mark Cuban, outspoken owner of ... Continue reading this article…

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Review of Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People by Jane Bryant Quinn

by Luke Landes

I just finished reading Jane Bryant Quinn’s new book, Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People. I’ve had it for a few weeks but the holidays stole my reading time. Now that you’ve read my excuse, let’s get to the review.

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