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Will China Make Americans Better or Worse Off?

by Luke Landes

Due to increasing skills and knowledge worldwide as well as labor costs that are a fraction of costs in the United States, there is some fear that the competition will mean less prosperity for people of my generation and younger. The concern is the younger generation may not be able to live as “well off” ... Continue reading this article…

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Regular Rundown

by Luke Landes

* Hedge funds risky to economy. * Fed may be ending rate hikes. * Honda Civic wins Car of the Year. * Out-of-state 529 plans are not tax-deductible. Here’s another reason to reconsider investing in these plans unless you know without a doubt where you’ll be sending your child to college.

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Regular Rundown

by Luke Landes

* The newest redesign of MSN Money is in preview, and I’m not impressed. * Consumers use home equity to pay for holiday gifts. No surprise; they also use credit cards. Some use equity to pay off credit cards. Debt warp! * Online advertising is soaring. MSN charges between several thousand and one million dollars ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Stress About Investing

by Luke Landes

Kiplinger’s presents four mantras for stress-free investing. If you’ve been feeling nervous about the stock market lately, perhaps considering these ideas will put you in a relaxed state of mind. 1. Think Long Term The longer you have until your savings deadline, the more risk you can afford to take. If your goals are decades ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival of Personal Finance #22

by Luke Landes

Welcome to the Carnival of Personal Finance, 22nd Edition! I’m not quite sure what happened to this week’s actual host, so I’m filling in. I may have missed your submission — please send me a quick note and I’ll add yours in if I did. Here are this week’s submissions, in reverse order of arrival. ... Continue reading this article…

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The Rich Can Teach Us A Thing Or Two

by Luke Landes

Here are five lessons we strugglers can “learn” from millionaires, according to Liz Pulliam Weston at MSN Money. How are the rich different than the “rest of us?” Let me enumerate the ways: 1. They give away more. Households with more than $500,000 of investible assets give away 6 percent of their incomes. I’m not sure ... Continue reading this article…

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Fight The Allure of Low Prices

by Luke Landes

The advice I hear most often is to stay away from high-priced mutual funds and go for the low cost index funds instead. The logic behind this is that you pay for fund management with no guarantee that the fund will beat its index. Extending this logic, one might think it would make sense to ... Continue reading this article…

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Your New York Number

by Luke Landes

Note: If you are looking for my look at The Number, by Lee Eisenberg, start here. The following is a look at an article that appeared in New York Magazine before I was aware of the upcoming book. Wouldn’t it be great to stop working and have enough money never to run out for the ... Continue reading this article…

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