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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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Carnival of Personal Finance #19

by Luke Landes

Welcome to the Carnival of Personal Finance, 19th edition! You are visiting Consumerism Commentary, a website where I discuss my personal finances with links to related news with commentary every once in a while. Here is a little about me and this website. You can browse my latest updates or start with the “Best Of ... Continue reading this article…

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Ben Stein’s Assumptions

by Luke Landes

Ben Stein is one of Yahoo! Finance’s new featured columnists. I’ve always liked his opinions on investing (but I’ve stayed away from his opinions in politics). In his latest column, Ben Stein takes some conservative assumptions for stock market performance and illustrates how the sooner you start saving for retirement, the better — much better. ... Continue reading this article…

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Are You An Investor Or Speculator?

by Luke Landes

Mark Cuban has presented an editorial on the differences between investing and speculating. He proposes that investors no longer exist and the vast majority of those in the market are speculators. He concludes with his own opinion about how corporate profits distributed to shareholders should be taxed. True investors in businesses would not be taxed, ... Continue reading this article…

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Emergency Funds, Doing Okay?

by Luke Landes

We hear all the time how Americans are not saving enough for emergencies. The “Emergency Fund” is heralded as the first step in getting a sound financial footing, before thoughts about investing in stocks or making large purchases enter the brain. The idea of putting aside cash for a (very) rainy day has been a ... Continue reading this article…

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Investing After Katrina

by Luke Landes

Here are some articles that touch on how to concentrate investments post-Katrina. Jim Jubak says stay away from sectors that will take a strong hit due to rising energy and commodity prices in addition to retailers that rely on low-income consumers. Instead, head towards companies that stand to gain the economic shift that Katrina has ... Continue reading this article…

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Balance Sheet, August 2005

by Luke Landes

Once again, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the monthy progress report. The good news is my balances went up this month. The bad news is that it wasn’t by much. If I get around to posting my income sheet for the month, we’ll be able to see where the problems lie. I keep adding ... Continue reading this article…

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