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Seven Zen Principles to Guide Your Money and Your Life

by Luke Landes

A few years ago, I visited the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Japanese gardens are designed precisely to appear natural, resulting in an interesting collision between nature and man. There is a set of principles or aesthetics that guide the creation of Japanese gardens, including the dry gardens commonly called ... Continue reading this article…

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New Graduates Facing Unemployment May Never Reach Income Potential

by Luke Landes

The unemployment rate for young workers between the ages of 16 and 23 is 18 percent, and that is an increase of five points from a year ago. That age group includes high school drop-outs as well as college graduates, and for these people the future looks bleak. Adults are taking the minimum-wage jobs teenagers might ... Continue reading this article…

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Press Release: Consumerism Commentary Podcast Kicks Off Second Season

by Luke Landes

Popular personal finance show returns with host Tom Dziubek and guest Adam Baker KENDALL PARK, NJ — October 19, 2009 — Tom Dziubek, veteran podcast producer from the Wall Street Journal, returns to Consumerism Commentary this week for the production of the second season of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast. The second season of the popular ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 26: Mark Frauenfelder, Creator of Boing Boing

by Luke Landes

Tom Dziubek and Flexo speak with Mark Frauenfelder, the creator of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of the MAKE magazine. Frauenfelder also writes for Credit.com, and within this interview he shares details about some of this website’s new services including the Credit Report Card (reviewed here). Frauenfelder is a proponent of the do-it-yourself (DIY) lifestyle, ... Continue reading this article…

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Quicken 2010 Available Now

by Luke Landes

I’ve been a relatively faithful user of Quicken for the past five years after switching from Microsoft Money and other more basic personal finance management software. Even though I continue using this software to track my income and expenses and to share my finances with the world, I have never been silent about the software’s ... Continue reading this article…

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TV Ad Volume May Finally Be Moderated

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This is something I’ve wanted to see happen for my entire life. I never thought it would, and I’m only mildly political so I never pushed for it, but we may see a new law that says a TV commercial can’t be “louder than the program it accompanies”, nor can it be “excessively noisy or ... Continue reading this article…

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Overkill At the United States Mint With New Coin Designs

by Luke Landes

In 1909, the U.S. Mint decided to honor assassinated President Abraham Lincoln by putting his likeness on the obverse of the lowest denominated coin in regular circulation, the cent. This new design, introduced for the centennial anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, replaced the “Indian head” cent. The model for this design was most likely not a ... Continue reading this article…

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The Pareto Principle: When to Apply, When to Ignore

by Luke Landes

In the late nineteenth century, an economist named Vilfredo Pareto noticed that 80 percent of the land in Italy was owned by 20 percent of the population. About a half century later, a management consultant named Joseph Juran discovered Paerto’s observation and developed the concept of “the vital few and the trivial many,” and used what came ... Continue reading this article…

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