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Weekly Blog Roundup: This Week’s Good Articles

by Luke Landes

Here are a few articles from my buddies at the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond from the past week. AllFinancialMatters says fixed rate mortgages back in style, according to a Tampa Bay Online article. Blueprint for Financial Prsoperity advises us not to be afraid of investing. Five Cent Nickel has three easy steps for protecting your privacy. ... Continue reading this article…

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Rule for Building Wealth: Keep it Simple

by Luke Landes

When you condense a wealth of financial knowledge into 10 “rules,” you’re taking part in a process known as “simplification.” Perhaps not ironically, that happens to be Fortune Magazine’s third rule for building wealth. Choosing three or four index funds – say, an S&P 500 fund, an EAFE fund, and a small-cap stock fund – ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Be the CFO of Your Own Life

by Luke Landes

I think there is a point in every person’s life at which he comes to a realization and has to make a decision that shapes the course of his life. This happened to me in the early part of the year 2002. I’ll spare most of the details, but at this time I realized I ... Continue reading this article…

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Five Things You May Not Know About Me

by Luke Landes

Steve over on his blog, Adventure Money, tagged me, so according to the rules I must come up with five things my readers may not know about me. I’ve been avoiding this for a few days, but I think at 1:30 in the morning I might be in the right state of mind to tackle ... Continue reading this article…

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Whining About the Lack of Interest in Their House?

by Luke Landes

The Jantzens are trying to sell their house, located in the woods of Kentucky. This house is an hour outside of Louisville, inconvenient for the owners, so they want to unload the property, downsize to fit their lifestyle, and move closer to town. For some reason, their house isn’t attracting any local interest among potential ... Continue reading this article…

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Money Magazine: 8 Smart Year-End Moves, Part 2

by Luke Landes

Here are four more smart year-end money moves, according to Money Magazine. I only conditionally agreed with the first four, so let’s see how the magazine did with the remaining tips. 5. Set your sights clearly. They suggest deciding well in advance the destiny of any year-end bonuses. This will prevent splurging to some extent. ... Continue reading this article…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

by Luke Landes

From all of us here at Consumerism Commentary (that is, me) to all who celebrate Thanksgiving today, have a happy holiday! I’ve been in California with my family for the last few days, and I’m thankful I have the means to travel to see them twice a year. Regular posting will return next week after ... Continue reading this article…

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U.S. Mint Will Try Dollar Coins Again

by Luke Landes

The U.S. Mint has unveiled the first designs for the new Presidential Dollar Coin program. The new coins will feel identitcal to the Sacagawea coins that begun production a few years ago. For some reasons, the American public just doesn’t like dollar coins. Most vending machines won’t take them, and companies don’t want to retool ... Continue reading this article…

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