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Review: The Maui Millionaires by David Finkel and Diane Kennedy

by Luke Landes

The introduction of The Maui Millionaires by David Finkel and Diane Kennedy, CPA read like a sales pitch. This turned me off immediately. I felt like I was sitting in one of those free seminars with one of those energetic, motivational speakers, whose goal was nothing more than to sell me some abstract concepts and ... Continue reading this article…

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Best Credit Cards for 0% Balance Transfers

by Luke Landes

If you’re going to play in the credit card arbitrage game, first, make sure you’re a Type B credit card user. This means you avoid fees and interest, and use credit cards as a tool without letting the issuers use you to make money for the corporations. Next, you have to find cards with no ... Continue reading this article…

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US News Annual Investing Guide, Part 5: Real Estate

by Luke Landes

Where is real estate heading in 2007? It depends on who you ask. Alex Markels has submitted his thoughts to U.S. News & World Report for their annual investing guide, and the outlook is grim. Here are some points to take away from the article. * According to the UCLA Anderson Forecast, median new home ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup

by Luke Landes

Here are not-to-be-missed articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond from the past week. AllFinancialMatters flexes his financial advisor muscles and fields a reader’s question about 401(k)s. Blueprint for Financial Prosperity will tell you how much income is needed to buy a median-priced house. Five Cent Nickel shares reader-contributed advice for correcting Roth IRA over-contributions. Free ... Continue reading this article…

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Forget About the Latte Factor

by Luke Landes

See also: Put Your Savings Into Hyperdrive, Part 4: The Expensive Coffee-Related Drink Factor. I’m sure a number of regular Consumerism Commentary readers have heard about “The Latte Factor®,” the idea (trademarked by David Bach) that cutting back on a cup of gourmet coffee each day will result in wealth in the long term. My ... Continue reading this article…

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Ben Stein: Invest in 2007 or You’ll Regret It!

by Luke Landes

Before we get started with the details in US News & World Report’s Investing Guide, Ben Stein (actor, speech writer, guru) has some strategies to share with those wondering what to do with their money this year. Here are his thoughts. Dollar? Dollar? Dollar? The decline of the USD will continue as the United States ... Continue reading this article…

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Do I Need to Report This Income? Part 1

by Luke Landes

In general, if you have to ask whether you need to report certain income to the IRS, the most likely answer is, “Yes.” Here are some examples, courtesy of MSN Money. Q. I hosted a party to sell products to my friends (and use my social circle for multilevel marketing from some corporation), and my ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

Mighty Bargain Hunter was the first host of the Carnival of Personal Finance for the new year! Start your week off right by reading a bit of what the blogosphere offers in recent personal finance articles. Here are some consumer-related to start with: * My Two Dollars writes about The Art of the Complaint and ... Continue reading this article…

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