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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Strategies

by Luke Landes

Just like for the older Xbox, the new Xbox 360 costs more to manufacture than Microsoft charges for the system. The retail price is $399 (which will eventually be cut down, which is the pattern for video game consoles) but the cost for all of the components is $552.27. Microsoft must believe that people who ... Continue reading this article…

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Ben Bernanke’s Only Stock

by Luke Landes

Ben Bernanke has only one stock in his portfolio: Altria Group/Philip Morris/Marlboro [MO]. This has been talked about by Jeremy Siegel, CNN Money, Henry Blodget at Slate, and the New York Times. Altria is included in a few of my mutual funds I hold for retirement. The company is also the biggest portion (4.73 percent) of ... 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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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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Bernanke’s Portfolio

by Luke Landes

Ben Bernanke is the guy who, if confirmed, will be the most visible individual and listened-to voice in regards to the United States economy. So his portfolio should tell us a little about his market philosophies. Here’s his financial disclosure form from 2003. Henry Blodget analyzed his portfolio and discovered: * He’s rich, but not ... Continue reading this article…

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Something About a Beaver

by Luke Landes

I’ve been quite busy over the last month or so, but I wouldn’t let a Monday go by without welcoming the latest edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance, this week hosted by Jonathan over at the great MyMoneyBlog. The low-down on the Carnival of Personal Finance can always be found here. Next Monday’s Carnival ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival Monday

by Luke Landes

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I made a pretty large purchase this weekend, and I’ll talk about that in a future post. It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for the Carnival. Hello, Dollar! posted the latest Carnival of Personal Finance and my thoughts on spoiled kids was included. Speaking of children, make ... Continue reading this article…

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Staying Away From Fund Fees

by Luke Landes

MSN Money is carrying an article suggesting ways to get around mutual fund fees. As mutual funds have become more complex, fund companies need to spend more on marketing to explain their products. The expenses are then, as one would think, passed along to the customer. Timothy Middleton suggests “marching straight into the new reality” ... Continue reading this article…

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