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Whole Foods CEO Internet Scam

by Luke Landes

The Chief Executive Officer of Whole Foods, John Mackey, has been posting on internet message boards, promoting his company’s stock (example) and pointing out the faults of others in the same category (example). I find it unlikely that a few messages affected the stock’s price to a significant degree, but that’s not the point.

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Survey Results: Your Comments and My Responses

by Luke Landes

I’m very happy for the feedback I received as a result of a reader survey. I’ve shared the hard data, most recently with your favorite types of articles to read. The survey also included a section for respondents to write any comments they may have, protected by anonymity. Here are some of those comments. Warning: ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The latest Carnival of Personal Finance is online at Broke-Ass Student. As always, there are lots of great articles, and the host has done a good job of selecting her favorites. In addition to hers, here are some of my picks for the week. What is Considered an Emergency? Here are a few guidelines for ... Continue reading this article…

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Reader Question: Ignoring Reconciliation in Quicken

by Luke Landes

Here’s a question about reconciliation and running reports in Quicken from a reader: I have quicken and would like to use it to run reports (net worth, where I’m spending, etc.). But it seems to be forcing me to do “reconciliation” which from what little I understand is to make sure there aren’t mistakes that ... Continue reading this article…

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Survey Results: What You Like (And Don’t Like) About Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

About a month ago, I asked readers to answer a short survey so I could learn about this blog’s readers. It was a fun experiment, but looking back, I could have designed the survey a little better. Regardless, the survey was successful. So far, I’ve shared who you are and your reading habits. Now I ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The latest edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance was posted on Blogging Away Debt earlier today. There are quite a few good articles this time around. Here are a few I enjoyed beyond the Editor’s Picks. Campaign Against Financial Myths: Part 1 – Financial Planning. Grad Money Matters disagrees with common preconceived notions about ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, June 2007 (Net Income: $2,223)

by Luke Landes

Late last night, I published June’s balance sheet. This is my income and expense report, which goes hand-in-hand with the balance sheet, explaining a little bit about how my net worth changed from May 31 to June 30. Thankfully, my higher-than-normal expenses were matched by higher-than-normal income. Here are the details.

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Personal Balance Sheet, June 2007 ($99,506, +1.33%)

by Luke Landes

The balance sheet I’ve been tabulating for the past few years leaves out a few important items. My report doesn’t include my personal property other than my car, nor does it include the tax I’d have to pay if I liquidated all of my assets. Therefore, it’s not accurate to call the bottom line my ... Continue reading this article…

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