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Your House: Asset or Liability?

by Luke Landes

Gurus like David Bach and Robert Kiyosaki profess the best way to get rich is real estate (while their net worth continues to increase through the sale of books and seminars). But what good is increased equity in the house if the only way you can use that money is to sell the house (downsize) ... Continue reading this article…

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HOWTO Get Personalized Financial Advice

by Luke Landes

I get a number of emails from individuals looking for financial advice. Presumably, these people read this blog and are hoping I will have some insight into their own personal finances. Even more often, I receive emails with requests for a certain topic they’d like to see me cover. While I’m flattered, those seeking personal ... Continue reading this article…

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Time To Catch Up

by Luke Landes

I’m back in the northeast and I have tons of catching up to do with blogs, school work, work, and more. First, I’d like to mention today’s Carnival of Personal Finance, which was hosted by pfadvice.com. Some of the most interesting entries in my opinion are Funny Munny’s comments on Verizon and Career Intensity’s Your ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend in Florida

by Luke Landes

I’ll be flying to Florida tomorrow morning and returning on Monday. I’m not sure if I’ll have access to the internet. In the mean time, you can browse the archive, which contains quick links to the last fifty posts as well as indexes by category and date. While you’re at it, consider subscribing to my ... Continue reading this article…

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One Carnival is Up

by Luke Landes

The Carnival of Debt Reduction is up at Blueprint! The newest Carnival of Personal Finance will be posted by Canadian Capitalist later this morning. Update: The Carnival of Personal Finance is now up at Canadian Capitalist. Another Update: Carnival of the Capitalists is up at Free Money Finance and the Carnival of Investing is up ... Continue reading this article…

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Pay Increase Details

by Luke Landes

I mentioned in the notes for my latest balance sheet that I’ve received my yearly raise and bonus. Here are some details. My bonus appears in today’s paycheck. My “2005 Annual Incentive Award” amounts to $2,848, or 7.18 percent of my 2005 base salary. Note than I am a “non-exempt” employee and I get paid for ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, February 2006

by Luke Landes

As promised, here is my personal income and expense statement. Putting this together helps me visualize where my money is coming from and where it’s going. Read on.

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Personal Balance Sheet, February 2006

by Luke Landes

I can’t believe it’s March already. I turn 30 this month. As if it’s a sign of things to come, Kevin Pollack won’t be coming to my birthday event because — so he says — the movie he’s filming has been delayed. Yes, a bunch of friends and I were planning to see the actor/comedian ... Continue reading this article…

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