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Best Of The Week [redirected]

by Luke Landes

Here are some posts from other bloggers that I have enjoyed this week: * JLP talks about new savings programs for the working poor. Many of the working poor are inelgible for welfare, so these programs encourage them to create savings. * Five Cent Nickel encourages registration of domain names — it’s cheap and easy ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Forget – Carnival of Personal Finance

by Luke Landes

Here’s a reminder for all bloggers out there. The Carnival of Personal Finance will be hosted by Savvy Saver on Monday, so if you have an entry you’d like to be considered, please submit your information to her as soon as possible!

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Today’s Reading

by Luke Landes

Here are some news stories I read today. * Jon Markman’s 17 stocks that always go up * Personal bankruptcies hit record high [focus] * Mortgage applications up 9.9 percent * Even rich folks have bag-lady syndrome [focus] * Keeping new year’s resolutions * Thousands of customers had problems with TIAA-Cref [focus] * Too much, too ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Bankruptcies in 2005

by Luke Landes

Personal bankruptcies hit an all-time high in 2005. Two million people filed for bankruptcy last year. That includes a less-than-expected drop off in the filing rate after the new bankruptcy bill was enacted, making it more difficult for individuals and corporations to file. Lundquist Consulting provided the survey results. From their press release [non-permanent link]: ... Continue reading this article…

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Next Book Review – Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

by Luke Landes

I wasn’t contacted by the publisher to provide a review of this book. However, I did see it in the store last month while shopping for gifts, and I decided to pick it up. Stay tuned for a review of Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell at some point relatively soon. ... Continue reading this article…

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Early Morning Carnivals

by Luke Landes

If you’re an insomiac, you can stay up all night reading the latest Carnival of Personal Finance, hosted by All Things Financial. Another week of great articles have been included. Check out MyMoneyBlog’s post on tricky credit card offers and thoughts on HSBCDirect from Clutter2Cash. This is the 30th edition of the Carnival of Personal ... Continue reading this article…

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Hot Cars and Cheap Cars

by Luke Landes

The beginning of the year must be popular for talking about upgrading your vehicle. Recently, I mentioned the insurance discount for hybrid owners, but there are some additional stories about cars in the news. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine surveyed MSRP, service costs, resale value, fuel cost, and insurance cost to come up with a value ... Continue reading this article…

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Supersize My House

by Luke Landes

Slate is presenting an interesting essay slideshow on McMansions, the supersized abodes we love to hate. Why are Americans obsessed with big houses? The booming economy of the 1980s created great personal wealth, and wealth found expression in domestic architecture, as it always does. These large houses were variously referred to as trophy houses, starter ... Continue reading this article…

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