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A Look At The Number, Part 5: Your Passion

by Luke Landes

This is Part 5 in a series about The Number by Lee Eisenberg. Part 1 is here, Part 2 is here, Part 3 is here, and Part 4 is here. The third and final section of The Number is about discovering your Number, the net worth or yearly income required to live independently of working. ... Continue reading this article…

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It’s Budget Crunch Time

by Luke Landes

At work, I’m in the midst of working on the 2006 budget for a division of a large company. I’ve been putting in 12 hours days in the office, followed by several hours from home through the VPN. Two of my MBA courses are overlapping this week as well, and I have three and a ... Continue reading this article…

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The Ideal Stock Trader

by Luke Landes

What qualities constitute perfect stock traders? “They don’t sleep. They don’t ask for pay. And they aren’t subject to the equilibrium-killing forces of emotion…” Wired Magazine has a story about the increasing use of personal computers for automatic technical analysis — and in some cases, actual trading activity. Computers can continually run algorithms, always looking ... Continue reading this article…

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It’s Your Turn To Host The Carnival

by Luke Landes

As of today, the hosting list for the Carnival of Personal Finance is booked solid through May, 2006! If you’ve participated in the Carnival, you’re eligible to host. Sign up early to reserve an early slot, and hosts are encouraged to wear the badge.

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Carnival Monday

by Luke Landes

Ready to begin the week? The latest Carnival of Personal Finance is up at Frugal Underground. Check it out, and stand in awe of Sarah’s sorting method. The Carnival of the Capitalists has also been posted. Between the two, there is a lot of great reading to ensure you don’t get any work done today.

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Bank of America’s Keep The Change

by Luke Landes

Some time ago, Bank of America introduced a new program for its checking account, savings account, and debit card holders called Keep The Change. A friend of mine asked me to write about this program quite some time ago, and I said I would do so. I try to keep my word. The premise is ... Continue reading this article…

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Bat-Mitzvah For The Rich And Not Really Famous

by Luke Landes

If you have ten million dollars lying around and your daughter happens to be preparing for her Bat Mitzvah, why not drop the cash on a fancy party for her and her friends? While you’re at it, go ahead, invite some popular entertainters, such as Aerosmith, Tom Petty, and 50 Cent. Well, this is pricely ... Continue reading this article…

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Taking a Pay Cut Sometimes Pays Off

by Luke Landes

At the moment I’m writing this entry, 85 percent of respondents to an informal CNN Money survey say they’d be willing to take a pay cut if the situation was right, while the other 15 percent would not consider such a move. According to Jeanne Sahadi, who speaks from personal experience, there are situations where taking a ... Continue reading this article…

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