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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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It’s Monday

by Luke Landes

Although I haven’t submitted any articles to the Carnivals, you might want to check out the Carnival of Personal Finance #16 and the Carnival of Debt Reduction #3. If you are interested in hosting or participating in the Carnival of Personal Finance, you can get more info here. CNN asked this morning why more people ... Continue reading this article…

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Income Statement, September 2005

by Luke Landes

The table below reflects my personal income statement in conjunction with September’s balance sheet.

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Balance Sheet, September 2005

by Luke Landes

What follows is my personal balance sheet for the end of September, 2005. Thankfully, my net worth has made some gains this month. Some of that was due to increased value in my investment accounts and some was due to receiving three paychecks this month. Since I get paid every other Friday, the calendar rewarded ... Continue reading this article…

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Good Donation Motivation

by Luke Landes

Brian Wilson, the genius musician behind The Beach Boys, is offering to personally call any individual who donates $100 or more to a certain foundation supporting Katrina relief efforts. Here’s my challenge, for anyone who sends Jerry a donation of $100.00 or more, I will call you personally and answer a question that you may ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival of Personal Finance is Up

by Luke Landes

The latest Carnival of Personal Finance is online at Free Money Finance. My blog entry on Medical Billing Errors is included. Check out the Carnival if you have a chance, and discover some new bloggers — and some great posts by familiar bloggers such as the spirited discussion on the black market of CDs.

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Raise Your FICO Credit Score

by Luke Landes

You may have been offered a credit score when you took advantage of the free credit report offer. CNN is offering tips for boosting that score. But first a note. Often, credit scores offered by the credit reporting agency are not true FICO scores — the ones mortgage companies use when contemplating your credit risk, ... Continue reading this article…

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Fun With Google: Consumerism Is…

by Luke Landes

Here’s something to pass the time while we await the Fed’s announcement of a quarter-point rate hike. A few years ago, there was a meme that traveled from blog to blog whereby the author searched Google for the phrase “name is” (where name was the author’s name). The results were, of course, posted to his ... Continue reading this article…

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