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What Are You Afraid Of? Part 2

by Luke Landes

Earlier, I posted a summary of the first half of Money Magazine’s newest feature, Your Six Biggest Money Fears. In the feature, six general fears regarding personal finance are discussed and debunked, and for each an alternate concern is posited. Outsourcing makes many white-collar Americans concerned about their job. Still, it’s mostly blue-collar jobs that ... Continue reading this article…

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Cleaning House

by Luke Landes

You may notice some changes around here. Consumerism Commentary has a new design that’s easy on the eyes and makes the posts easier to read, while information in the sidebar is easier to get to. I’ve also removed links to blogs whose authors haven’t posted in several months. Speaking of blogs, there have been many ... Continue reading this article…

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Deciding to Go Back to School

by Luke Landes

Once in a while, we talk about the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree here (see Is the MBA Worthwhile? and Good Time to Be an MBA). Free Money Finance had a discussion this week about going back to school as well. How do you know if going back to school is the right thing ... Continue reading this article…

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Lucky Number 13

by Luke Landes

The Carnival of Personal Finance #13 is now available at Smart Money Daily. My post about the credit card grace period is included. Many good articles from other bloggers are included as well.

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What More Could Be Said

by Luke Landes

The country is obivously still reeling from Katrina. While talking about anything else makes little sense, with every blogger already writing about the event, evaluating governmental response, placing blame, and/or declaring on how they will give money to support those seeking refuge, I feel like the topic has been talked out. The logical conclusion of ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Accomplishments

by Luke Landes

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend. It’s been a difficult time for thousands of people with regard to the Katrina catastrophe. I hope every reader and their families are safe. Sometimes, we have to remember that there are more important things in life than reading and writing blogs. Before I left for the weekend, ... Continue reading this article…

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Balance Sheet, August 2005

by Luke Landes

Once again, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the monthy progress report. The good news is my balances went up this month. The bad news is that it wasn’t by much. If I get around to posting my income sheet for the month, we’ll be able to see where the problems lie. I keep adding ... Continue reading this article…

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Housing Boom Will Simmer

by Luke Landes

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan commented a few nights ago: Nearer term, the housing boom will inevitably simmer down. As part of that process, house turnover will decline from currently historic levels, while home price increases will slow and prices could even decrease. As a consequence, home equity extraction will ease and with it some ... Continue reading this article…

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