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Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express Review

by Luke Landes

American Express continues to top J.D. Power & Associates’ list for best credit card issuers for customer satisfaction, thanks mainly to its strong rewards programs like the one that accompanies the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card. The rewards program and top-ranked customer service from American Express continues to foster appreciation among personal card owners, and ... Continue reading this article…

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TradeKing $100 Cash Bonus For New Accounts and Free Trades

by Luke Landes
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From now until August 31, 2011, the TradeKing discount brokerage is offering a $100 cash bonus for all new accounts that are funded with at least $2,500 and execute three trades. If you happen to lose money in an investment, you won’t be penalized and will still receive the bonus. $100 bonus The $100 cash ... Continue reading this article…

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Net Worth Competition: Don’t Compare Yourself With Others

by Luke Landes
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One of the most important metrics for tracking financial progress is net worth. I write about my net worth, or a modified form of it, every month when I report my balances. I’ve been in the practice of publishing my net worth updates for eight years. By watching my net worth change over time — ... Continue reading this article…

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Sales Tax Holidays, 2011

by Luke Landes

For several years, many states offer sales tax holidays, several dates set aside during which merchants will not charge customers sales tax. Each year, the dates and the participating states change. I’ve updated this list for 2011 as we’re approach the back-to-school shopping season. Consumers should take advantage of the few days their state offers ... Continue reading this article…

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Spirituality and Money: The Pastor and the Purse

by Ellen Cooper-Davis
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This article is written by Consumerism Commentary’s new columnist, Ellen Cooper-Davis. Ellen’s column will look at the role of spirituality within the context of personal finance. This first article serves as an introduction to this new column, and your feedback is welcome. Give me your credit card statement, and I’ll tell you your theology. Well, ... Continue reading this article…

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The Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN Review

by Luke Landes

For people in certain businesses, perception is more important than reality. A real estate agent who sells high-value properties generally tries to impress his or her clients by looking the part of a high-value property real estate agent. Fancy cars, fancy meals, and fancy clothing are all part of this facade. While the American Centurion ... Continue reading this article…

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The Unemployment Cycle

by Luke Landes

The dangerous thing about advocating more saving and less spending, a responsible approach to personal finances, is that when the public applies this approach, the economy doesn’t move forward. The Commerce Department released consumer data from June today showing that personal spending dropped 0.2 percent during that month, the biggest decline since September 2009. It took ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, July 2011 ($380,209, +0.2%)

by Luke Landes

Before getting into my monthly financial reports, I wanted to take a moment to mention that The Second Annual Plutus Awards are now underway. The purpose of the Plutus Awards is to bring more public attention to personal finance blogs. While the community of blogs and their authors help move the industry forward by commenting ... Continue reading this article…

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