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No Need To Panic About Flex Spending Accounts

by Luke Landes

Many people take advantage of employer’s flexible spending accounts. These accounts allow you to defer income which can be drawn upon to reimburse you for medical expenses. The benefit is the funds in these accounts are not considered income for tax purposes. In order to make the best use of these accounts, you have to ... 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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Making The Most Of The Holidays

by Luke Landes

The holiday shopping season is in high gear, and Marketwatch has an idea about how this can be used to your advantage. If you think that retail will have a positive season, John Spence recommends buying ETFs (exchange-traded funds) that follow the retail sector. They can be traded like stocks for those who like to ... Continue reading this article…

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A Look At The Number, Part 4: Advisors

by Luke Landes

This is Part 4 in a series about The Number by Lee Eisenberg. Part 1 is here, Part 2 is here, and Part 3 is here. Chapter 11 of Lee Eisenger’s book, The Number, focuses on the topic of financial advisors. The author’s opinions of the financial advice industry is neatly summarized by the second ... Continue reading this article…

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Ben Bernanke’s Only Stock

by Luke Landes

Ben Bernanke has only one stock in his portfolio: Altria Group/Philip Morris/Marlboro [MO]. This has been talked about by Jeremy Siegel, CNN Money, Henry Blodget at Slate, and the New York Times. Altria is included in a few of my mutual funds I hold for retirement. The company is also the biggest portion (4.73 percent) of ... Continue reading this article…

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Regular Rundown

by Luke Landes

* Google breaks past $400 * MIT presents its new $100 laptop, whose special features include a hand crank. * Interview with ex-head of IRS: Honest guys are getting screwed. * Gift cards have tricky fees. * States ranked by highest average closing costs when buying a house. There’s more variation in the top 10 ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Stress About Investing

by Luke Landes

Kiplinger’s presents four mantras for stress-free investing. If you’ve been feeling nervous about the stock market lately, perhaps considering these ideas will put you in a relaxed state of mind. 1. Think Long Term The longer you have until your savings deadline, the more risk you can afford to take. If your goals are decades ... Continue reading this article…

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Regular Rundown

by Luke Landes

* The future looks dark for hedge funds. * Don’t ask for a big raise this year; ask for a bonus instead. * GM is still at a 23-year low. In trouble or buying opportunity? * Bernanke will keep politics out of his decisions at the Fed. * Kiplinger’s top ten online banks list doesn’t ... Continue reading this article…

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