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Pay Increase Details

by Luke Landes

I mentioned in the notes for my latest balance sheet that I’ve received my yearly raise and bonus. Here are some details. My bonus appears in today’s paycheck. My “2005 Annual Incentive Award” amounts to $2,848, or 7.18 percent of my 2005 base salary. Note than I am a “non-exempt” employee and I get paid for ... Continue reading this article…

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Worrisome Market

by Luke Landes

I recently increased my pre-tax 401(k) contribution from 4 percent to 6 percent. It’s not a huge jump, and my company only matches that first 4 percent, but I feel like I didn’t save as much for retirement last year as I would have liked. My first paycheck with the increased contribution will be this Friday. I’m realizing ... Continue reading this article…

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Honda Hybrid at $10,000

by Luke Landes

According to the Japan Stock Blog (the original source is in Japanese), Honda is developing a low-cost hybrid vehicle. In 2007, it should be the first in the market in the $10,000 range. This sounds like a great move if the price of gasoline remains hgh. The questions will be about quality and traveling distance. ... Continue reading this article…

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Open Trading Window, Increased Contribution

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, the trading window opened for my company stock, so I decided to take the opportunity to increase my 401(k) contribution. Even though raising my contribution from 4 percent to 6 percent of my salary doesn’t affect company stock (employer matching contributions, which are half invested in company stock, half invested following my allocation rules) as the ... Continue reading this article…

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Where Should Teens Stash Their Cash?

by Luke Landes

Andrea Coombs at Marketwatch doles out the advice for teenagers in a new article, answering the question of where teens should keep the money they earn. Not surprisingly, the advice is eerily similar to the advice an older person might receive: Create an emergency fund in a high-yield savings account first, then fund a Roth ... Continue reading this article…

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Stupid Investment of the Week: Teach Me To Trade

by Luke Landes

The snow keeps piling up on the ground, and I’m going to have to face the music and dig my car out at some point. In the mean time, Chuck Jaffe presents his stupid investment of the week: The Teach Me To Trade seminar. I like when Chuck takes on these seminars in the “Stupid ... Continue reading this article…

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New Free $25 ShareBuilder Bonus

by Luke Landes

Updated June 24, 2010. ShareBuilder is offering a $25 bonus to new customers by using the promotional code “25WO10.” You get $25 to use to purchase whatever stock or ETF you like. I’ve had good experiences with a $50 bonus from ShareBuilder earlier, here and updated here. Here’s the deal on ShareBuilder for those who ... Continue reading this article…

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Roth 401(k) Not For Everyone

by Luke Landes

There’s a new retirement investing option being rolled out across the United States, the Roth 401(k). The new option allows you to take your after-tax income, invest in mutual funds or stocks, defer taxes on earnings, and begin untaxed withdrawals upon retirement. Since the limit in all 401(k) accounts per individual doesn’t change, if your ... Continue reading this article…

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