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Bernanke’s Portfolio

by Luke Landes

Ben Bernanke is the guy who, if confirmed, will be the most visible individual and listened-to voice in regards to the United States economy. So his portfolio should tell us a little about his market philosophies. Here’s his financial disclosure form from 2003. Henry Blodget analyzed his portfolio and discovered: * He’s rich, but not ... Continue reading this article…

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Attack of the Killer Inflation

by Luke Landes

Liz Pulliam Weston at MSN Money is exploring the possible scenario in which inflation takes off in a manner like the period from 1979 to 1981. Even if inflation isn’t as high as 13.58 percent in one year, like it was in 1980 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the picture Liz draws can come ... Continue reading this article…

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Your New York Number

by Luke Landes

Note: If you are looking for my look at The Number, by Lee Eisenberg, start here. The following is a look at an article that appeared in New York Magazine before I was aware of the upcoming book. Wouldn’t it be great to stop working and have enough money never to run out for the ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival of Personal Finance #19

by Luke Landes

Welcome to the Carnival of Personal Finance, 19th edition! You are visiting Consumerism Commentary, a website where I discuss my personal finances with links to related news with commentary every once in a while. Here is a little about me and this website. You can browse my latest updates or start with the “Best Of ... Continue reading this article…

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Millionaire at Twenty-Four

by Luke Landes

CNN, in its Millionaires in the Making series, is featuring a story about Justin D’Angelo, who earns $150,000 working about an hour a day, selling products through a website. He uses drop shippers who handle the inventory and shipping, while he maintains the web interface and markets the products. He got involved in a range ... Continue reading this article…

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The Spam Stock Portfolio

by Luke Landes

I get mounds of spam every day, a good portion of which is full of stock recommendations. Joshua received similar emails, and decided to put the unsolicited advice to the test. How well would you guess this portfolio performed? What if I purchased 1000 shares of stock from EVERY stock tip mentioned in a SPAM ... Continue reading this article…

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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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Ben Stein’s Assumptions

by Luke Landes

Ben Stein is one of Yahoo! Finance’s new featured columnists. I’ve always liked his opinions on investing (but I’ve stayed away from his opinions in politics). In his latest column, Ben Stein takes some conservative assumptions for stock market performance and illustrates how the sooner you start saving for retirement, the better — much better. ... Continue reading this article…

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