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Speaking of Fees

by Luke Landes

Is your financial manager worth it? Walter Updegrave from CNN/Money answers a writer’s question. The writer has had a financial manager in charge of $400,000 in mutual funds and stocks since 2001, to whom the writer has paid 1 percent per year, or $16,000 total, in fees. The assets have increased 1 percent over the past 4 ... Continue reading this article…

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Active Trading?

by Luke Landes

I added a link in my sidebar to an Exceptional Blog called The Kirk Report. The author, Charles Kirk, appears to be an accomplished investor. For the last few years, the amount of time I’ve spent thinking about wealth expansion and making a comfortable living, I’ve been following the theory of passive investing, that is ... Continue reading this article…

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Danger Likely Ahead

by Luke Landes

I could count on five pairs of hands the people who have told me that there is no way to lose when it comes to investing in real estate. The most emphatic are those individuals who for whatever reason have had very little formal education, and yet some bright people also tend to think this ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Update – July

by Luke Landes

I’ve been through many changes in the past few months. As you might have read below, I stopped working at my former corporate job and began working as a high school teacher, hence the pause in my 401(k) increases. During the summer, I am working part time at my old job and considering whether I ... Continue reading this article…

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Tips for the New Year

by Luke Landes

Keep more in 2004: 8 resolutions – Dec. 24, 2003 CNN presents five tips as we head into the new year. And here they are, summarized for your quick acceptance or rejection: Pay yourself first by saving for your retirement directly from your paycheck. If you’ve procrastinated this year, get over it. Quit smoking. Get ... Continue reading this article…

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Good News and Bad News

by Luke Landes

Let’s start with the bad news. The bad news is public college costs jumped 9.8 percent and private college costs went up 5.7 percent. The good news is that colleges are giving out more money to students. The bad news is that this money is in the form of loans, not grants. The good news is colleges ... Continue reading this article…

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Six Tips For Investing Beginners

by Luke Landes

Fool.com: 6 Investing Lessons Learned [Commentary] September 29, 2003 User ID: flexo[at]fiveandtwenty.com Password: flexoweb Matt Richey leaves us with some advice he has learned over the years. This is beneficial for anyone who wants to enter the stock market. Most people go in blindly, buying stocks they don’t really know much about. Matt emphasizes the ... Continue reading this article…

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Owning A Home, Owing Money

by Luke Landes

Rising interest rates make houses less affordable, and thus depress their prices. Homeowners who find themselves overextended may be heading for trouble. There are some dangers that come into play when buying a house right now. Many people tell me that there is no housing bubble. They say that since housing values have always gone ... Continue reading this article…

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