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Another Week, Another Carnival

by Luke Landes

Carnival of Personal Finance #3 is online at AllThingsFinancial. Some interesting posts to highlight: Alphabet Soup, a guide to the different professional designations in finance. Nickel warns people to think before writing a check in a world where there is a hot black market for personal banking information. On AllThingsFinancial, JLP teacher us how to ... Continue reading this article…

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That Time Of Year

by Luke Landes

It’s gotten a little bland around here, I know. I’ve been working my ass off at work, and just about every other moment of my life is spent working on some random project, researching or writing papers for school, or spending time with my lady. I don’t get much sleep. I’m on the board of ... Continue reading this article…

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The Urge to Merge

by Luke Landes

According to the New York Times, Bank of America is buying MBNA. This is another reason why consumers should avoid carrying a balance on credit cards if they are being charged interest. As more credit issuers merge, there will be less competition. With less competition, annual fees and interest rates will rise. Update: CNN answers ... Continue reading this article…

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Master of Your Eminent Domain

by Luke Landes

Last week I talked about the Supreme Court decision regarding Eminent Domain. Hot on the heels of the decision, a town in Texas is preparing to seize 3 properties to make way for a marina. This time, businesses are involved rather than residences. The marina is expected to attract $60 million and create as much ... Continue reading this article…

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0% Balance Transfers

by Luke Landes

The 0 percent interest credit card balance transfer game is a popular one to play. I had first encountered the trend on the Motley Fool message boards a few years ago. The credit card companies are making these quick-money ideas a little more difficult to navigate, with rules that differ among the many different offers. According ... Continue reading this article…

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Time to Consolidate

by Luke Landes

I spent the last 45 minutes or so consolidating my student loans. I’m a graduate student, working on my Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix Online. Even though I have these loans, they get paid off as soon as I receive my reimbursement check from my company. However, when I first ... Continue reading this article…

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Handy Expiration Reference

by Luke Landes

For future reference: Real Simple magazine has published a guide to product expiration times. Also, here is the Table of Condiments That Periodically Go Bad, based on the periodic table of the elements. I have a version of this chart magnetized to my refrigerator.

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Carnival of Personal Finance #1

by Luke Landes

Welcome to Consumerism Commentary and the Carnival of Personal Finance! For an introduction to the Carnival, read this entry. For a schedule of upcoming Carnivals and their hosts, see this article. Below you will find the articles that have been submitted so far. The deadline was originally set for Sunday night at 10:00pm, but any ... Continue reading this article…

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