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Stress Management

by Luke Landes

Workers in the United States put in more hours on the job per year than those in other countries, according to the International Labour Organization, an agency of the UN. The survey finds that there is a higher level of worker stress in the U.S. With baby-boomers getting set to retire, a large portion of ... Continue reading this article…

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Price Waves

by Luke Landes

Jim Jubak has published an important article about inflation. Jim, with support from The Great Wave by David Hackett Fischer, explains how the Federal Reserve Bank is ignoring long-term inflation while being concerned with shorter, cyclical events. There is historical precedence for the price inflation the world is currently going through. Jim picks out some ... Continue reading this article…

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Archives and Categories

by Luke Landes

In addition to offering a new archives index for Consumerism Commentary, I’ve created a category cloud. The category cloud lists all categories in a text size relative to the number of associated posts. I’ve also begun recategorizing some of the older posts to fit nicely in the scheme I’ve been using lately. That project will ... Continue reading this article…

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This Month’s Bottom Line

by Luke Landes

Here are some of the things affecting my personal bottom line this month: * Income: I worked a smaller-than-average amount of overtime this month, so there won’t be much to talk about. The equivalent of my overtime pay before taxes is transferred to my Emigrant Direct savings account. * More income: I did some freelance ... Continue reading this article…

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Introduction to Hedge Funds

by Luke Landes

Hedge funds have received a bit of negative press lately. Here are just some examples from MSN Money (“Billions of dollars in hedge-fund money disappeared into thin air amid the GM mess”), Marketwatch (“Treasurys rise on hedge fund woes”), and The Herald (“Complex hedge funds criticised”). I’ve heard the term over the past several years, ... Continue reading this article…

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Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Lunch

by Luke Landes

For as long as I’ve been working here — nay, as long as I’ve been working — I’ve taken the easy, lazy way out by buying my lunch every day. Usually it’s from the cafeteria, but a filling and sometimes creative company lunch, even though subsidized, still costs more than six dollars. Eating at the ... Continue reading this article…

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Is The MBA Worthwhile?

by Luke Landes

Loyal readers may recall that I’ve been working on my MBA (master of business administration) degree through the University of Phoenix Online. Other MBA students from more traditional graduate schools are often surprised when I describe the amount of work required for the degree. I have a little less than a year left if I ... Continue reading this article…

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Working Class Millionaires

by Luke Landes

I’ve decided to make a slight change in my savings habits, and coincidentally, there’s an article on CNN Money that mentions the same technique. It’s the latest feature in CNN Money’s “Millionaires in the Making” series: Mark and Lori Gorney. The article notes that their story isn’t the typical money-making-via-real-estate tale, which is a good ... Continue reading this article…

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